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Old 01-20-06, 12:17 AM   #1
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Aaaahhhh

So, who else finds it very annoying when your parents/signifigant other/anyone throws your bike in the garbage dump? I sure do.
so im building a commuter out of spare parts ive got kicking around for my wee sister to take to school. well, i went out to our shed outside, to look for some old bikes taht were kicking around (I had 2 old road bikes, probably 1970's, not sure of brands or anything, just some old painted over 10 speeds, 1 half working mountain bike, and 2 half built mountain bike frames), and as it turns out, the only bikes that i really wanted, the 2 road bikes, were gone...i searched in every spot they would be, and finally i asked my mom where they were...and as it turns out, "they were old and had flat tires, so i threw them in the dump last month"....that really sucks cause i kinda needed some parts off of them, and one still worked for sure, aside from the flat on the back. so now i need to actually buy parts for this bike, when i wouldnt have had to. my sister should be expecting the bill in the mail in about 2 weeks haha.
but really, has anyone else had a bike thrown away by someone you know?

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Old 01-20-06, 12:26 AM   #2
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One man's trash is another man's treasure. When you live with your parents, sometimes the distinction between the two gets blurred.
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Many men hoard 'junk' with potential treasure in it; and many women fail to recognize the 'treasure' in that junk, has been my broad based experience.
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Not only disposing of perfectly good stuff, but many women also move things. It doesn't matter if the item is in a perfectly good place for what it is, it must be put somewhere else. Preferably in a location that wouldn't be apparent.

This affliction seems to be so widespread that it must be a genetic disposition.
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It's not often you get the chance to say this to your parents, so take advantage. Tell your mother, "Shame on you!" for throwing away those bikes, and send her to this web site:

http://www.p4p.org/

"Every year, affluent Americans buy 22 million new bicycles and discard millions of old ones, abandoning many more unused in basements, sheds, and garages. Most of these end up in our already overburdened landfills. Meanwhile, poor people overseas need cheap, non-polluting transportation to get to jobs, markets, customers, and schools. Pedals for Progress has received, processed and donated 90,000 bicycles, 500 used sewing machines and $8 million in new spare parts to partner charities in 28 countries.

Furthermore, Pedals for Progress promotes bicycle repair businesses in the developing world. Typically, a community owned non-profit bike store will get the first containerized cargo shipment for free (about 450 bicycles), but that repair store then has to earn enough money selling the repaired bikes to pay for the next shipment.

Pedals for Progress isn't just donating used bicycles: It's also helping developing world economies by promoting self-sustaining bicycle repair businesses."
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Been there, done that. My Mom threw out a shoe box full of baseball cards from the 1950s and 60s while I was in college. I hate to think what the Mickey Mantle, Whitey Ford, and Yogi Berra cards would be worth. The Dick Groat cards would have made great spoke cards.
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"Every year, affluent Americans buy 22 million new bicycles and discard millions of old ones, abandoning many more unused in basements, sheds, and garages. Most of these end up in our already overburdened landfills. Meanwhile, poor people overseas need cheap, non-polluting transportation to get to jobs, markets, customers, and schools.
So, this is kind of like that argument to eat your creamed corn because there are starving kids in Africa who would be happy to eat it?
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yup, my mom moves things on a regualr basis...she did that just recently...to my room...i walked in there and it wanst my room...the bed was on the opposite side, my couch was moved, all of my clothes were folded and stacked...she even reorganised my wallet...which i didnt notice until i bought something and found that my debit card wasnt where i usually put it...nope, it was behind my stash of business cards, almost purposly hidden i would think...anyways...maybe this is a sign that i should go to the LBS here, aka the one person run repair shop that runs 6 months of the year out of his garage...maybe ill convince him to start a real store...and sell bikes and parts and stuff. who knows.

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Well at least we know that you're a good kid. You can't hide anything from your mom. But it did kind of suck about the bike in the dumpster.
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Old 01-20-06, 04:14 PM   #11
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o no...there wasnt "A" bike in the dumpster indicating a singular bike....o no sir...there were 2...indicating plural bike"s"....if there was still one of em left i coulda used that...but no...no more bikes

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