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Are you a Bike Hoarder?


If you’re not sure what a “hoarder” technically is, here’s a definition:

Hoarding is the excessive collection of items, along with the inability to discard them. Hoarding often creates such cramped living conditions that homes may be filled to capacity, with only narrow pathways winding through stacks of clutter. Some people also collect animals, keeping dozens or hundreds of pets in unsanitary conditions.

People who hoard often don’t see it as a problem, making treatment challenging. But intensive treatment can help people who hoard understand their compulsions and live a safer, more enjoyable life.

Jack and I both know we’re hoarders, in fact we’ve each held on to bike parts for years and for the most part we think we can use those things some day. Here’s a few pictures of our hoarding activities. You may have already seen them on our Facebook Fan Page.

RL’s garage

I have a collection of 21 bicycles all together. I have 2 frames that I don’t want to get rid of because they have sentimental value to me…

More junk…This photo is actually a “cleaner” version. I had thrown out 2 trash cans full of stuff before I snapped this picture.

Jack’s shed

More of the hoard…bikes and crates full of parts, some of which he’s owned for 20+ years and move from place to place without actually opening the boxes.


Rather than trying to help you with your bike hoarding (cuz’ we’re not really convinced its a bad thing). We’d like to enable you with it. So here’s the deal. If you can submit a photo of your bike hoarding activities that tops Jack and RL’s stuff, then we’ll send you a BikeCommuters.com T-Shirt.

To enter the contest, EMAIL us your Best Hoarding Photo with the subject title: “Hoarding”

Our panel of judges will decide on which mess is worthy of a new shirt!

Contest ends on February 14th.

Good luck!

6 Comments

  1. RANTWICK

    Well, I a bit of a hoarder but I can’t touch that action! How about this guy from Toronto though? I guess he’s disqualified because they’re stolen.

    http://www.thestar.com/news/gta/crime/article/776159–bike-thief-igor-kenk-released-from-jail

  2. RL Policar (Post author)

    WHOA!

  3. Ghost Rider

    Yeah, Igor doesn’t count…although he exhibited ALL of the classic hoarder symptoms, he’s not one of us — but straight-up crook.

  4. Dacius

    Unfirtunately I suffer from OCD with regards to cleanliness and order, so I am an anti-hoarder. I almost always give away a bike when I buy a new one. Just trying to spread the biking fever around here. One bike at a time. LOL!!!!

    That being said, I would love to own so many bikes. I would just have to store them in a space three or four times the size you guys use in order to sleep at night.

  5. Dustcarts

    Many people associate bicycles with their childhood. You’ll be amazed at how different a perspective you get while riding a bike compared to driving. Trees, buildings and people don’t zoom by as they do when you are driving. It gives you more time to gaze around and see what’s around you.

  6. clever-title

    No one ever considers having a huge art collection to be hoarding. Hang those sentimental frames in giant shadowboxes, and you’re now a curator.

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