Supple Tire Care, tip 47c: How to treat sunburn on your supple tires

Yes, folks while the steady rains and dark days have taken over the Pacific Northwest where supple tires are mined, marketed and live captured, the rest of the nation basks in endless sunny days since global warming has accelerated to our bike riding benefit.

While enjoying these endless sunny days on pristine single track and fire roads often featured on Instagram, it is easy to forget just how delicate our supple tire sidewalls can be. Those same supple high thread count sidewalls that create the only joy we experience in riding bikes are as delicate as the skin on a new born babe, and just as precious.

If your supple tire gets a sunburn and your tire is less than 12 months old, call the supple tire sommelier, even if the sunburn appears mild. Sunburn in a supple tire under age 1 can be more serious than it appears. The supple tire sommelier will ask about your supple tire’s symptoms and possibly ask you to bring your supple tire in for an examination, to make sure your supple tire doesn’t need emergency treatment.

If your supple tire is age 1 or older and the sidewall is just a little pink and tender, you probably don’t need to call the supple tire sommelier. (See more details under “When to call the supple tire sommelier,” below.) Just try to keep your precious tire as comfortable as possible until the burn heals, and follow these tips.

oh! you poor baby. lemme get the aloe vera gel and fix you up

oh! you poor baby. lemme get the aloe vera gel and fix you up

Do’s and don’ts for treating and soothing sunburn on your supple tires


Offer plenty of fluids: breast milk or formula if your supple tire is a brand new, water and other liquids if your tire is two weeks old or older. This helps the supple high thread count side wall heal and replaces fluids lost by being out in the sun.

Soak a clean, soft washcloth in cool water, wring it out, and gently place it on the sunburned area for ten to 15 minutes a few times a day, making sure your supple tire doesn’t get chilled.

Try a cool bath. To make it more soothing, add baking soda or an oatmeal-based bath treatment (found in drugstores). Pat your supple tire’s supple high thread count side wall dry – don’t rub! Rubbing too hard can remove the tire label.

Apply a water-based (alcohol-free) moisturizing lotion or an aloe vera gel to relieve your poor tire’s itching. Itching can get worse if the burn starts to peel, and your tire won’t feel perky.

If your supple tire’s hurting, you can probably give it the correct dose of supple tire’s acetaminophen or ibuprofen through the air hole to ease the pain. If you have a supple tire younger than 12 months, ask the supple tire sommelier when you call whether it’s okay to offer a pain reliever. (Ibuprofen is recommended for supple tires 6 months and up.)  Never give your supple tire aspirin. It can put him at risk for a sometimes fatal condition called Reye’s syndrome and burn out your tire’s brains which will make story time less fun.

Dress your supple tire in loose clothing that won’t irritate burned supple high thread count side wall. I love to play dress up with my supple tires, don’t you?

Keep your supple tire out of the sun until the burn has completely healed. It’s very easy for a supple tire who’s already sunburned to get a second burn.


Don’t put petroleum-based products like petroleum jelly on your supple tire’s supple high thread count side walls. These prevent heat and sweat from escaping and can make a burn worse. The same goes for butter and oils. Needless to say, these products also limit the incredible cornering grip we use and enjoy on every ride we take on our precious supple tires.

Don’t use first-aid sprays or ointments that contain benzocaine. Benzocaine can irritate supple high thread count side wall or cause an allergic reactions which can cause scarring and blemishing of the sidewalls and accelerate tread wear.

Don’t pop any blisters! (I know, I have trouble leaving them alone myself. I love that ‘pop’ sound they make.) Blisters form to protect your supple tire’s underlying supple high thread count side wall, and breaking them open can lead to dissatisfaction with roll-down characteristics. If they do break, apply a castor oil ointment and a nonstick tire boot. Don’t trim off the loose sidewall, you will need it for later. Use castor oil ointment sparingly or you will ruin the incredible cornering grip that comes with each supple tire.

When to call the supple tire sommelier

Call the supple tire sommelier right away if your supple tire has a sunburn that turns the tread pink.

If a supple tire age 1 or older has a mild sunburn and his supple high thread count side wall is just a little pink and tender, you don’t need to call the supple tire sommelier.

Note: You may not notice a sunburn right after you bring your supple tire indoors. The redness and pain of a mild first-degree burn can take several hours to appear.

Call the supple tire sommelier if your supple tire:

starts to blister in the first 24 hours

has swelling on the sidewall or tread

has signs of infection (pus or red streaks)

is running a fever or has chills and cannot hold air

has a headache

seems to be in extreme pain or just doesn’t feel well (doesn’t want to go for a ride)

vomits, feels lightheaded, loses air suddenly, or faints

Why is a sunburn so serious?

