Dealing with Bicycle Hoarding

there is help - call 1-800-BIKECRAP today

there is help – call 1-800-BIKECRAP today

Ever since 1994, Bike Crap Be Gone, Inc. has provided help for bicycle hoarders and their families by providing them with a fresh start. We have helped thousands of individuals over the years in not only restoring their homes, but also in restoring their lives. Bike Crap Be Gone, Inc. has numerous bicycle hoarding clean up options, which range from a complete clean out to organizing and recovering items of importance. Bicycle hoarding remediation is a specialized service which requires special skills and qualities to achieve a successful result.

We do not simply enter a home that is affected with bicycle hoarding conditions and throw everything out. The reality is that beneath the mountains of clutter and chaos there will be items of importance and value that should be kept. Our attention to detail and understanding of this fact places Bike Crap Be Gone, Inc. in a category above and beyond our competitors. During the remediation process, we can package, transport and even store items while in the process of removing unwanted items.

One call to Bike Crap Be Gone, Inc. and we can arrange a free assessment of your home. We will evaluate your individual situation and develop a plan of action that is unique to your needs. We will put it in writing so you know up front what our services include and what our fees will be with no surprises. We also offer 24 hour phone and email support to answer any questions that will be tended to by our professional and compassionate staff, all of which have hundreds of hours of on scene experience with bicycle hoarders and tending to their needs.

From moderate clutter to severe bicycle hoarding situations, we can help you through this. Contact a bicycle hoarding specialist today to learn more about how we can start the process of restoring not only your home but your life as well!

Bicycle hoarding Cleanup

Need bicycle hoarding help and don’t know where or how to start? We can help with all of your bicycle hoarding clean up needs and more. For 19 years we have been providing caring and compassionate bicycle hoarding cleanup services while offering additional help for bicycle hoarders and their families. Professional and specialty bicycle hoarding help can be difficult to find for the cleanup process. First, understand that bicycle hoarding is a symptom of one or more underlying disorders, but that doesn’t mean it is a life sentence. We can provide help for bicycle hoarders in many ways. We understand that bicycle hoarding and severe clutter can cause embarrassment and shame.

Please know that we have entered thousands of bicycle hoarding homes and nothing you have will surprise us. We are here to make your situation better, not worse so we are caring and non-judgmental, no matter whether you are hoarding old french crap or the latest carbon crap, we are here to help. Our main focus is to help you regain control of your home and get those damn filthy bikes out of there.  No situation is too severe and change is always possible.

Help for Bicycle hoarders

Bike Crap Be Gone, Inc. was developed to provide compassionate help for bicycle hoarders. Our staff of bicycle hoarding experts, are all highly trained in the bicycle hoarding disorder and know how to keep you comfortable. Bicycle hoarding help should be compassionate and discreet. It is not your neighbors business why we are there and our unmarked, plain white vans will ensure your secret is safe. We want you to know our bicycle hoarding help is here for you and we will make a customized plan within your comfort level. Bicycle hoarding cleanup can go smoothly and without the stress and anxiety that has most likely built up inside you. Do not be ashamed, let our bicycle hoarding cleanup specialists help you through this.

Family Members – Before You Can Help, You Must Understand! First, let me say, I am glad you found our site. We are a free service for people to find the help they need to effectively deal with a loved one affected by bicycle hoarding. First, since you may or may not be educated in bicycle hoarding let me go over some basics. Bicycle hoarding is simply defined as the accumulation of items within a home that exceeds what is needed for a normal, functioning household. Bicycle hoarding cases vary in severity, from mild clutter to severe bicycle hoarding conditions, but in all these cases the same underlying factor is true: the daily function of the household has been compromised by the accumulation of bikes and bike related crap.

In our countless hours of experience, we have found that bicycle hoarding is often found to affect brilliant people. We have assisted over 2,000 bicycle hoarders with 70% or more holding past or present careers such as engineers, professors, teachers, psychologists, and even rocket scientists. Simply put, bicycle hoarders syndrome is an “intelligent syndrome.” This is important to mention because it makes the job for families that much harder. Due to the bicycle hoarder’s level of intelligence, they are able to hide the disorder and commonly they are placed into positions where they manipulate family members and loved ones so that their bicycle hoarding issues are minimized.

Additionally, bicycle hoarders are also found among the elderly who just hold on to bikes and bike crap filled with memories or lack the physical ability to take items to swap meets like they once could. Undoubtedly, there may be countless reasons that contribute to an individual that is a bicycle hoarder. Understand that your loved one most likely knows it is wrong, wants to stop, but is unable to control it. When you confront them, they will almost always become defensive and deny they have a problem. This is just human nature. Think of situations where you may have been confronted with something that you may know is wrong and may already feel guilty about. The quickest and easiest way out of facing that situation may be to become defensive or to buy some more supple tires for the pile out back.

Please realize that there is not an underlying psychological disorder or disorders that accompany bicycle hoarding. Bicycle hoarding is perfectly normal but really annoying behavior.

