Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: Home of the Homeless
Bikes: Rustbuckets, the lot of them.
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I saw lots of these 'completely functional' bikes there. Single speed cruisers are most common, and most practical, it seems. Some occasional "nice" bikes. Also, lots of $60 walmart mountain bikes, purchased for the event and abandoned (kinda not cool). I saw a few interesting old roadsters, a nice old Rudge, a couple with rod brakes, one with a spoon brake. I saw three Raleigh Twentys (other than my own). A couple Worksman bikes. Three speeds and coaster brakes really are preferable in that environment. And given the perfectly flat terrain, there's really no need for multiple gears or high speed.
I ended up with no less than six extra bikes total (three donated to us, three simply abandoned at our campsite). Three new $100 walmart MTBs, a cheap old MTB, a Huffy cruiser, and a interesting no name cruiser (the only one I kept). The rest were redistributed to folks without bikes (a real necessity at the event). I'm sure there are dozens, if not hundreds, of abandoned bikes after the event. A few folks sweep them up for redistribution next year.
Yeah, washing a bike before the event is a futile activity.