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Old 08-14-09, 07:51 AM   #1
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Oh the possibilites...Oh the horror....depends on your outlook on life.

Business across the street from my neighborhood....

NOT a memorial for bikers who have died, just a way the guy is tryingot get attention for his business....which is wood crafts....go figure cause I can't.

Anyway, thought you all would enjoy looking at what could possibly be treasures? Although some of you die-hard sprocketheads will cry at these photos....sorry.








This is gonna hurt......



This shot is the head tube of the picture above....



Another shot of the Schwinn...



Then there is this bike.....



Headtube and front fender...which I think is kind of cool looking....oh the possabilities of this one....



Other bikes...most of which had no badging at all...
The guy has a stash of these bikes in the back just sitting there....waiting for something...I don't know...
He will repaint them every so often....they were a really bright lime green last summer...



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The Schwinn 3-speed, the ladies' Varsity (last pic) and the Raleigh are no great loss, but they are a trove of parts ignored. The white paint might be strippable.

See if he'd part with the pedals on the ladies' Sports. They are the best bits on it.

The rest appear to be department-store junk (though the MTB in one shot there looks decent). Makes me wonder where he gets them (and whether any of them are stolen).

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P.S.: I would raise a fit about the fact that they are painted white. It looks more like a memorial for a terrible cycling accident rather then an improvised fence. They ought to be painted light pink if the fellow is a florist.
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I'd offer to buy it (the Schwinn) or give him a few bucks and a Huffy to replace it with, then go at it for a few hours with some Acetone and you've got yourself a cool little Schwinn. or you can paint a Huffy white, wait till dark, cut those zip ties and free the Schwinn, then replace it with the white Huffy! The world will never know!
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Old 08-14-09, 08:29 AM   #6
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I passed exactly the same thing as someone's fence for their house somewhere in western Indiana.

Like you, I was like "WTF!"

Upon closer inspection, I saw that the bikes were mostly not things I would care too much about. That is, if I had seen all these bikes for free somewhere, I would have left most of them alone (now the bike coop is a different story).

On the bright side, by painting and repainting them, your neighbor is keeping them preserved, at least. Let him know that if he ever wants to get rid of any of them, you'll trade him for an equally low-value bike.

If there were some you wanted (e.g., I would take a look at close look at the Raleigh), you could pre-paint a comparably sized junker and offer to swap it out.
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Yeah, that Raleigh is pretty cool.
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The final town on RAGBRAI last year had bikes painted up all along the route. There were simply far to many to think that there couldn't be at least a few gems. There were tons of mixtes and since I've been lusting for the right mixte for a long time now, I was sighing heavily.
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I think it's cool - he took a bunch of junk bikes and gave them a purpose again, rather than just landfilling


looks unique, gets people talking, and makes a few fetishists cry, like you guys don't have a few bikes of your own, you need more low end junk that nobody was riding in the first place


jesus, live and let live, ya know
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The white paint makes them look ghostly.
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"ghost bikes"

What's the word I'm looking for? Baleful? Wistful?

I guess "sad" will do.

But maybe it is better than having them in a landfill.........
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The white paint makes them look ghostly.
Looks more as if its supposed to be a gigantic roadside memorial to a terrible accident. That, in particular, bugs me - it comes off as a slap in the face, in that respect.

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The "ghost bike" is not well known unless you are a cyclist or there is one near where you live. That being said, when I first looked at the pics, I was "oh, oh " and then I thought that it was kind of pretty, soulful if you will. As far as being painted, I could care less. I don't believe that all bikes were created equal and most of those don't even deserve to be a fence.

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A few years ago, in Pendre (the main street) in Cardigan, West Wales, there was a bike shop which had been closed and empty for years. His trade sign was an old lightweight bike, suspended over the door of the shop. You certainly could tell there was a bike shop there from some distance away, so it must have worked. I used to worry about it falling on somebody.
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