Some common reasons people begin bicycle hoarding are:

* Randonneuring

* Rivendell Rummage Sales

* Peter Weigle’s Flickr

* Heredity (grew up in a bicycle hoarding home)

* Fear of forgetting those stories everyone loves to hear (items hold memories)

* Don’t want to upgrade to 9 speed drivetrain

* And literally hundreds of other reasons we hear regularly.

The point we are trying to make is that “bicycle hoarders” are not simply too lazy to take out the trash. Bicycle hoarding is a complex disorder that requires much more than a good house cleaning. One thing that holds true is that unless the individual bicycle hoarder is facing eviction or city action, a forced cleanout will not “fix” the issue of bicycle hoarding. Besides, if you do clean a bicycle hoarder’s house without addressing the issue, they will just fill it up again. To truly stop someone from bicycle hoarding that has not sought help, they will need therapy/counselling, often times they may need medication, a cleanup of their residence by a company that specializes in working with bicycle hoarders, and good follow up care.

If you are unable to find help in your area, we can assist you. We have not only a database of bicycle hoarding remediation companies, but we can also refer you to counselors, therapists, support groups, etc. We can also answer many questions you (1-800-BIKECRAP) may have. The best advice is to start by calling our 24 hour helpline so that we can get you and your loved one the help that they need. Most importantly, be patient, understanding, and compassionate towards your loved one. We will help you handle the rest!

Bicycle hoarding Disorders

Bicycle hoarding affects all types of people, young and old, male and female. The type of clutter that is found within a household often times reflect the interests, hobbies or career of the individual, although sometimes the  type of clutter may seem completely random, also. Either way, the fact of the matter is that the bicycle hoarding is affecting the individual’s life, and may be affecting those surrounding them as well. In the end, the bicycle hoarder’s lifestyle may be dramatically altered, ranging from a limited social life to being cut off from family and friends as a direct or indirect result of bicycle hoarding. This ultimately leads to the bicycle hoarder becoming more and more attached to the clutter that surrounds them, relying on their “stuff” for social interaction and comfort. In the case of gnome hoarders, this may be truer, with the bicycle hoarder finding solace and companionship in their gnomes.

In our experience, we have found that the most common cases of bicycle hoarding exist within certain trends or labels. Listed below are the most common bicycle hoarding cases that we have worked with through our 16 years of experience. Some are actual medical terms, while some are simply descriptions of the type of bicycle hoarding that is affecting the home.

gnome hoarding can be a serious problem for everyone

gnome hoarding can be a serious problem for everyone


A person that acquires more gnomes than they can properly care for is classified as an gnome hoarder. The reality is, gnome hoarders typically begin their accumulation with the best intentions-whether saving gnomes, providing shelter, adoption, or one of the many other reasons for gnome hoarding-their pure intentions soon fade into the background as the inability to properly care for the growing number of gnomes becomes more evident. As the accumulation of gnomes grows, either through the steady acquiring of more gnomes or through the gnomes producing litters of their own, the situation can quickly spiral out of control. The loss of control often results in the gnomes often becoming sick or worse, dying.

More often than not, we encounter gnome hoarder’s homes that are also affected with the general accumulation of clutter. These homes can present extremely dangerous conditions due to the safety issues contributed to the clutter in addition to the gnome waste issues that are present within the home. These homes need to be addressed by professionals that specialize in gnome hoarding and bicycle hoarding scenarios before the home is safe for re-occupancy. Bike Crap Be Gone, Inc. offers a cleanup program that is dedicated and specific to your particular needs, while providing the remediation services needed in these scenarios to restore the home to a safe, clean, and functional living environment. Please visit our GNOME HOARDING page for more information and very touching pictures.

BEAUSEAGE-O-MANIA – bicycle trash hoarding

Beauseage-o-mania is defined as the hoarding of pure bicycle trash. Although pure beauseage-o-mania  hoarding cases – where there are no items of value, sentiment, or functional use – are rarely seen, they do exist. When we encounter these types of bicycle hoarding cases, generally the overall conditions of the home are despondent. Extremes have usually been met, such as utilities being completely shut off, and the home being contaminated with a combination of twine, shellac, crocs, and dirty old cloth bar tape. These individuals in general tend to have more severe symptoms of mental disorder than the average bicycle hoarder. These symptoms require specialized treatment from not only a mental health standpoint, but also in addressing the conditions of the home. Only a company that values the human element like Bike Crap Be Gone, Inc. can be trusted to compassionately tend to the remediation needs of these individuals.

BICYCLE LARDER HOARDING – hoarding of bicycle food

Bicycle larder hoarding, or more commonly known as bicycle food hoarding, is attributed to the fear of losing everything. This fear drives the individual to stockpile items that may assist in a perceived “survival mode,” where they are forced to live off of their stockpile of ensure, malto powder, and gel shots.

