It all started when my wife told the kid next door I would put air in his tire. Needless to say it didn't end there. Before I knew it I had a bunch of kids asking me to put air in there tires. I have a lot of kids on my block; I do mean a lot (321 Tirck or Treaters at Halloween). Well next came patching tires, and then I had them bring over two and three bikes to swap parts to make one that worked. So far I have put 5 bikes back in service. The boy next door didn't have a bike so I gave him one I had picked up in a thrift store. It was an old 21 speed steel bike. The little girl acrossed the street didn't have one so I found one for $8.50 in a thrift store and fixed that one up and gave that to her.
The reason I did it was because the kids on my block are active. They are always out playing. They are riding there bikes, skate boards, jumping rope and playing soccer. The other reason is that they are so darned polite! These are the nicest bunch of kids I have ever seen. Most of there parents do not speak english so the kids are bi-lingual. What a bunch of nice kids. Now if I can only get there parents to get helmets for the kids I'd feel like I'm getting some place. Chalk it up to my fight against childhood obesity.