Originally Posted by powers2b
If you took all those bikes into a small shop and started combining parts I wonder how many complete bikes you could come up with.
A project like that would be fun, encourage recycling, and probably get the attention of the city leaders.
I have done this before in the 90's. I even tried to be very select about it and was totally selfish about the parts I got. During my morning commute, whenever I saw a crushed bicycle U-locked to a lamp post, I often came back a few days later with WD-40, a freewheel remover, wrenches, and sometimes crank-extractor and spanner.
This was a great way to get nice suntour parts.
I still have a wheel with a suntour winner freewheel on it from those days, a variety of friction mode derailleurs and shifters, a half-decent quill stem and miscellaneous parts.
My best score was some very kick-ass shiny Galli brake calipers.