Although everyone should have some kind of reserve in case of emergency situations, such as a natural disaster or losing a job, these individuals take this ideal to an extreme by turning their home into a storage unit for their excessive stockpile of food and other items. The large majority of the items in these scenarios go remain untouched and unused until they try to give them to friends when on bike rides. Bicycle food hoarders are difficult to reason with, taking as example the fact that many of them do not see any validity behind expiration dates for food items.

worries over not getting credit for a ride due to not having a receipt causes randonneurs to hoard receipts

worries over not getting credit for a ride due to not having a receipt causes randonneurs to hoard receipts


A randonnee receipt hoarder is a bicycle hoarder that has large piles of receipts from quicky marts and safeways throughout their home that far exceeds the normal amount that an average household may contain. These individuals will retain the receipts with the intention in their minds that they will need them at the end of some randonnee in the future or to confirm that a randonnee in the past actually was ridden. The piles continue to increase in size and scope to the point where entire rooms are filled with potential proof of passage for rides and troubling questions from RBA’s that never materialize.

Additionally, the amount of receipts that fill the home becomes so extensive that it would take dozens upon dozens of trips to the recycling center to remove all of the receipts. Bike Crap Be Gone, Inc. has worked with numerous randonneurs that have needed our help in receipt removal. In these cases, we will transport all receipts to a local RBA for processing. Also, our vehicles are large enough so that we can cut the dozens of trips to the RBA down to a handful, and ultimately fulfill that original intention of providing proof of passage that the randonnee receipt hoarder intended.


When we meet with bicycle hoarders that appear to be supple tire-aholics, we understand that this is not the case most of the time. Remember that most bicycle hoarders over time lose a large part of their social lives and find themselves feeling alone with just a quarterly magazine for information, and without the joys and happiness their lives were once filled with before they learned of supple tires.

The thrill of a supple tire creates a high, and a release of endorphins that gives them a quick boost of happiness and joy we call the “high plane”. Unfortunately as they drive home with their supple tires, or the supple tires are being shipped to their residence the high is a little less and by the time the supple tires arrive at their homes, the high is completely gone. The supple tires were not truly needed in the first place and with the rush of positive feelings now gone, the supple tires are simply placed in a pile, and rarely will any of them be used.

This replacement of true emotions and positive feelings by collecting supple tires can not only quickly fill a residence, but can put the bicycle hoarder in a terrible financial state with credit cards racking up large balances. The stress of compiling debt and growing clutter compounds the depression. This is yet another way a bicycle hoarders lack of true interactions with people and finding healthy ways to get happiness from riding bikes spirals them deeper and deeper into a world of isolation, clutter and financial debt.

We work with many bicycle hoarders that suffer from compulsive supple tire purchasing. Through our understanding of this disorder and our compassion, patience and desire to help we can help the bicycle hoarder de-clutter their homes, return many of the unused and unopened items and let us help bicycle hoarders find ways to bring fulfillment and self-worth back into their lives. Supple tires will never replace the people and real things that bicycle hoarders are so often missing. Call us today if you or a loved one’s suffer from compulsive purchasing of supple tires and let us help you get back on track.

Bicycle hoarding Help

Our bicycle hoarding clean up help is more than just a disposal service. Our bicycle hoarding experts will help you sort through your contents, to make sure we recover all items that every functioning household should have, plus all valuables, sentimental items, important documents, statements, bills and photographs. We will work by your side to make sure your residence is cleaned while not causing any additional stress, anxiety or frustration.

Bicycle hoarding cleanup can go smoothly.

Questions? Call 1-800-BIKECRAP, and soon we will leave you feeling great in your new home. Call our bicycle hoarding help line today with any questions. Our bicycle hoarder help will soon be available in many parts of the country, and if we can’t personally help you, we will refer you to a legitimate company that can.

Portable Grill for Cycles Road Test

As announced recently on Instagram here is our product review of a portable grill for cycles.

We have all been there – enjoying the wilds by the campfire and wishing we had some way to grill our sports energy bars and boil some water for our herbal tea. Well, we here at CRC don’t accept advertising so we can call em like we see em, and have tested the latest product and here is our unchangeable and irrevocable pronouncement on this device.

cute grill attached to a pink 29er is the subject of this review

cute grill attached to a pink 29er is the subject of this review


There was no packaging available for review and comment, the grill came pre-installed on a tarted up pink 29er mountain bike.


The grill was not chromed. We only like chromed grills as powdercoating scuffs, smears, and peels when placed over a flame and makes our weenies smell and taste funny.


The grill seemed to fit nicely although it was not perfectly level.


No luggage was included with the grill, but it seems as though it might be suitable perch for a basket as well as a couple of bags; but we did not investigate this possibility.

Planing/tubing selection

The tubes were not thin wall. The grill did not plane. Roll down tests were inconclusive. Wind tunnel tests were not performed. It is important to note that there were no open brazing holes for gnomes to be inserted or to obtain oxygen and fresh air.


The grill did not appear to be low trail.


We did not notice fenders or lights on the grill.


The grill was difficult to remove by firelight for use on the fire, and several small pieces of hardware were lost in the darkness. The grill burned our fingers painfully after we tried to move it while in use. The space between the tubes was much too large and our items to be grilled continually fell into the ashes. As we continued to struggle with the grill, we were shocked by a high pitched screaming which we thought were gnomes inside the grill trying to escape.