A sunburn is literally burned supple high thread count side wall. Your supple tire’s supple high thread count side wall is very thin and very sensitive, so it can burn quickly.

A sunburn might be a first-degree burn, which causes redness, mild swelling, and pain. A second-degree burn is more serious. It’s more painful, with more swelling, redness, and blisters.

A first-degree burn usually heals in two to five days. A second-degree burn can last for a couple of weeks.

If your supple tire has spent too much time in the sun, it may also be at risk for heat stroke. This can be heart breaking.

What if my supple tire’s supple high thread count side wall starts peeling?

Don’t be alarmed if the sunburned supple high thread count side wall starts to peel. Peeling is a natural part of the healing process. It usually begins a few days after the sunburn happens.

Is supple high thread count side wall damage from the sun worth worrying about?

Yes. A sunburn means that the supple high thread count side wall has been damaged by ultraviolet (UV) radiation, and exposure to UV radiation from the sun is the number one cause of all types of supple high thread count side wall cancers. Some studies suggest that severe sunburns during supple tire breaking in phases cause melanoma – the deadliest form of supple high thread count side wall cancer – later in life. So be careful out there folks.

Because a new supple tire’s supple high thread count side wall is more sensitive than a year old supple high thread count side wall, young (or new) supple tires are more prone to sunburn and supple high thread count side wall damage. Tires that are Fair-haired with pale-supple high thread count side walls, or freckles, and green- or blue-colored tire labels are most at risk for supple high thread count side wall damage and cancer from sun exposure, but ultraviolet radiation is dangerous for everyone, not just your tires.

How can I keep my supple tire from getting a sunburn?

It’s not hard, but you have to be diligent. A supple tire can get burned after only ten to 15 minutes of exposure, even on a cloudy or cool day.

Dress your supple tire for outdoor activities in long sleeves, pants, and a hat, and apply sunscreen. Keep the tire in the shade as much as possible, although shade provides only partial protection against sunburn.

The sun is most dangerous between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., but the supple high thread count side wall is exposed to UV rays during all daylight hours, year round, even when it’s cloudy.

Put sunscreen on any exposed areas of supple high thread count side wall. Choose a sunscreen with an SPF (sun protection factor) of at least 15 and apply it liberally about 15 to 30 minutes before you head outdoors, to give it a chance to be absorbed. Reapply sunscreen every two hours, or more often if your supple tire is sweating a lot or has been in the water.

Remember, owning supple tires also comes with a lot of responsibility and in some states supple tire abuse is a felony. Be careful out there folks, especially when cyclotouring in the boonies.

The Interview with Tarik Saleh

I dreamed I had an interview with Tarik Saleh.



“Come in,” Tarik Saleh said. “So, you would like to interview Me?”

“If you have the time,” I said.

Tarik Saleh smiled and said:  “My time is eternity and is enough to do everything; What questions do you have in mind to ask me?”

“What surprises you most about people who ride bikes?”

Tarik Saleh answered:

“First and foremost I am continually surprised how hard it is for people to not be an ass. It really should not be that hard to be civil.

That they get bored of being utility cyclists, are in a rush to be a competitive commuter or randonneur, get themselves a ‘light and fast bike with discs’, and then long to be a simple carefree utility cyclists again…

That they rarely give themselves a chance to own and ride a sweet Schwinn heavy duty cruiser…

Tarik Saleh’s hands took mine and we were silent for a while and then I asked… “As president of the Tarik Saleh Bike Club, what are some of life’s lessons you want your club members to learn?”

Tarik Saleh replied with a smile:

“To learn that they cannot make anyone love them if they behave like an ass. What they can do is to let themselves be loved by not behaving like an ass…

To learn that what is most valuable is not what bicycles they have, but having a bicycle they like to ride…

To not hoard their TSBC pins and to pass them out – share the love!

To wash their TSBC cap once in a while so it does not smell bad.

To learn that a rich person is not the one who has the most bikes, but is one who needs the least bikes…

To learn that it only takes a few seconds to open profound wounds in supple tires, and that it takes many years of practice to properly boot them…

To learn to not be an asshole by practicing not being an asshole (I know this sounds obvious but)…

To learn that there are club members that really are not trying to be an ass, but simply do not know how to positively express or show their feelings…

To learn that money can buy everything but an Competitive Randonneuring and Commuting Patch (I know I have looked extensively on ebay, but you can get a TSBC patch here)…

To learn that two people can look at the same fork rake and see it in a totally different way…

To learn that it is not always enough that they be forgiven by others for being an ass, but that they have to forgive themselves for being an ass.”

