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    It feels nice to be nice

    Today, a friend of mine who bicycle commutes came over to have me tune up his bike. Amazingly, despite all the time he spends on a bike, he doesn't know much about bicycle repair and maintanance.

    I had to tune in every cable, true his wheels, did some work on the derailures, and then I rewrapped his handlebars with some good tape I just happened to have.

    He was so appreciative, that it sure made the effort worthwhile. Man, that is better than cash.

    Also, in the past two weeks, I gave away three nice bikes that I rebuilt. Those cats are delighted too. The bikes didn't cost me anything, but they are bringing a lot of joy (and transportation) to some new bicycle commuters.

    In some ways, I am glad that I don't rely on bicycle repair for income. Doing it as a community service rocks.
    Mike

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    riding a Pinarello Prince orguasch's Avatar
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    Mike,
    You rock man, "may your tribe increase"
    "Racso", the well oiled machine;)

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    Originally posted by mike
    ...I am glad that I don't rely on bicycle repair for income. Doing it as a community service rocks.
    Mike,

    One day I will show up with a sob story asking for a bike.



    I wonder how many other people in the world have a heart so big?

    "Want a bike fixed FREE? Go to WWW.MIKE.COM/garage/wifeaway/beer"
    No worries

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    Glad to know you. You must be a happy man.

    Kathy

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    Originally posted by LittleBigMan

    Mike,

    One day I will show up with a sob story asking for a bike.



    I wonder how many other people in the world have a heart so big?

    "Want a bike fixed FREE? Go to WWW.MIKE.COM/garage/wifeaway/beer"
    Pete, you know that if you needed a bike, I would give you one no questions asked (except maybe "what kind of bike do you want and what color?).
    Mike

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    Sumanitu taka owaci LittleBigMan's Avatar
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    Mike,

    I've got this Schwinn Super Sport with broken spokes and missing friction shifters (I needed them ) I hear tell from Oscar (whatever happened to him?) that the Super Sport has a unique frame construction.

    I'd send it to you if I could afford to. No sense it letting it waste away. I can't use it!

    :confused:
    No worries

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    Originally posted by LittleBigMan
    Mike,

    I've got this Schwinn Super Sport with broken spokes and missing friction shifters (I needed them ) I hear tell from Oscar (whatever happened to him?) that the Super Sport has a unique frame construction.

    I'd send it to you if I could afford to. No sense it letting it waste away. I can't use it!

    :confused:
    You need some spokes and a friction shifter, Pete?
    Mike

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    Mike

    All those Elks, Lions, Moose, Rotarians, Big Brothers and Sisters, and the countless groups and service organizations I can't even think of, don't have it wrong. Volunteering your time, being in service to others, is what makes this world go'round. It's the best feeling you can get.

    Tom Balmer
    Goatbiking. "It's not the size of the hills you climb, it's what you smell like when you're done". So sez my wife.
    [SIGPIC][/SIGPIC]

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    Mike, great work you are doing, keep it up, it's nice to know that nice people still exsist. Mike I used to volunteer for a lot of things, until last year. I am tired of people taking advantage of my free help to make themselves look good, and they treat the volunteers like crap, so no more of that for me, unless children are involved than I MIGHT do something for nothing, but I just feel that no one appreiciates all the hard work that volunteers do.

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    Originally posted by LittleBigMan
    Mike,

    I've got this Schwinn Super Sport with broken spokes and missing friction shifters (I needed them ) I hear tell from Oscar (whatever happened to him?) that the Super Sport has a unique frame construction.
    1) I have a set of Schwinn TwinStiks, if you want them. They appear on eBay periodically, as well.
    2) The Super Sport and Superior had fillet-brazed CrMo frames, instead of the more familiar, and heavier, electroforged gas-pipes of the Varsinentals.
    "Early to bed, early to rise. Work like hell, and advertise." -- George Stahlman
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    Originally posted by John E


    2) The Super Sport and Superior had fillet-brazed CrMo frames, instead of the more familiar, and heavier, electroforged gas-pipes of the Varsinentals.
    Har har har... I hadn't heard of the old Schwinn tubes described as 'gas pipes' before, but it fits. Good one, John.
    Mike

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    Originally posted by John E


    1) I have a set of Schwinn TwinStiks, if you want them.


    Gosh, I'd rather give away the frame, but I guess it's harder than it seems.

    Your offer of goodwill is very much appreciated, John; I would expect nothing less from a gentleman like you.

    Unfortunately, I'm not like Mike in this way...I just keep one bike operational, by hook or crook!
    No worries

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