(not really a single speed post but...) Reading other posts about Bridgestones reminded me of how much I loved my first "real" bike, a Bridgestone MB-3 from the early 90s. That bike was dependable and just felt right. Unfortunately I traded it for drugs when I was using, and have always regretted it.
Every day I see a Bridgestone locked against a railing of the apartment building next door to me. It's not a high-end one, just one of their city bikes they made near the end. That Bridgestone has been locked to that railing for 2 years now, and hasn't moved. I've thought about putting a note on the front door of the building offering to buy it, and I've thought about perfecting the pen/U-Lock trick and freeing the Bridgestone and giving it a new life. It literally never ever gets ridden. Ever.
I feel bad that I think about stealing the bike, but it hasn't moved in 2 years. Somebody stole the rear wheel off of it last winter and the owner put a new wheel setup on it, but it still sits there through snow and rain. It never moves. I look at it out my window every day, and see it when I walk up my front steps. It would be a great commuter bike, it would make a great fixed-gear, it is in perfect shape. It deserves a new life.
It's hard to see something every day that deserves a new life. One side of me says to just ignore it, the other side says to me that Bridgestone would brighten somebody's life up greatly. Tough call.