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.