Gears, as you know, are a precious commodity in the game, that said I would like to pass on to you some of the feedback I am getting from players who always have an endless supply. Here is what they said!
Be diligent when clearing your maps. Clearing your cartels only 2x per day will produce essential gears you will need for battles with extras laying around here and there. Once all of your cartels are cleaned off your map leave the game for at least 6 hours and allow time for your map to refill properly. Note: if you leave your game with cartels on your map when you log in again your map will not be refilled.
Too many pipes? Use these to your advantage. These Pipes that seem like worthless pieces of plastic to most of you have the power to change to a more valuable composite. Composite work the same way. If you have an abundance use them on your regular gameplay and they turn into the holy grail of all gears our polymer!
Base defensive gear. We all hate being wiped out, however, if there is nothing worth stealing why should we care, right? Stripes are cool to have in the game for bragging rights but in reality do nothing for you game wise. I only use defensive gear when I am protecting resources, maybe I am missing a bit more oil which is normally the case. However, I have been looking at my attacks and never lose that much oil unprotected that I cannot regain doing a few cartels when I am back online again. It's a preference as is everything in this game, again it's the choices we make to bank what we will need in the future
Pablo... oh dear Pablo! I cannot say enough about this man! I once believed he was an evil bandit but now view him as the total package! Not only does he bring us great component cards but also the chance to trade our resources for more patches to trade for gear. I find resources to be so easily gained it's well worth a trade.
Look at your labs as your bank! Consider the fact that our pipes and even composites gain a great deal of interest when used properly during your daily play. I certainly do not have all the answers for you to utilize your gears in the best possible way and would appreciate your feedback on how you save gear! If we all work together on this never-ending battle against the machine we will all be able to grow and compete with one another!! That's what its all about, right?