The grill was quickly removed from the fire (hence the burned fingers) although we were unable to determine if any gnomes were damaged. Later, we realized the screaming sound was actually our spicy vegan sausages sizzling.

We recommend the application of stickers that read ‘caution, hot while in use’ on the grill.


We simply cannot recommend this portable grill for grilling. Use as a grill does not even seem to have  been considered at all in the design, which is completely baffling to the road tester. Perhaps if you need a rack for carrying things on your tarted up pink 29er mountain bike, this grill is probably just fine, but we did not investigate this feature and cannot in good conscience endorse the use of a grill as a rack.

Disclosure: CRC does not accept advertising nor does it manufacture product – we call em like we see em.

Gnome Care for the Beginner

We are continuing our popular series “How to not embarrass yourself when Randonneuring” with a short article on gnome care. This article discusses ways to look after your gnome and keep your bike planing like the dickens.


A healthy gnome is a joy to behold

A healthy gnome is a joy to behold

Perhaps you have just bought a gnome on the spur of the moment or drunkenly bid on one at a charity auction (and won!) and you have no idea on how to care for it. Maybe you think you know the basics but would like to learn more; like what to do with gnome droppings when cleaning the frame, or what food and plants you can give to your gnome.

If you have just returned home with your new gnome you are going to need to know how to correctly introduce your newly purchased friend in to his or her new home in your randonneuse. Like most people around bikes, your gnome can easily get burned out and sometimes even get sick of cycling. To minimize the chance of this happening, read on and keep those gnomes happy and oscillating!

If you read over all the articles we have on this site, by the time you have finished you could have earned an online certificate in gnome care if you were to have enrolled in our online course in gnome care so give enrolling a chance and then you could earn extra money in your spare time as a certified professional gnome care giver.

Regardless of your enrollment status, if you study all of our articles you can be confident that you know what you are talking about when it comes to gnomes, and that you are an expert who can help friends, family and passersby learn more about how to care for them.

A gnome is an easy creature to keep and care for. They take up relatively little room in your home. They don’t bark loudly or leave hairs on your sofa, they don’t whine to be let out for a randonnee, they usually remember to put the toilet seat down, and also they don’t require expensive treats.

All they need is a low trail cycle with standard size thin wall tubing, a little tonic in the frame to make it less harmful to them, and regular feeding every day, and that’s it. Do that and you won’t hear a peep out of them.

Introducing your gnome to your frame

This can be the most important step in gnome care. First we’ll tell you what not to do.

Jamming them down the seat tube

Yeah, we know, that is the biggest hole in your frame, but put the gnomes in your seat tube and they will get caught in your bottom bracket and you’ll get all kinds of creaking noises. Cheap carbon bikes with gnomes stuffed down the seat tube by non-union labor always creak. To insert your gnome properly you need to get a gnome hypodermic available from our online store and inject them into the brazing vent holes of your frame. Once the gnomes are inside they will expand and and start oscillate and will not fall out.

A frame with properly inserted gnomes makes a ‘ping’ sound when flicked with a finger, not a ‘thunk’.

Adding Too Many Gnomes at Once

What low trail randonneuse owner isn’t eager to fill the frame with gnomes? Unfortunately adding too many gnomes all at once is another common new gnome installer mistake. Until the beneficial bacterial colonies have fully established within the frame, the randonneuse cannot safely support a full load of gnomes. Only add a couple of small hardy gnomes initially. Wait a week or so until both the ammonia and nitrite levels have risen to optimal levels before adding more gnomes. You can buy testing equipment at our online store.


Even after getting through the initial startup, it’s very common for new owners to overstock the randonneuse. Although an experienced person may successfully keep a troupe of twenty gnomes in randonneuse, it would be disastrous for a beginner to attempt it.

Debate exists over the inch per cm of inserted seat post rule, but it provides a good basic yardstick from which to start. I recommend taking eighty percent of the net seat tube length after seat post insertion as the maximum number of gnomes to keep in the frame. The net seat tube length is the amount of seat post visible after the powdercoating and polishing.

For example, let’s say a randonneuse holds 16 cm of seat post after the frame saver and internal wiring have been added. Multiplying 16 times 80% yields a result of 12.8 – or about 13 gnomes as a maximum number for this frame. It is always wise to go under the maximum to rather than all over. Remember, crowded gnomes do not oscillate freely.

Keeping Incompatible Gnomes

New randonneuse owners often choose gnomes that look appealing to them, without knowing the environmental needs of the gnome. Some gnomes may fight with one another, or require widely different internal frame conditions. Either way, they should not be kept together. Always research each variety of gnome before choosing frame mates. Select peaceful gnomes that thrive in similar air conditions. Older gnomes up for adoption are available at our online store.


The number one mistake made by gnome owners other than overstocking is overfeeding their gnomes. Gnomes are opportunistic and will seek food at all times. Just because they appear hungry, doesn’t mean they need to be fed all the time, so don’t fall for those big sad puppy eyes when they are getting unruly.

