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Old 10-22-08, 01:25 PM   #1
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Mongoose rebuild..after vandalism..

One the kids in the neighborhood had this bike stolen and this is how they found it. It was set on fire in several places and pretty beat up.



I know it's a big box store bike, but I had another box store bike at the house so I robbed a few parts and rebuilt it for him. I know he could have bought a new one to replace it for $100 but he liked it so here's how it turned out. He was thrilled and it shifted better than when it was new...It felt good to help out..

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Old 10-22-08, 02:15 PM   #2
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I see steeling a bike to use it, but to set it on fire is just wrong.
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Old 10-22-08, 02:20 PM   #3
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Nice rebuild and a very nice gesture for a neighbor.
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Old 10-22-08, 02:33 PM   #4
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Good stuff man. Looks like it'll last that kid for another many years.
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Old 10-22-08, 02:54 PM   #5
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I see steeling a bike to use it, but to set it on fire is just wrong.
Yes, it was pretty hateful. We actually found the kids that did it and I made them take it back to him and apologize. It was a nice taste of humility for them. I don't think they hated this kid, but just got acting stupid and decided to destroy something. Normally these kids are decent I don't know what got into them. It did feel good in a selfish way to do it..Is that wrong?
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Old 10-22-08, 02:58 PM   #6
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Sounds like you did the right thing for all parties involved. Nice work.
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Amazing job! Before I read the caption for the second picture I figured it was a photo of a new bike from a catalogue or something! Well done!
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very cool thing to do indead and nice work. as for the thief, if they were adult age, i woulda set them on fire. thats a new one for me.
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Thanks all, it does feel good to do the right thing.
In kind of a related story. I picked up a low buck Pacific Rock Stomper mountain bike at Goodwill for $16.00. My wife has been looking for something like that to give to a kid in her classroom, he walks to school and his family is bad off for money. I was talking to a lady in the store and she thought that was so cool and gave me a few bucks to buy him a lock for it.. Yes..it's the little things in life that can bring me back down to earth and realize what is important..
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Good job on all fronts!
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This thread is really great.
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