I have a 15+ year old huffy mtn. bike that is still in good condition (we bought it at a LBS back in the day). I recently replaced the cracked, rotten Selle gel saddle that was on the bike with a Specialized BG, and fixed the crank arm that had stripped out and fallen off. I also put new pedals on it. After riding it around for a year or so, I just replaced it with a Trek fx7.3.
I'm thinking about just setting the old bike outside and letting whoever wants it steal it. I don't exactly live in the safest part of town, so I'm sure it would be gone in a day or so. Is this a good idea? Will the person who takes the bike make the logical assumption that an old bike in the "trash" probably equals a new bike in the house, and then try to break in? I really don't know where to take the old bike, and I'd like someone to get some use out of it, hopefully someone who could use a bike, but can't afford one. The closest goodwill is like 20 miles away, and is completely out of my way. I never go to that area of town.
So, is leaving my old bike out for someone (hopefully less fortunate and needing of a bike) to steal a good idea?