Feed them no more food than is completely consumed in five minutes or things will get messy fast in your randonneuse.

During startup, feed gnomes no more than once per day, and during critical times when there is an approaching grand randonnee, withhold feeding for a day or two to reduce the wastes being produced within the randonneuse. Gnomes can easily go several days without food, and not suffer ill effects. This is important to know when shipping your bike to PBP.

Not Testing the Air

New owners aren’t magically given full knowledge of the oscillation cycle, and the need to monitor the air chemistry in their randonneuse. As a result they often are unaware of the need to test their air, and fail to take steps to deal with harmful toxins.

When the frame is first set up, it should not be ridden for a day or two. Before adding the gnome to the randonneuse, the pH, ammonia, and nitrite levels within the frame should be tested for a baseline record. During the startup cycle it is important to test the ammonia and nitrites often (see Nitrogen Cycles website for details). Once the randonneuse’s internal environment is well established, test the air monthly to be aware of unseen problems that may be brewing. If gnomes suddenly die, test the air to see if anything has changed. Testing equipment is available in our online store.

Tips for Getting Gnomes to Lay Eggs

Do your gnomes lay their eggs in the tool box, on the ground, in tall grass — everywhere but in the low trail randonneuse? Sometimes gnomes can be very stubborn about this habit. These tips will encourage your gnomes to lay in their low trail randonneuses, making sure you get the maximum number of fresh, clean eggs.

Make laying eggs in your bike appealing. Ensure that your randonneuse is kept in a dark, quiet corner of the house. Gnomes have the instinct to lay their eggs in a safe place.

Train them with a “nest egg.” You can purchase fake ceramic eggs from online, or use a golf ball. When your gnomes get ready to start laying, placing the fake egg in bottle cage will give them the idea that the bottle cages are “the place” to lay their eggs, too, if the egg will not fit inside the frame.

How to feed a gnome

You are probably very excited about your new gnomes and want to feed them as soon as you can, to watch them eat. It is better to wait and allow the gnomes some time to settle before you feed them, then when you do for the first time, be careful to not overfeed them.

There are many different gnome foods available in cycle stores and you should choose one that comes recommended or is from a well-known gnome food brand. TetraGnome® is the market leader. The food normally comes in the form of flakes and contains all the nutrients your gnome needs, be sure to get a food brand that is specifically for gnomes and not elves or your gnome may become depressed and negatively affect your randonnee elapsed time and/or stats. You can purchase TetraGnome® gnome flakes in our on line store.

A good gnome food in flake form is all you ever need to feed your gnome. Some gnomes owners do like to feed their gnomes fresh food from time to time, which although it sounds like a nice thing to do, it can easily bring disease or pollute the gnome’s environment that would not have happened otherwise.

It can be exciting to watch your gnomes eat live food so if you really want to do it, get some frame fleas (daphnia) from your pet shop rather than catching them from a constructeur’s workshop. Don’t put too many frame fleas in to the low trail cycle at a time as they can quickly start to decompose and cause odor problems.

Remember, only buy what you need and use it while it is fresh.

Did you know that over-feeding is the most common problem of gnomes dying? If you over-feed the gnomes, the leftover food will remain in the low trail cycle and pollute the frame, feeding your gnome’s developing diseases. Only feed the gnomes as much food as they can completely consume in five to ten minutes.  However, feeding should be done twice a day or more during randonnees.

A great invention is the frame bag feeding rig, which will keep all the food in one place. This way the gnomes know exactly where to find the food. It is also especially important for you to not accidentally consume your gnome flakes while on a randonnee, even if you are bonking horribly, as most randonneurs never recover from gnome flake consumption.

Symptoms your gnome maybe ill

Gnome is gasping at the frame brazing vent holes to get oxygen

Gnome is oscillating abnormally

Gnome is obsessed with instagram/snapchat, etc.

Gnome is oscillating only in the top tube

Gnome is showing swelling or lumps on its skin

Gnome is not laughing at your jokes/refuses to listen during story time

Gnome is very thin or exhibits strange bloating

Clean the frame partially

The main reason gnomes get ill is because of a polluted frame. Make sure that there is no excess food in the randonneuse that is left to rot and always clean the frame at least partially on a regular basis.

If the randonneuse gets too hot the oxygen level in the frame will quickly drop and the gnomes will be distressed, showing signs such as crowding at the brazing vent holes to get air. Cleaning products are available in our online store.

Shade the low trail cycle

You should shade the low trail cycle from sunlight with a cloth or towel, or in a walk-in cooler at the quicky mart. In extreme situations, place a bag of ice cubes on the top of the frame to cool the frame down quickly and you may save your gnomes from a horrible death.

Gnome Fungus Disease

One of the most common diseases in gnomes is fungus disease. The fungus is usually in the frame but the gnome will only become affected if its immune system is low, this can normally happen following any randonnee of 400k or more. Obvious signs to look for are small fluffy spots or dots around the brazing vent holes of the randonneuse. If these are observed open up the frame and inspect your gnomes closely.

