CBBD : Do you suffer from this condition ?

Discussion in 'General Cycling Discussions' started by rustybolts, 10 Apr 2019.

  1. rustybolts

    rustybolts Regular

    Compulsive Bicycle Buying Disorder (CBBD) : It started with just one bike…

    N+1 = Elation

    The rabbit-like breeding capability of bicycle ownership (The initial single bike purchase has the ability to split itself like a single cell cancer growth). It would just take a single bike purchase to start you on the path of eventually having a bike for every discipline, different bikes for different sets of friends, bikes that can accommodate the size of your car trunk, bikes that can suit the weather of the day, etc. And if you are also into color coordination, your possible permutation will be endless. Before you know it, you would be paying contractors to do a renovation to create an annex to your house just to store your collection of bikes (or you find yourself start to consider renting the vacant house next door for the same purpose).

    CBBD can be triggered easily in people without a solid body immune system (“solid” as in your wife holds your wallet and credit cards in her handbag at all times). The CBBD is also classified as a contagious disorder. The poison of seeing a friend’s new bike acquisition can quickly developed into bike envy Stage 1 and from then on your destructive path towards “bike polygamy” and CBBD begins. Studies have shown that “bike monogamy” is not longer the majority preference among men (and some women too) today.

    The sufferers of CBBD are often in perpetual stage of denial. The common self-assurance denial mantra “I can find the space for ONE more bike, if I can sell the last one I bought” can fuel the bike buying habit into an addiction. To date there is no known cure yet for CBBD. If you are a woman with CBBD you can try to reduce the addiction to a milder disorder Type H which is CHBD (Compulsive Handbag Buying Disorder). If you are a man, the only option is to upgrade to CBBBD (Compulsive Big Bike Buying Disorder) which burns an even bigger hole on your wallet leading you to slow down on the habit.

    Below are some symptoms of a CBBD sufferer that you can do a self-diagnose against :

    A. If you own a bike for at least 3 of the following categories: A Folding Bike, A Road Bike, A Mountain Bike, A Touring Bike, A Hybrid Bike, A Downhill Bike and the most severe category A Vintage Bike
    B. Your bike collection takes center stage in your living room (or dining room) like a prized trophy.
    C. You have recently converted the spare guest room (or your library or study room) in your house as your bike store
    D. You have an account for all the online buying stores (Wiggle, Evans Cycle, Chain Reaction, Ebay)
    Last edited: 10 Apr 2019
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  2. DCBassman

    DCBassman Veteran

    For musicians , it's called GAS, or Gear Acquisition Syndrome ...

    It's sometimes incurable...
  3. Sharky

    Sharky Veteran

    I managed to cure myself from CBBD when I reached 5 plus a tandem trike. But I now suffer from acute IBS.

    Insufficient Bike Space which can only be cured by a shedoscopy procedure.
  4. mudsticks

    mudsticks Über Member

    Whatever the reverse of this :rolleyes: is what I have.

    I spent years questioning whether I was entitled to a new bike, despite having ridden thousands of miles on the old one.

    Finally made myself do it (buy a new one) for a significant birthday.

    Hoping to have got one bike to do it all.

    Still feeling guilty that I bought new instead of sourcing secondhand.

    Have plenty of storage space too.

    What's the acronym for this condition please.??
  5. Dogtrousers

    Dogtrousers Kilometre nibbler

    Happily, no. I have the less severe CBBBD Chronic Bicycle Bits Buying Disorder, but whole bikes? No.
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  6. Oldfentiger

    Oldfentiger Über Member

    Pendle, Lancs
    You’re right about the vintage version being the most aggressive.
    Started with one, just to see how I got on with restoring an old steed.
    Number 12 now in progress.
    Thought I’d sell a couple to free some space, went through them one by one, and found a reason to keep every single one, dammit.
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  7. Cycleops

    Cycleops Guru

    Accra, Ghana
    I also suffer from MHTVB (must have that vintage bike) syndrome but is always countered by SWINBOs YNHAB (You're not having another bike) response.
  8. raleighnut

    raleighnut Guru

    On 3 Wheels
    +1 here. :becool:
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  9. DCLane

    DCLane Found in the Yorkshire hills ...

    Dealt with - I got a garage-sized shed.

    Then my 14yo decided to get different bikes.

    Now he's got more than I have :wacko:
  10. Jody

    Jody Platinum member

    My partner has vaccinated me against this.
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  11. Mo1959

    Mo1959 Guru

    Yep.....it’s that bad I lost count. I thought I had 7 but turns out I have 8! Lol.
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  12. Andrew1971

    Andrew1971 Senior Member

    Me and other half 10 bike's and 1 trike.
    Yep we have it now.
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  13. Andrew1971

    Andrew1971 Senior Member

    Me and other half 10 bike's and 1 trike.
    Yep we have it now.
  14. tom73

    tom73 Über Member

    Currently looking at storage i'm working on the same rule of thumb as for sheds and greenhouses.... Buy the next one up from what you think you need. So enough for 4 in our case but it turns out they don't do one the next size up is for 6 :unsure: ... but then the one for 7 is not much more cost wise.
    After all what can go wrong ..... :whistle:
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  15. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    South Manchester
    Stark raving lunatic. SRL
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