Last week we went by to pick up some things from Mariners Resource Center that could possibly be sold at another non profit. One of the guys that works there, Booker, has completed the Teen Challenge Program. He had a bike, but he gave it to a kid who was less fortunate (Booker is living in a Teen Challenge House and has nothing). That left him with no transportation except walking and paying for bus. Someone gave him a mid - 90's Specialized Rockhopper. The tires were literally thread bare, brakes shot, grip shifters shot (that was another thread) and the seat was tattered and torn.
Performance was having a great sale and we picked up new V brakes (it originally had canti's but they weren't on sale), brake levers, tires, tubes, rack. I found some inexpensive new grip shifters (friction shifters with numbers) a bike light and a rack trunk.
The bike was outfitted with a new Selle Italia Respiro Saddle. The saddle was compliments of Brooks England and Selle Italia thanks to Andrea. Thanks Andrea! Booker loves the new saddle and even in today's 95 degree weather the saddle was not even warm to the touch after setting out in the sun. Selle Italia - Thank You!
Many on this thread are fortunate enough to be able to afford the latest and greatest in equipment, but I will bet that none are any happier than Booker or could have shown anymore joy than him with a working bike. To him it means freedom and the ability to go to work, run errands and do other things where he had to rely on the bus, walking or someone giving him a ride.