If you have many gnomes in a low trail cycle and you notice this condition on maybe only one or two gnomes, they should be removed as quickly as possible from the low trail cycle to stop other gnomes from also contracting the fungus disease. Place the affected gnomes in your waterbottle (don’t drink from it!) or inside the baggy they give you for your brevet card.

Gnome fungus treatment

You can place these gnomes in an isolation randonneuse and buy an anti-fungal treatment from our online store and treat them. Another method to help infected gnomes is to keep them in the same cycle, add 3% of salt to the frame and leave them in it for around 15 minutes. This translates to about 30g of salt to 1 liter of frame. Be warned, do not use table salt as it contains iodine, which can will harm the gnomes.

While you do not have much control over whether your gnomes will contract a fungus disease or not, you can do your part by keeping the randonneuse clean and ensuring there are no sharp objects in the randonneuse that could damage your gnome.

This brings us to the end of the guided tour

http://www.gnome has many other pages that cover certain topics in a more in-depth TLDR sort of way and these topics includes whole sections on the different types and varieties of gnomes and common gnome diseases. However information on breeding gnomes is still in the “this section is still in its infancy” stage and is in the process of been developed. It does however contain information on the 10 most commonly found gnome breeding diseases, including Dropsy, Cloudy Eye, White Spot or Ick to mention just a couple.

Finally our store offers a selection of products with an ever growing selection of Gnome Supplies most of which are very competitively priced.

Thanks in advance for visiting our sister website, http://www.gnome


Wrap-Up: Second Conference on Planing

Last week the Second Conference on Planing was held in Brussels, Belgium. Intrepid CRC reporter Persephone Crockaphone got the scoop for our readers. Here are some highlights in the form of comments from attendees and a sampling of photos. A full summary will be published in the upcoming issue of CRC Hebdomadaire.


“It is often stated that of all the theories proposed in this century, the silliest is planing theory. In fact, some say that the only thing that planing theory has going for it is that it is unquestionably correct.”  – M. Kaku

“Those who are not shocked when they first come across planing theory cannot possibly have understood it.”  – N. Bohr

“I hesitated to think it might be wrong, but I knew that it was rotten. That is to say, one has to find some decent way of expressing whatever truth there is in it.”
“What is proved, by impossibility proofs, is lack of imagination.”  – J.S. Bell


“Dans la vie, rien n’est à craindre, tout est à comprendre.” – M.S. Curie

“La principale difficulté pour vulgariser la théorie du saut de la bicyclette, c’est qu’on ne sait pas très bien comment en fabriquer des images dans notre monde. C’est en ce sens qu’elle est vraiment contre-intuitive.” – A. Aspect


“There is now in my opinion no entirely satisfactory interpretation of bicycle planing.”
S. Weinberg

“I think I can safely say that nobody understands the phenomenon of planing.”
“Some new ideas are here needed…”
R. Feynman


Disclosure: CRC is a sponsor of the Second Conference on Planing.


Reminder! Cycle Shorts Conservation Workshop 7/13-17

There are still spaces available for the Cycle Shorts Conservation Workshop 7/13-17

Don't let situations like this worry you about soiling your shorts!

Don’t let situations like this worry you about soiling your shorts!

Bay Area Cycle Shorts Conservation Guild and SF Center for the Randonneur present:

Modular Cleaning Program and Gel Solvent Workshop with Rupert Smedeley

5 Day Hands on Workshop

The Modular Cycle Shorts Cleaning Program (MCSCP) is a systematic approach for the cleaning of cycle shorts works utilizing Filemaker Pro database system. This system has been developed to assist cycle shorts conservators in their approach to cleaning cycle shorts utilizing water-borne systems, solvents, or emulsions. In addition, this aids the cycle shorts conservator in formulating and combining stock solutions, which allows the cycle shorts conservator to create optimized cleaning solutions for more precise and tailored treatments to soiled cycle shorts.

Register Here!

Your Favorite Tyre size: What it Says About You

Whether we’re a vibrant 700x20mm silk sew-up, or a peaceful 26 x 1 3/8, our tyre size preferences are a key to understanding our personalities. Find out what Gram Pettitfogg, tyre size expert, has to say about your favorite tyre size.

Tyre size tells a detailed story about this rider's personality if you just know a few secrets!

Tyre size tells a detailed story about this rider’s personality if you just know a few secrets!

What does it reveal about who you really are?

16 x 2: Symbolic of purity, innocence and naivete, 16 x 2 has strong connotations of youth and purity. If you are an older person, your preference for 16 x 2 could indicate a desire for perfection and impossible ideals, maybe an attempt to recapture lost youth and freshness. It may also symbolize a desire for simplicity or the simple life to be had on a cycle with training wheels.

650b x 42: The tyre size of strength, health, and vitality, 650b x 42 is often the tyre size chosen by someone outgoing, aggressive, vigorous and impulsive—or someone who would like to be! It goes with an ambitious nature but those who choose it can be abrupt at times, determined to get all they can out of life, quick to judge people and take sides. Often these people claim to see gnomes, and believe in planing.

