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How do you avoid accessories that just don't work?

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cbustapeck

Wore out three sets of tires already!
I'm curious as to your individual techniques to avoid buying accessories for a build that don't work when you have them in your hands.

I'm sure that it's different if you have a local retailer where one can buy random accessories, but what does one do without that?

The items below are ones that I bought for my Orange Krate build that haven't worked for one reason or another. Note: There's also a Stewart Warner Clipper repro head that isn't in this picture. Some visually just didn't feel right in person. Others physically didn't fit. And some were a rather different size than expected. Finally, there were some that were absolutely perfect for the build that I just didn't have space for.

All told, about 30% of the project cost has gone to items that I have not used.

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These streamers are a separate case - for the blue Stingray I am working on. This is the listing photo from eBay. When they arrived, they looked a lot more green than expected - they are supposed to be silver.

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I so do not want this to sound like I am complaining - I am not. I just want to learn and spend less money on parts that I don't use.

The best idea I have right now is to be willing to return items and accept the loss on the shipping costs, which will be significant, but it's better than having sunk money into stuff taking up space that I don't use, I think.

I very much appreciate your thoughts and brains.
 

Frank and Pam Skid Kings

I live for the CABE
It's tough for sure. That's why swap meets are so great. You can see and touch the parts before you buy, no big surprises. Likewise, selling your extras and mistakes at a swap is great. No shipping. That being said, come on vaccine ! No matter what though, you will wind up with extra parts and sometimes lo and behold they are something you can use on another project !
 

morton

I live for the CABE
I suspect almost everyone here has had buyer's remorse more than once, or as in my case, many, many times. We see something cool, fork over the dough, and the item(s) doesn't fit or work as we thought, etc. That's when the what was I thinking mode kicks in.

It's a common ailment for those who "acessorize" their rides.
 

wheelbender6

Finally riding a big boys bike
Research. research. research (If you don't have swap meets near).
Just reading a lot of posts about your particular model of bike can help you determine what will work.
 

Freqman1

Riding a '37 Dayton Super Streamline
Unless a part isn’t as described I never return it because I screwed up. I think a good plan from the start alleviates a lot of this. Do your research, look at other builds for what did and didn’t work, and stick to the plan. V/r Shawn
 

Superman1984

I live for the CABE
Unless a part isn’t as described I never return it because I screwed up. I think a good plan from the start alleviates a lot of this. Do your research, look at other builds for what did and didn’t work, and stick to the plan. V/r Shawn
Hell I have cut bars that wouldn't fit my 1 1/8 threadless head set because they were listed wrong & or didn't offer that style for what I wanted to pay. Sometimes it's their fault, sometimes mine for senselessly buying, and like stated if you don't use them now; list them for sale to recoup $ or save them as a maybe item for another build
 

cbustapeck

Wore out three sets of tires already!
I'm trying to figure out how you were ever going to get that speedometer to work on any bike.
Mechanically, it wasn’t going to work - nor, for that matter, is the one that I put on there - a basic Schwinn. That doesn’t bother me one bit. The speedometer is there for aesthetics, at least for me.

Imagine the the plastic tabs have been shaved off and there isn’t a massive mess. I think that it could really work, at just the right angle. However, I hadn’t thought about how much it would encroach on my knees. As for option 2, it almost works.

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Please understand: I am not saying that they work, just that that was my vision.
 

Superman1984

I live for the CABE
Mechanically, it wasn’t going to work - nor, for that matter, is the one that I put on there - a basic Schwinn. That doesn’t bother me one bit. The speedometer is there for aesthetics, at least for me.

Imagine the the plastic tabs have been shaved off and there isn’t a massive mess. I think that it could really work, at just the right angle. However, I hadn’t thought about how much it would encroach on my knees. As for option 2, it almost works.

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Please understand: I am not saying that they work, just that that was my vision.
You could build a frame or mount and put it in the bars.
 

tacochris

Finally riding a big boys bike
5-6 years back I got a wild hair up my rear and started bidding on bicycle accessory "lots" on the ebay. Like boxes filled with grips, headlights, streamers, reflectors etc. After winning about 2-3 times I realized after a while why no one was fighting me over them. Lol I ended up overloaded with cheap Bell nonsense and middle-weight stuff and ended up selling most of it off to a friend with the exception of some crash rails and some odds and ends. Ive learned to stay off ebay when I get a case of the big eyes.
 

Barto

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Yup, Display shelf is the answer, I have several shelves of mistakes! Hell, I just bought a 2 speed shifter and pully with no bike to put it on...Going straight to the display cab and waiting for that special project./..or it will just look cool as hell SITTING THERE!

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cbustapeck

Wore out three sets of tires already!
I'm trying to figure out how you were ever going to get that speedometer to work on any bike.
I present you a bicycle where I think it totally works visually:
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