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    Should this be saved or throwed away?

    I have this wally world roadmaster, the thing was never reliable to begin with, with time the wheels became egg shaped (could've been the 220lbs on top of it!?).
    I did learn stay away from dept store/superstore bicycles. I was wondering if there is saving this frame or should I just throw the whole thing in the scrap pile?

    Hate to throw it away and if it could be re-purposed, I would have no issue in buying part by part in time and learning all there is to learn about putting a bike together, opinions please.
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    There are far better bikes out there to build up and learn how they work. If you're going to get rid of that, donate it to a local co-op so they can fix it up for some kid to ride.

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    Drivetrain is toast, probably so are the bottom bracket, headset, brake pivots, wheel bearings, fork stanchions (check under the gaiters) and cables/outers. If the wheels no longer function as wheels, that just leaves the frame, stem and handlebars. They're worth whatever you can get on Ebay, which may be less than the auction fee.

    Keep the lock.

    If you start with a new bike, learn 1) to lube it, and 2) store it indoors where possible. 3) Tear it down and rebuild it. That may be more worthwhile in your evolution as a cycle mechanic. And cheaper :-)
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    Welcome, SC. 'Throwed' is one of my favourite words of all time.
    I'd say leave it somewhere with a 'free' sign on it. Somebody will have all the time and patience in the world to fiddle with that thing. Or some extra space in his metal truck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Metzinger View Post
    Welcome, SC. 'Throwed' is one of my favourite words of all time.
    As is 're-purposed'
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    Second the recommendation to donate it to a co-op or other bike recycling public service group. Spend your time and money working on something worth the time and money.

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    Save some of the nuts and bolts - the rest recycle
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    +1 for donating to co-op or other organization. someone would be very happy to have this

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    Thank you all for the replies and suggestions, and English is not my native tongue reason why I had an little problem with the tittle and other words.

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    It's not a bike that you'll ever use, but it could make someone else very happy.

    There are a number of organizations and individuals that rebuild bikes for charity, some simply to donate, others as part of youth training programs. Ask at the local bike shop, school, church, boy scouts, dept. of sanitation (yes them, they hate scrap bikes and often will go to extra lengths to keep them out of the waste stream), etc. and they'll hook you up with an organization where your piece of junk will be a treasure. Unfortunately there's no national umbrella, so I can't give you any specific names, but here's one organization in NYC.

    Once you see how valuable your scrap can be I hope you'll go to the effort to find a good outlet for it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SocialCow View Post
    ....English is not my native tongue reason why I had an little problem with the tittle and other words.
    Not a problem. English is always open to inventive new words which is why the OED (Oxford English Dictionary) is so huge.

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    Donate it. I do it with bikes similar to that all of the time. Not worth putting a wrench to it, or spending money on parts.

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