Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada - burrrrr!
Bikes: 1982 Tomassini, 1963 Peugeot PX10, and eight special issue Canadian lightweights...
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Thunder Bay is into bicycle donation drive time and at the Mercy of the local Bicycles for Humanity chapter. Each year we surround the Thanksgiving weekend with a four day Bicycle Donation Drive and invite citizens of Thunder Bay and surrounding area to drop off their unwanted bikes. Last year saw over four hundred bikes dropped off in a space of 17 hours. The drive also includes pick-up service for people who do not have the means to transport bicycles to our workshop. However...
Not all of the bicycles donated are suitable for sending to Africa and this neat old Mercier is one that will not be sent across the pond. Ten Speeds and old roadsters are not appropriate bicycle for use in the third world conditions of Namibia. With that in mind, the Mercier will be recycled domestically. In fact, the Mercier has already been claimed under the "B4H-TB Volunteers Earn a Bike Program". I asked if I could have the bike and the request was granted.
So take a peek at the first old Mercier that I have found that sports cantilevered brakes. The bike, a five speed, is in good shape, works very well and should prove to be a nice bicycle to restore.
The little old lady, so often referred to in automobile deals, donated two other bikes along with the Mercier and one of the bikes, hers, was fitted with a lovely real leather saddle tool pouch. That was also asked for by me and again the request was granted. Not a bad find. But there is more...
The weekend before I picked up a near identical Mercier, ladies step through model, and some of the components on it are perfect for the man's bike I got yesterday. Funny how this sort of thing works...