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Old 05-27-08, 06:39 PM   #1
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special needs bikes

i was at school today and there was something about donating to help buy kids who can't get around quite as well, these hand pedal chair type bikes. this was a week or so ago so i don't quite remember the price, but i think it was about 4000? ( don't quote me on that) but i got to thinking, and i'm almost positive most people on this forum could make one just as good, if not better, for under 200 easy, my tall bike costed a grand total of $0.00. i'm in highschool with 0 welding experience, so i wouldn't be able to, but could this be done?
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Old 05-27-08, 07:08 PM   #2
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i hate to do this to a post like this since it has such good intentions but for the love of god "costed" is not a word, its just cost.
And most organizations like this have specific guidelines they have to follow in order to avoid any legal liability so as far as it being a good thought and idea they probably wouldnt be able to accept donations of that nature, youre better off just throwing some scrilla at them.
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Old 05-28-08, 06:38 AM   #3
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Jason: Nothing wrong with doing some investigation, that is find out what organization is doing this and talk directly to them to see if you can help. ?Do they have restrictions? ?Why do they need to spend the big money, or is your way an alternative? Could you help them hook up with bike builders who are willing to so something "cheaper"? just some ideas.
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Seems like I remember seeing one or two of these type for sale in the past, and they were customized, not just a stock hand-cycle or something. Low production + custom work = expensive.
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i was at school today and there was something about donating to help buy kids who can't get around quite as well, these hand pedal chair type bikes. this was a week or so ago so i don't quite remember the price, but i think it was about 4000? ( don't quote me on that) but i got to thinking, and i'm almost positive most people on this forum could make one just as good, if not better, for under 200 easy, my tall bike costed a grand total of $0.00. i'm in highschool with 0 welding experience, so i wouldn't be able to, but could this be done?

Have you considered taking a welding class? It would be the kind of skill that would help you enjoy bicycles a lot(especially Alt Bikes) and is a wonderful "back pocket" skill to have in bad times. Making your way through college as a welder would certainly be better than working at Starbucks.
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Making your way through college as a welder would certainly be better than working at Starbucks.
Thing to do is figure out a way to use Starbucks coffee to glue up a frame: that would bypass welding, that might bring some sort of nobel peace-prize Seriously; I know of building wheelchairs from those plastic patio chairs. Figuring a hand-power wheel with gearing might be possible.

Also, the bamboo frames being tried may be another way to donate.

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i was planning on taking a welding class next year, but iIm taking too many credits to fit it in, do colleges offer just weekend/ night time class things just for like a month or whatever?
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J4$0NL: Oh yeah! You can take welding at the local community college. Probably the BEST way to get into welding. Most CC classes are in the evening so it wouldn't even interfere with your high school education. My Dad was working on his Doctorate in Law at John Marshall, and taking "Welding 101" at the local community college at the same time. I have no doubt he enjoyed the welding classes more.
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