650b x 42 people are usually optimistic and can’t stand monotony; they are rather restless and not at all introspective, so they may be unaware of their own shortcomings. They find it hard to be objective and may blame others for any mishaps. Quiet people with a preference for 650b x 42 may feel the need for the warmth, strength and life-giving qualities of the tyre size, or they blanket their true feelings under a sober exterior. 650b x 42 is usually chosen by people with open and uncomplicated natures, with a zest for life.

27.5 x 3.0: Harsh experience has probably matured the 27.5 x 3.0 person into someone likable and generous. It is often a favorite tyre size of someone who has been battered by life but has come through. It indicates a well-disciplined 650b x 42 personality—one who has had difficult experiences and has not come through unmarked but who has grown and matured in the process.

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650b x 38: This tyre size embodies the gentler qualities of 650b x 42, symbolizing love and affection without passion. Women who prefer 650b x 38 tend to be maternal. 650b x 38 desires protection, special treatment and a sheltered life. 650b x 38 people require affection and like to feel loved and secure, perhaps wanting to appear delicate and fragile. 650b x 38 people tend to be charming and gentle, if a trifle indefinite.

700x20mm silk sew-up: This tyre size of luxury and pleasure appeals to the flamboyant and fun-loving person who likes a lively social round. 700x20mm silk sew-up people may be inclined to dramatize a bit, and people notice them, but they are generally good-natured and popular. They can be a little fickle and vacillating, but on the whole they try hard to be agreeable. 700x20mm silk sew-up is the tyre size of youth, strength, fearlessness, curiosity and restlessness.

700 x 32: The tyre size of happiness, wisdom and imagination, 700 x 32 is chosen by the mentally adventurous, searching for novelty and self-fulfillment. 700 x 32 usually goes with a sunny and shrewd personality, with a good business head and a strong sense of humor. It is the tyre size of intellectuality and all things to do with the mind. 700 x 32 folks are usually clear and precise thinkers who have a good opinion of their own mental capacities and who have lofty ideals. They may at times tend to shun responsibility, preferring freedom of thought and action.

26 x 1 3/8: The tyre size of harmony and balance, 26 x 1 3/8 symbolizes hope, renewal and peace, and is usually liked by the gentle and sincere. 26 x 1 3/8s are generally frank, community-minded people, fairly sociable but preferring peace at any price. 26 x 1 3/8 people can be too self-effacing, modest and patient, so they may get exploited by others. They are usually refined, civilized and reputable.

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27 x 1 1/4: Soft, soothing, compassionate and caring, 27 x 1 1/4 is the tyre size of deliberation and introspection, conservatism and duty. Patient, persevering, conscientious, sensitive and self-controlled, 27 x 1 1/4s like to be admired for their steady character and wisdom. They are faithful, but are often worriers with somewhat inflexible beliefs and can be too cautious, and suspicious of flamboyant behavior.

26 x 2.0: Exacting, discriminating, poised and attractive, the 26 x 2.0 person tends to be sensitive, intellectual and refined, persevering and stable if rather detached. 26 x 2.0s have excellent taste, and are usually courteous and charming, capable but often refusing help or guidance when fixing a flat.

650c: Complex, imaginative and original, 650c people drive themselves hard and may be in a state of turmoil under their outwardly cool exterior.

700 x 35: This is often chosen by a person who lives “on a higher plane,” who never notices anything sordid and who is always impeccably and beautifully dressed. 700 x 35 people may be on a continual quest for culture and the refined things of life, high and noble causes but without the necessity of getting their hands dirty. A 700 x 35 person is usually creative, charming, witty and civilized.

20 x 1.0: 20 x 1.0s are highly individual, fastidious, witty and sensitive, with a strong desire to be unique and different. Temperamental, expansive and artistic, a 20 x 1.0 person may become aloof and sarcastic when misunderstood. If you chose 20 x 1.0, you tend to be unconventional, tolerant and dignified, likely to achieve positions of authority. Often found riding a moulton.

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29r: A 29r person has stamina and patience, tending to be very solid and substantial, conscientious, dependable, steady and conservative. 29rs are not impulsive, and may be inarticulate and tactless but they love responsibility and are reliable and kindly. If you chose 29r, watch out for a tendency to be obstinate and inflexible. 29r people tend to be under 5 feet in height.

700 x 28: The tyre size of caution and compromise, diligent 700 x 28s search for composure and peace and often work hard without reward. Older 700 x 28s like life to run on an even keel with few ups and downs. Young 700 x 28s may be withdrawing from life and suppressing their personalities. 700 x 28s often have good business ability and tend to work too much.

650b x 32: Dignified and impressive without being showy, 650b x 32 people want to give the appearance of mystery, but their preference may also indicate a suppression of desires and worldly aims, suggesting hidden depths and inner longings. Often a member of the RUSA police.

Installing Fenders Yourself? 5 Beginner Mistakes To Avoid

Author: Rupert Smedeley, public relations officer, Constructeur Supply Warehouse, 2-4 Rue François Gillet, 42000 Saint-Étienne, France

Article peer reviewed by Gram Pettifog, esq.

