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View Poll Results: What to do with the bike?
Leave it on the corporate apartment balcony and buy a pump and hope others use it 4 19.05%
Give it back to the Salvation Army to sell again 8 38.10%
Leave it to be stolen 2 9.52%
Try to find a bike coop to take it. 11 52.38%
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Old 06-13-07, 11:09 AM   #1
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How long to own a bike?

I just bought this sweet little bike. Yeah, it's way too small, it only has one speed, a caliper brake in front and a coaster brake in back but it sweet. Just the thing for scooting around downtown Santa Cruz and going to the Boardwalk and the beach. It cost me $40.00 in the Salvation Army store. It was the only bike that met my rigid specifications...it was ready to ride.

I've even gotten compliments on it. A fellow coming out of the Santa Cruz Diner as I was locking up, really liked how the downtube made a sweeping arch. I followed up the compliment with a serving of the best pancakes in the city.

So what do I do with it at the end of my trip to our company headquarters? I'm not sure if I'll get back here, or when.
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Old 06-13-07, 11:35 AM   #2
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Check with the nearest LBS and find out if the city runs any kind of bike give away program for the less fortunate kids in the area, and if such a program exists....see if the LBS will forward the bike to that program for you. We've got such a program here and several of the local shops will accept bikes, tune them and deliver them downtown for distribution. All the curb bikes that many of us here find in any decent condition go this route after we've cleaned them up and tuned them as needed. It's a great program and worth looking into.

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Old 06-13-07, 11:46 AM   #3
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Some kid would love it!
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Old 06-13-07, 12:43 PM   #4
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+1 on both accounts. I think a lot of bike shops have a "fix bikes for Christmas" or something similar so said bikes can be given to kids. Make some kid happy, even if it is a big kid.
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I vote for leaving it at the apt. with a pump. Maybe others in your industry/business will ride, become hooked, get healthier, and ultimately lead to lower health insurance rates. You know, the butterfly effect.
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You could donate it to:

The Bike Church

or

The Bike Co-op at UC Santa Crude

either place will find it a good home.
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Old 06-13-07, 04:38 PM   #7
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You could donate it to:

The Bike Church

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The Bike Co-op at UC Santa Crude

either place will find it a good home.
I contacted the Bike Church because they are just down the street from me. But I can't get by during their open hours so I asked if I could lock the bike somewhere and leave the keys for them. No response yet.
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I contacted the Bike Church because they are just down the street from me. But I can't get by during their open hours so I asked if I could lock the bike somewhere and leave the keys for them. No response yet.
How did you like Santa Cruz? What corporate headquarters? Seagate used to be in Scotts Valley but I think corporate offices went elsewhere after Al left.
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How did you like Santa Cruz? What corporate headquarters? Seagate used to be in Scotts Valley but I think corporate offices went elsewhere after Al left.
I work for a company called Convenos. They are located in part of the old Borland offices. I like Santa Cruz. If housing weren't so obscenely expensive, it would be nice to move here. It's great to be in such a bicycle friendly city.

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Looks like the answer to my question is 4 days. That's how long I will own the bike before I give it up. I don't think I've ever owned a bike for such a short time. I even had my Centurion Pro Tour for a whole month before it was stolen.

At least this one will go gracefully. I talked with the folks at the Bike Church and they said to just hoist it over the fence and leave it.
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Thanks for your help. It was a great way to get around Santa Cruz. I turned it into the Bike Church on Friday night. I didn't have to hoist it over the fence because it turned out that they were having a party. But I know its now with people who love bikes.
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I tried to do the same thing on a trip to Florida this past January. As I drove into the town where my mother lives, I stopped at the Goodwill store to see if they had any bikes. I was going to pick one up for 4-5 days then give it back to them. Alas, they had none.

If I was going to be somewhere for 7-10 days, I would think about going to Wal-Mart and buying one of their $59 cruisers. Then give it to a charity at the end. That's cheaper than renting in many places.
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