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    How to get rid of vintage bikes?

    There is also an old Fuji 10-speed (women's model) which is circa late 70's sitting in my basement (it was my wife's). We have road bikes and mountain bikes that we ride, but this one hasn't seen the asphalt in many moons. I'm not interested in making a profit from it - I'd just like to be rid of it, but I'd feel odd about throwing it in the trash heap. Can anyone suggest reasonable alternatives?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jazzy_cyclist
    There is also an old Fuji 10-speed (women's model) which is circa late 70's sitting in my basement (it was my wife's). We have road bikes and mountain bikes that we ride, but this one hasn't seen the asphalt in many moons. I'm not interested in making a profit from it - I'd just like to be rid of it, but I'd feel odd about throwing it in the trash heap. Can anyone suggest reasonable alternatives?
    I have given several such bikes to Goodwill. Some college student can then get a good deal on a bike.

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    Goodwill or ST. Vincent De Paul are both good ways to recycle your cycle. I got my "winter" road bike from Goodwill and I was very happy to find it. If you don't mind the hassel there is always E-bay. I bought my daughter a Motobecane and rehabed it for her Christmas present. Just don't landfill the deal, someone will be happy to use it.

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    "I'd feel odd about throwing it in the trash heap. Can anyone suggest reasonable alternatives?"

    -- NO NO don't throw it in any "trash heap". If the bike has been cared for and has no rusty or dangerously worn parts, then sell or donate it. Your bicycle can serve another generation if it is reasonably maintained and sheltered from severe weather.

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    Keep the maintence up on it. You never know when you'll need a spare bike.
    Bikes use brakes to stop.

    If your bike has breaks, don't ride it.

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    It might also be worth a call to your local bike shops to ask suggestions - I know of two programs here in Colorado that collect old bikes through LBSes and distribute them to low-income kids, along with lessons on how to maintain and ride them safely.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brokenrobot
    It might also be worth a call to your local bike shops to ask suggestions - I know of two programs here in Colorado that collect old bikes through LBSes and distribute them to low-income kids, along with lessons on how to maintain and ride them safely.
    When I owned my shop, we did that. Truthfully, about half of the bikes we collected went to some charity and half, which I considered to be unrideable, went into the dumpster. The Hosteling International Organization in St. Louis runs a program for disadvantaged kids to build their own bike from donated materials. The majority of the bikes they collect, however, wind up being disassembled and sold for scrap metal.

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    In my area, the recent emmigrants rely on CHEAP bicycles for basic transport. Before I Goodwill one, I grease the hubs and replace the tubes at the minimum to keep the next owner from hurt. It is always a nostalgia trip to take it around the block for the last time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fsor
    In my area, the recent emmigrants rely on CHEAP bicycles for basic transport. Before I Goodwill one, I grease the hubs and replace the tubes at the minimum to keep the next owner from hurt. It is always a nostalgia trip to take it around the block for the last time.


    Absolutely a good idea. I would also service the brakes. New cables cost a few bucks at most.

    You can also drop it off at a college or grocery store with a sign that says "FREE!" on it.

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