- Worn out bike parts, what do you do with them?
I used to have a Wall of Woe for broken stuff, but I have moved since – must resurrect it.
Honourably worn out stuff goes to the bin.
But more importantly is all the bike stuff that looked like a good idea when I bought it and then ends up on the shelf – eg just about anything from Crank Bros.
I hang on to it and every now and then build up a bike with every bad idea, crap or obsolete product I can find in my attic.
It is to remind me to control those “Ooh, that looks like a good idea” urges.
Each gets named the Penance Ex Attic. I used to take them to SS events but after doing a Dalby race on a crap bike with set of 10 year old NOS green Michelin Wildfires and frightening myself I have grown wiser.. 🙂
My next one will probably have a 14 speed front ring (yes, front) and an automatic cableless rear derailleur…Posted 4 months agonigewMember
I usually give part worn tyres to the local scrotes that live on the estate near me and anything with a bit of life I save up and give to a local charity that recycles bikes and helps people with past alcohol and drug problems get back into workPosted 4 months ago
https://happydayscycles.org/home/ in Sowerby Bridge if anyones interestedjekkylMember
I have a tub full of worn brake pads… I suppose I think to myself they still have some life in them and there might come a day when I need one BUT I always buy new pads in advance and have never once taken one out of the tub. I do throw away (recycle) old cassettes now but I keep worn chainrings.Posted 4 months agoDezBSubscriber
Chains usually go in the box that the new chain came out of and in the bin… but there are a few random chains around my garage, in drawers and boxes. Why? I dunno!Posted 4 months ago
Need to find a re-‘cycle’ place for tyres really. I ditch them well before they’re dead and leave them hanging up in the garage. (or on the floor if the fall off the hook)thisisnotaspoonMember
Depends how worn out it is.
Most stuff goes from the nice bike, to the local/winter/singlespeed bike and then the bin. Cassettes get thrown out when I upgrade to more gears (I rarely wear chains/cassettes to the point they’re completely unusable anymore).
I’m less of a hoarder than I used to be, but I still have crates of stuff that’s far too good to throw away, if I have kids they’re going to inherit some incredibly pimp 26″ bikes!Posted 4 months agoYakSubscriber
I usually take cassettes/chains/chainrings off etc and then put them in a freezer bag and write the mileage/wear on the outside. Y’know, just in case something is needed in a hurry for an already worn-out drivetrain.
Every few years I then dig out lots of these bags, by which time the writing has disappeared, so chuck the lot into metal recycling. It’s the equivalent of the Tupperware box in the fridge system – ie a delayed route to the bin.Posted 4 months agoHob NobMember
Most bits go in the bin.
Apart from my carbon wheel graveyard wall. It’s designed to make me rethink the thought process that carbon is a good idea when it comes to wheel material on an MTB.
So far its a pretty collection of Enve (x2), Easton, Derby, DT Swiss, Light Bike & Nextie. No discrimination here 8)Posted 4 months agomalgreyMember
Keep them, obviously, in full knowledge that you will never, ever, get them out of the manky bit of oil clogged filthy kitchen towel that you put them in, at the bottom of a box that only ever receives things, never has them removed.
After all, you never know.
Anyway, things like worn chainrings can make excellent Ninja Stars if (when) there’s ever a zombie apocalypse.Posted 4 months agoNorthwindSubscriber
I tend to replace things when they’re not quite worn out, so they can be emergency spares, works pretty well. Lots of stuff gets migrated down a bike, my commuter’s currently covered in ex-mtb 9 speed frinstance. Anything really servicable goes to the cycle recycle people and everything else goes in the scrap. (having scrap bins has really helped cut down my hoarding)Posted 4 months agoesselgruntfuttockMember
@essex, how much do you usually get for weighing in small stuff like that? I’ve got enough to make it worth doing but I haven’t a clue what to expect
Hmm..not much tbh. Cans & food trays are worth little as theyr’e cheap grade stuff anyway, may depend on which scrap merchant you use.Posted 4 months ago
Still, better in my pocket than the councils!
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