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    Theres this abandonned bicycle frame that I want.

    I pass by this abandoned bicycle frame almost everyday.
    I'm pretty sure its abandoned because its been there for about a year and all the parts are stripped....
    Wheels, forks and handle bars.
    The lock is rusted out.
    Its actually been there so long that I see it on google street view with all the parts gone. lol.

    This is in the city of Toronto.

    I'm wondering if there is a way I could somehow buy it off the City of Toronto for a cheap price... Since I'm sure they eventually go around the city getting rid of abandoned bikes like this. I see it quite often... a poor bike stripped of its components by theives and left to rust away....

    I assume the owner went to his/her bike one day and saw it all stripped and thought to himself "ah screw it". Thus leaving it to rot away.

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    To be honest, if it's been there for a year you can probably just cut the lock off and no one would care.

    If the city took it, they would do the same and probably toss it as if it was garbage so might as well put it to some use.
    Watch out for the rust issues!

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    Quote Originally Posted by 8Fishes View Post
    To be honest, if it's been there for a year you can probably just cut the lock off and no one would care.

    If the city took it, they would do the same and probably toss it as if it was garbage so might as well put it to some use.
    Watch out for the rust issues!
    That's what I think too.

    It's probably not legal but I might do it anyway.

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    Quote Originally Posted by UrbanPoet View Post
    I pass by this abandoned bicycle frame almost everyday.
    I'm pretty sure its abandoned because its been there for about a year and all the parts are stripped....
    Wheels, forks and handle bars.
    The lock is rusted out.
    Its actually been there so long that I see it on google street view with all the parts gone. lol.

    This is in the city of Toronto.

    I'm wondering if there is a way I could somehow buy it off the City of Toronto for a cheap price... Since I'm sure they eventually go around the city getting rid of abandoned bikes like this. I see it quite often... a poor bike stripped of its components by theives and left to rust away....

    I assume the owner went to his/her bike one day and saw it all stripped and thought to himself "ah screw it". Thus leaving it to rot away.
    Do everyone a favor and grab the frame to reclaim it into a worthwhile bike. Part of a "city clean up" if you will.
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    Think of it this way. If the frame was worth anything the thieves would have nailed it along with the components. It's easier to rob the whole bike than strip it piece meal.
    You say it's been there a long time. Why hasn't anyone else taken it?

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    +1.....fully honorable to revive an abandoned relic after so long...

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightshade View Post
    Do everyone a favor and grab the frame to reclaim it into a worthwhile bike. Part of a "city clean up" if you will.
    +1

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    Its a sekine road bike frame.
    If it was a complete bike it'd probably only worth less then $100 around here.

    I have a spare drop bar and wheels. I was thinking of making a beater fixie/single speed for the winter. =]

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    Take a picture of this abandoned frame and include it in the mayor's letter.

    Write the mayor a letter, informing him of your intentions. Tell him that it is an eye-sore and you're tired of it littering the city's scenery. Tell him, that you'd be more than happy to claim the bike on a certain day, if it has not already been claimed by the city on that date (give them 30 days).

    Furthermore, inform him that if he has not answered your letter, email, or phone call within that thirty-day period, you will assume that he has given his permission for you to claim it, because you understand how busy he is as mayor and how insignificant your request is considering all the other important communications that he must execute.

    Thank him for his consideration and send him a small political donation.

    PS.

    Make certain that you include all of your contact info.
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    I'd say it's pretty safe to say that you can take this bike without hurting anyone. You might be able to get in touch with the city, but if the lock could be easily broken I'd just take it. If it is outside of a corner store or something I'd just check with them to see how long it's been there. They're probably glad that you're taking it away.

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    I don't know how things work in Canadia, but in the midwest USA, it's probably best to just get the frame- without informing or involving any municipal officials. Communicating with City Hall is just about always a letterpess invitation for things to get complicate and unpleasant.

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