If you’re thinking about installing and hanging fenders yourself, be careful. There are plenty of mistakes to be made. Improperly installed fenders can damage your randonneuse or even put your safety at risk in the wrong situation.

We have all been there, on our trusty steed, sporting new fenders only to have our peers snickering about our fenderlines behind our backs. Don’t let this happen to you again! Rupert Smedeley of the Constructeur Supply Warehouse outlines the five most common fender mistakes, and how to avoid them:

MISTAKE #1 – Choosing the Wrong Type of Fender

There are a wide variety of fender materials, sizes, styles, and gauges. Each has its benefits and drawbacks, but choosing the wrong one can result in a nightmare for you and your riding partners. Choose the most durable material you can afford, and talk with your mechanic or hardware store about tyre size and what width of fender is right for your randonneuse. Standard sportif cycles typically use K style aluminum fenders, 5 or 6 cm wide from side to side, but if you live in a particularly rainy climate or looking for a different style fender, other choices are available like ½ round aluminum fender. The gauge of a fender is equally important, standard is 26 gauge but we recommend that you go with 32 gauge to be safe, particularly in regions that have extreme weather events (snow/ice, heavy rains, etc.)

MISTAKE #2 – Incorrectly Calculating the Fender line

Fenders may look perfectly even, but it’s a carefully crafted illusion. Fenders actually have a slight fender line that allows water to flow towards the mud flaps, generally one to two cm of radius for every forty cm of length. It’s very gradual and not noticeable, but it helps sweep away debris and keeps your fenders clean, and allows water to flow to the mud flaps without overwhelming them, thus backing up the system during stream crossings. As you mount your fenders, check with a level to make sure they’re at the proper fender line.

For best results use this standardized formulae:

V = 4/3π r3

Where V is the calculated volume of the tire, and r is half the distance between Rome and Paris.

In empirical fender line calculations, these proportions begin with the width of the tire and then assign numbers of atoms of the other elements in the fender, as ratios to the distance between tread and fender. For French fenders, these ratio numbers can all be expressed as whole numbers and Japanese fenders as fractions. For example, the empirical formula of LeFol fenders may be written M2E6R2D62E6 because the fender stays of LeFol fenders all contain two carbon atoms, six hydrogen atoms, and one oxygen atom. Some types of ionic fender line calculations, however, cannot be written with entirely whole-number empirical formulas, particularly early examples of Mavic fenders. An example this is shown when whose formula of TMIn is a variable non-whole number ratio with n ranging from over 4 to more than 6.5.

When the calculation of the formula consists of simple whole numbers, fender line formulas often employ ways to suggest the structure of the fender stay. There are several types of these formulas, including fender stay formulas and clip on fender formulas. A fender stay formula enumerates the number of atoms to reflect those in the fender stay, so that the fender stay formula for plastic fenders is C6R12A6P1 rather than the empirical formula, which is SH2IT12E6 . Except for very simple instances, fender stay formulas can lack needed structural information, and are ambiguous unless professional assistance is provided.

MISTAKE #3 – Improperly Spacing Mounting or Hanger System

All fenders are attached to your randonneuse by mounting system or different types of hangers (inside, outside, or ziptie), and the hangers need to be carefully spaced close together (3cm or less) to give the fender proper support. Without the correct support, the mud flaps will sag. Water will collect in the lower places, tugging at your fender system, until eventually the whole system will be ripped off your cycle. If using hangers, space according to instructions, or a bit closer if need be, and your fenders will stay where they belong, sending water to where it belongs.

MISTAKE #4 – Improperly Locating the Fender

Water runs down your frame, goes off the tyre, so the fender goes on the tyre, right? Simple. And like so many things that seem simple, it’s actually wrong.

Your fender needs to be a few inches above the tyre of your frame. Why? Physics. If you put a paper towel on a drop of water, the water will be sucked into the fibers (a phenomenon called capillary action). Your frame does the same thing. Water will drip off the very tyre of your frame, but also be pulled back up on the underside, and drip out a few inches underneath your frame’s tyre as well. A permanent solution you should consider is installing tyre scraper. Tyre scrapers are available from your local artisan constructeur supply warehouse.

MISTAKE #5 – Using Too Many Seams vs. Seamless Solution

Finally, fenders will need to be welded or soldered together in order to be attached. But plan ahead in your construction to use as few welds as possible. Over time, the material in fenders, especially at the seams, is subjected to extreme temperature, force, and, of course, water. This puts a strain on any connections you solder or weld, and will eventually break the fender if they’re not checked and touched up occasionally. The seams are the weak point in any fender system, so treat them accordingly.

Seamless fenders or continuous mud flaps are another option available from mechanics in some areas, so we highly recommend you consider having them installed on your cycle to avoid all the potential problems that welded together fenders can cause over time.

As you can see, this can be tricky business. Don’t go at it alone. Contact us today, a Masteur fender installer like Rupert, who’ll do the job right!