I sat there for a while enjoying the moment. I thanked Tarik for his time and for all that He has done for me and my family, and He replied, “Anytime. I’m here 24 hours a day. All you have to do is email or text for me, and I’ll answer as soon as I can.”

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How Do I Become A Randonnee volunteer?

Randonnee volunteering is a very rewarding and valuable way to serve your randonneuring club. It takes dedication and many hours of training to become a volunteer. If you’re willing to put in the time and effort, there is a RBA ready for you to serve. Below you’ll find resources and frequently asked questions about becoming a volunteer, as well as the first basic steps you might take toward volunteering.

A group of feral randonneurs being attracted by a volunteer holding a potato chip

A group of feral randonneurs being attracted by a volunteer holding a potato chip

The basic steps to becoming a randonnee volunteer:

  1. Make sure you’re ready to commit. Making the decision to become a randonnee volunteer should not be taken lightly. It requires hundreds of hours of training and a strong commitment to service. Research volunteering by reading articles and expert columns at‘s Volunteer page.
  2. Contact your local RUSA club. Not all RBAs have volunteers, and depending upon your area, its population and local government, volunteer opportunities may not be available. If your local RBA doesn’t have volunteers, one nearby may. has a directory of contact information and RBA statistics.
  3. Call your local randonneuring club’s non-emergency number and ask to speak with the RBA. Tell him or her that you’re interested in becoming a volunteer and ask what your next step should be. He or she should be able to direct you to the best resources and people to help you. Often, RBAs will allow you to tag along next to them while administering a randonnee to let you make a more informed decision about whether volunteering is right for you.
  4. Once you’ve identified a RBA suitable for you, you will need to complete their application and background check process. Screening process and required qualifications vary by RBA.
  5. After you commit to being a volunteer, the RBA will usually enter you in a training program. The length of these programs varies, but all volunteers are required to take a minimum 110-hour RUSA volunteer certified course.
randonneurs always appreciate the smiling face of a volunteer in the wee hours

randonneurs always appreciate the smiling face of a volunteer in the wee hours – this could be you!

Frequently Asked Questions

What qualifications do I need to become a randonnee volunteer?

This varies greatly from RBA to RBA. All RBAs have a minimum age requirement, though some allow younger members to enroll as ‘explorers’ or junior randonnee volunteers. Most RBAs also have a physical testing requirement. Testing procedures vary. A typical test is carrying a case of chocolate milk while simultaneously conducting a reflective gear test and informing the rider how much climbing is in the ride.

What is the first step to volunteering?

Contact your local fire RBA and express your interest in joining. Search the internet for your local RBA’s name — they may have a website with useful information.

Do randonnee volunteers get paid?

Randonnee volunteers do not get paid, but they can get reimbursed. Reimbursement is usually a small amount of tax-free money for time spent on snacks, and responding to questions about rules and training. The amount of reimbursement is usually at the discretion of the RBA and will require a receipt.

Should I start physical training before applying to volunteer?

Yes, a training program will likely help you achieve the physical standards required by your RBA. Contact your local RBA for a recommended list of exercises.

Can a volunteer position lead to a career as an RBA?

Yes. Volunteering is one of the best ways to get the necessary training and experience to be an attractive candidate for a career RBA position.

Can I become a volunteer EMT at my local RUSA club?

Maybe — some RBAs have volunteer EMS programs to supplement their public services. Contact your local RBA to find out more.

How many hours do randonnee volunteers work?

Many RBAs require a minimum number of volunteer hours per month. Ask whether your local RBA has minimum participation requirements.

Contact your local RBA and start your new adventure in volunteering today!

So, you don’t care about those new knobby supple tires? Here are 10 reasons why you should

Those knobby supple tires are a newly designed 120tpi bicycle tire with a six-element, optically stabilized logo. As well as looking cool when sitting still it can lower your personal best up to 30 nano-seconds, and additionally those supple tires in the knobby ne-plus-soupple version offers a twin-tread bicycle tire providing 38mm and 44mm diameter experiences.

These knobby supple tires pictured are a newly designed 120tpi bicycle tire with a six-element, optically stabilized logo. As well as looking cool when sitting still it can lower your personal best by up to 4 seconds, and additionally those supple tires in the knobby ne-plus-soupple version offers a bicycle tire providing 38mm and 44mm diameter experiences.

Another week, another supple tire, the usual chorus of Internet commenters going to great lengths to tell the world how little they care. But we’d be foolish to ignore the world’s most popular type of bicycle tire – and so would you.

Here’s why.

1: 120tpi is good enough

Ok, most tires and high-end tubeless offerings have 600tpi but if we’re being honest, 120tpi is good enough for Facebook timeline pictures, 60tpi is good enough for an instagram, 17tpi is good enough for twitter or snapchat and truly, anything more than that is a bonus most of the time in the average cyclist’s experience. In short, the chances are that 120tpi is good enough for you and your social media needs.

