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    Bicycle graveyard

    We went with my son to his college orientation this past week. As part of the orientation we were given a tour of the campus. There were bike racks stationed at every building, some empty, others with several bikes locked up to them. It was obvious that many of these bikes had been abandoned and left to die a slow death. There was a Specialized Stumpjumper with ivy growing over it, no chain and severely rusted RD and cassette. Another was was resting belly up missing the rear wheel. Another odd sight was simply a front MTB wheel locked to the rack, the rest of the bike was missing.

    It's a shame they don't do a sweep of the campus after the end of the school year and donate any abandoned bikes to organizations that refurb old bikes for charitiable groups.
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    I always wished they would cut them off just to open up a few parking places. There are times it seems every rack is entirely occupied by the same rusting skeletons. The University of MA does cut them off eventually and has a bike auction with the unclaimed ones. Unfortunately, they are typically wal-mart clunkers or in a condition that makes them a loss for anything but scrap. Every once in a while you see an old classic rusting away. It is sad. You know that some guy gave his kid his old 1970s race bike to use at college.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sir Real
    We went with my son to his college orientation this past week. As part of the orientation we were given a tour of the campus. There were bike racks stationed at every building, some empty, others with several bikes locked up to them. It was obvious that many of these bikes had been abandoned and left to die a slow death. There was a Specialized Stumpjumper with ivy growing over it, no chain and severely rusted RD and cassette. Another was was resting belly up missing the rear wheel. Another odd sight was simply a front MTB wheel locked to the rack, the rest of the bike was missing.

    It's a shame they don't do a sweep of the campus after the end of the school year and donate any abandoned bikes to organizations that refurb old bikes for charitiable groups.
    Colorado State University has a program for donating bikes when you leave. It's kinda cool.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cyccommute
    Colorado State University has a program for donating bikes when you leave. It's kinda cool.
    My question is: "What actually hapens to the donated bikes?"

    Here in St Louis there is, or at least used to be, an organization that took in donated bikes and trained kids to build their own bike. Most of the bikes that were donated, however, were disassembled and sold as scrap metal.

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    Where I work - at Baylor University in Waco - donates abandoned bikes to the Salvation Army. They used to store them for a while and make them available for the taking, but now they go straight to donation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by barba
    I always wished they would cut them off just to open up a few parking places. There are times it seems every rack is entirely occupied by the same rusting skeletons. The University of MA does cut them off eventually and has a bike auction with the unclaimed ones. Unfortunately, they are typically wal-mart clunkers or in a condition that makes them a loss for anything but scrap. Every once in a while you see an old classic rusting away. It is sad. You know that some guy gave his kid his old 1970s race bike to use at college.
    I'm at UMass too and my experience is similar. Although sometimes I will think a bike has been abandoned and later find out otherwise. It will be in such bad shape and always in the exact same place. Then one day it'll be in a different place. I am amazed that someone is actually USING a bike in that condition. I mean, covered with rust, tires always flat, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Retro Grouch
    My question is: "What actually hapens to the donated bikes?"

    Here in St Louis there is, or at least used to be, an organization that took in donated bikes and trained kids to build their own bike. Most of the bikes that were donated, however, were disassembled and sold as scrap metal.
    They use them in a rental fleet for students and visitors. http://www.ramwheels.colostate.edu/leave-it-behind.asp
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    It is not illegal to 'steal' abandoned property; what is abandonned is subject to interpretation. I would also point out that one thing not being learned at that university is frugality. When your kid goes there by him/her a hacksaw with a titanium blade.

    "simply a front MTB wheel locked to the rack" Most likely the owner did not chain the bike and it was stolen. Another possibility is the owner of a very expensive bike is chaining parts in different locations.
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    Quote Originally Posted by geo8rge
    It is not illegal to 'steal' abandoned property; what is abandonned is subject to interpretation. I would also point out that one thing not being learned at that university is frugality. When your kid goes there by him/her a hacksaw with a titanium blade.

    "simply a front MTB wheel locked to the rack" Most likely the owner did not chain the bike and it was stolen. Another possibility is the owner of a very expensive bike is chaining parts in different locations.
    Why not go all the way and teach him how to shoplift it?
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