Giving away parts to a mate?
So – helping out my mate and getting him a better bike. I have already got some good upgrades for his existing bike cheap from here. Now I have a nice frame for him to transfer the nice bits onto.
he is a bit skint and the costs are adding up.
Would you give a mate a seatpost, clamp, headset, maybe a saddle? All from my spares collection
How about a wheel? lend the wheel? Again its a spare wheel
How far do you go?
Your thoughts appreciated – taPosted 5 years agoporter_jamieSubscriber
If you really don’t want/need it any more, then why not. you tend to help people that will help themselves. would he lend you a wheel/saddle or whatever back? don’t end up being his personal free wiggle/crc! i lend stuff to mates all the time, but then they lend me stuff all the time too – different length stems, tyres to try, that kind of thing. i have given an old mech i didnt need to someone before, but he gave me an old set of cranks for a ss. i guess i would rather give something to a mate and know he was going to use it, than sell it on ebay.Posted 5 years agojulianwilsonMember
we do that quite a bit between us but usually comes out in the wash in other things you can’t really ‘price up’: I build wheels and service forks for free, another mate sells vans and helped me a great deal (and haggled quite a bit off for me!) when I bought our t4. Expensive things will always pass between us at significantly less than we would ever accept selling them on the classifieds. A couple of interesting ales, homebrew or something gift-like and thoughtful seems an ‘OK’ exchange for what would probably be a lot more in ‘real money’ too. We also have a ‘team bike’, (16in scandal), which has several of our ‘team’s’ parts on it (for example I have a back wheel, most of a drivetrain and brakes ‘invested’ in it) and it sort of fits most of us. It lives with the owner of the frame and technically is his, but is freely loaned out and has been ridden and raced by quite a few of us.Posted 5 years ago
I’ve got a load of stuff that I’ll realistically never use but “might come in useful.” I’d class a mate needing parts as “coming in.”
Just using this as a sounding board to straighten the ideas out in my head.
Edit – essel – the wheel will get used I guess – the other stuff – accumulated bitsPosted 5 years agotoys19Member
This is just blatant fishing for compliments, either give him the stuff or don’t, but for gods sake don’t clutter up cyberspace with your middle class minutae.
I know a top bloke who gave a skint needy (but fast) friend a dh frame. In the benefactors words: “I’d rather he had it than sell it to some seeyounexttuesday on singletrack” 😆Posted 5 years agotoys19Member
Of course it is TJ, you are adult enough to not have to ask silly questions like this. You know if you love someone enough to give it away or not, and I know you are a caring/benevolent type so it’s a no brainer for you. I reckon the recipient hasn’t shown enough gratitude so you are fishing for some on here.Posted 5 years agotazzymtbMember
yep do it loads, and have given away chris king cogs and the like to folks on here to get them started with singlespeeding etc…or bartered lots of spare kit for beers or a donation to air ambulances and the like.
if it’s less than £40 it’s too much hassle to sell so I donate/give away to get get more folks riding.Posted 5 years agoAlasdairMcMember
For some balance to this, loads of nice folk on the forum clubbed together and built a bike for someone they’d never even met at Christmas. You’re already friends with the guy this thread is about, so put it into perspective and give him the stuff you’d never use anyway!Posted 5 years agoandrewhMember
I’ve been given a rather nice road frame with carbon forks and few other bits and bobs, tried to pay him for it but he wouldn’t take it. Kind of felt obliged to offer him something for it even though I couldn’t afford anything like what it was worth at the time.Posted 5 years ago
I have since given away a helmet, a stem, a mobi jetwash (that was broken, but the person I gave it to knew about electrics and made it work again) and some other bits, just good karma really.
If it’s someone I don’t know, off here for example, looking for cheap bits that I have, specific bolts for instance, then I’ll ask for a donation to Ratcliff Donkey Sanctuary in return.
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