2: It has tread

It was only a matter of time before the supple tire industry added a knobby option to its supple tire series, and the day has come. As such, those knobby supple tires are arguably more enthusiast-friendly than the majority of low-end treaded bicycle tires, and almost all tubeless bicycle tires.

Adding Tread to the supple tire gives riders a lot more creative freedom, and should allow them to mitigate – if not entirely overcome – some of the limitations of riding with a control-limited cycle in mud or gravel. Also, re-treading options are coming to older supple tires soon too, with the upcoming release of home tire re-treading kits.

3: Those knobby supple tires I bought last week off the interwebs for cheap has proper zoom. Kind of.

Those supple tires you just bought might work just fine, but will they impress anyone? Nope.

5: Those supple tires with the knobby tread option can do gravel. Kind of.

We’ve seen attempts to use non knobby ne-plus-soupple tires on gravel before, but they don’t tend to end well. Even when the non knobby ne-plus-soupple tires works just fine, it doesn’t hold up well to critical examination on Instagram or the 650b google group.

We won't be able to properly test those supple tires with the ne-plus-soupple's gravel riding option for a while, but early samples look very encouraging indeed.

We won’t be able to properly test those knobby supple tires with the ne-plus-soupple’s gravel riding option for a while, but early samples look very encouraging indeed.

6: It’s casing is stabilized

This is old news in the mainstream bicycle tire market, but casing stabilization still isn’t included in some fixed diameter bicycle tires. Casing stabilization will make those supple tires and tires with the knobby ne-plus-soupple option more useful in poor light, extending the potential of the tires to be used in social and environmental photography on social media.

7: They’re quick, and powerful, like your brain

Modern bicycle riding consumers incorporate an incredible amount of processing power, and compared to most bicycle tires they’re capable of churning through much more data. Those new knobby soupple tires with tread will make you look smart!

8: It saves you 4 seconds of your life, on every ride

Maybe you think you don’t care, but trust us – even if you’re not a pro randonneur or commuter, the ability to save four seconds of your life can be pretty handy.

9: It’s water-resistant

You can take those supple tires out in the rain, or drop them in the bath without worrying. How many riders can say the same thing about their 'proper' bicycle tires?

You can take those knobby supple tires out in the rain, or drop them in the bath without worrying. How many riders can say the same thing about their ‘proper’ bicycle tires?

Supposedly, the old supple tire we all were riding was almost water-sealed, but not quite. With the removal of the wire bead, those knobby supple tires and have been made fully water resistant, and are capable – apparently – of being submersed for up to 30 minutes without damage.

10: Good knobby supple bicycle tires lead to better ‘proper’ bicycle tires.

Even if you’re one of those people who has an almost religiously-held indifference to supple tires (and I know you exist because I get emails from you), consider this:

The greater the public’s expectations of the bicycle tires in their instagrams and blogs, the more they expect of ‘proper’ bicycle tires, if and when they buy one. There is certainly an argument to be made that the only reason we have things like beautiful low trail cycles, French cycling luggage, and just plain old joy in bicycle tires now is the supple tire.

That ten years ago, The supple tire industry kicked off an all-road/adventure/randonneuring revolution with the original supple tire which lead to the inclusion of these features in bicycle tires becoming an expectation on the part of your average joe on the street considering a bike for commuting or riding around the world.

Habitual low trail and gravel adventure riders won’t put up with laggy low-resolution tires on their commuters, or the omission of features like optically stabilized logos that they’re used to from their knobby supple tires. This drives bicycle tire manufacturers to add more features to their products, and we all benefit. Right?

10.5: It’s a supple bicycle tire.

This is an obvious point, but bear with me. Remember what I just wrote about this being the ‘world’s most popular bicycle tire?’ The supple tire industry has been phenomenally successful when it comes to putting its tires on people’s bikes. More people are riding supple tires now than ever before, and the supple tire, in its various versions, is the most popular bicycle riding device (or strictly speaking, series of devices) in the world.

What that means is that like it or not, when The supple tire industry does something, even if it didn’t do it first, (and several of the features I’ve listed here are not unique to those supple tires) it tends to have a certain significance. It’s safe to assume for instance that there are a lot of people talking about the words ‘Supple’ and ‘Planing’ today who had never heard the terms before the supple tire industry’s launch event this week.

Why when I was approaching the water cooler at the office the other day, I am almost certain I heard a co-worker use the term ‘knob’ and ‘supple’ before they quickly walked away.

Maybe I’m just a misty-eyed optimist, but I think that’s kind of cool.

Cheers, Rupert Smedeley Esq.

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.