I'd gotten a used MTB for my load-carrying bike about a week ago, but I kind of bought it in a hurry and later realized it's too big for me, and was considering putting it on Craigslist or something. Today I was at a local hardware store where a another car-free person I know works. Suddenly the little thought wheels turn, and I realize that the bike is too big for me but should be just right for her. And while as a member of the working poor she'd not be able to afford to pay me much for it, it would be such a big favor (she rides bikes pulled from the dumpster etc and no not the nice Bianchis etc you guys seem to be scoring) that the feel-good factor would more than make up for the financial "hit".
So, I talked it over with her, she wanted the bike, we got together and rode to my place when she got off work, she tried it out, liked it, and we got down to brass tacks. Few seconds to determine the price, less than a quarter than I'd paid for it a week ago, but who's counting? And a fun hour or so taking the few good bits off of her old junker and transferring them to her "new" bike. It was Bike Monster Garage time! All the good bits fit, and I made a "FREE" sign and taped it to the junker, and she "did the honors", by wheeling it out to the street and leaning it against a pole and walking away. I feel sorry for the bum who picks it up!
Then it was off to get some cheap Indian food, our route taking us up a hill that had been a bugaboo for my friend, a stop-and-walk'er. With the "new" mtb, she was able to rid on up. The more she rode the thing, the more she raved about how it "glides" along, and how great it is.
It's fun being the Bicycle Fairy!
So, here's how to have some fun if you know someone who rides a lot and hasn't got the bux to get a decent bike. Don't bother with the occasional rider, they'll just sell the bike you give 'em or put it away next to the one they already have and don't ride. You have to find someone who will USE it and appreciate it.