What a week I'm having!
As most of you know, I bought a 1980's Univega for a beater bike, and had it converted to a singlespeed by my LBS (not being mechanical myself).
Since buying the bike, here's what's happened to me:
Someone on this very forum, who may wish to remain anonymous so I'll respect that, mailed me a roll of bar tape, free.
I bought a rack for the back of the bike, but tried to return it because (not being mechanical myself) I couldn't figure out how to mount the thing (quit laughing). The LBS wrench said "Keep the rack; I'll mount if for you FREE." (He did, and refused any payment, but he was willing to accept a six pack of Samual Adams!)
I found an ad on Craigslist for a set of FREE tires (the guy was upgrading). Turns out they wouldn't have fit the Univega anyway (I have 27" wheels), so he says, "What else do you need?" After all was said and done, he GAVE me a slim 15/16 wrench to use to change pedals, a brand new (or little used) seat post, and a wireless SUPERGO bike computer. He even put in a new battery. A bit of google research tells me the computer ain't all that high quality, but -- it was FREE. (If I can only figure out how to mount it -- not being mechanical myself.)
And then, you may remember I asked about racks to store my growing bike collection in my apartment. Today I found an ad on Craiglist for a Performance rack that leans against the wall (nothing permanent), which the guy sold me for $40. See the pic below for both the rack and the rack, in a corner of my dining room. As you can see, there's also room for my floor pump. My daughter's bike will just have to go somewhere else, and the fourth bike is being literally disassembled and put into a box in the outside storage.
Sorry for being long-winded. I'm just so excited to be part of this cycling community, with so many people who give so freely their parts, their expertise, and enthusiasm.