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Old 03-05-05, 09:28 PM   #1
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How do you decommision a bike?

Well I've bought two new projects to replace my ailing 1988 schwinn sierra comp

And I'll end up stripping the bike for the goodies on her. What do you do with an old frame you've had for years? I'll keep the headbadge, that's a given. I can't see myself just throwing it in the garbage... It's got some rust on the bottom bracket... the bike is 100% chromed but the galveston salt air a couple of winters ago really got to her. I suppose I could give her away...
What would you do?
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Old 03-05-05, 09:51 PM   #2
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After you've stripped it, unless you plan on using it yourself there's not much point to having it around.

If you are looking for another project, you can take two old bikes and make a recumbent out of them. From one bike, you just need the frame. I've got that listed as a future project (but in the meantime the two ancient bikes are just collecting dust).

There's a sculptor who does interesting stuff with old bike parts, but he's in Bear Lake, Michigan -- a ways away from Texas. Besides, when asked, he indicated he has no trouble with supply and really didn't want any donations.
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Old 03-06-05, 02:10 AM   #3
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Hang it on the wall or from the ceiling in the garage.
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Old 03-06-05, 02:15 AM   #4
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Depends on your emotional attachment. If none, turf it in the next garbage pick-up, or donate it to some charitable institution that may be able to recycle it, or give it to some fixie wannabe.

Otherwise, as John00 said, hang it in the garage and think of the fun memories you've had with it.
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Old 03-06-05, 08:46 AM   #5
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There are many good organizations out there that accept donations of bicycles and put them to good use. I've used Bikes Not Bombs in the past. If you're looking for an organization that can put a donated bike to good use, google bicycle and docnation - along with your city to find a place close to you. For example - I searched for bicycle donation boston.
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For gosh sakes, man! Turn her into a fixie! Everyone should have a fixie! I guarantee you'll enjoy it, and she'll spend the rest of her days having a gay old time.
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For gosh sakes, man! Turn her into a fixie! Everyone should have a fixie! I guarantee you'll enjoy it, and she'll spend the rest of her days having a gay old time.
NO that's how you get your fingers cut off!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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fixies result in undue loss of body parts...

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Old 03-08-05, 09:22 PM   #8
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I put an old Mongoose frame (and destroyed wheel/no name hub) I had no use for out on the curb with the trash once. They were gone before morning.
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I think you should take it to a junk yard and have it crushed into a cube you can put on your desk for the rest of your life. OR... cut the rear triangle out and weld it to a base to make a shop seat. Seen that a few places.
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Take it to a scrap for recycling. Iron is a finite resource.
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I have a TSX UL frame hanging from the basement celing,It is bent severly ,results of a wreck with a loose dog. I was using real good nylon toe straps at the time and broke a bone in My foot. The Bianchi is still shiney and reminds me why I went cliples.
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Practice painting it with an airbrush or spraycan. Do something funky with it, and maybe turn it into a junker/grocery bike.
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I decomissioned an old canondale that was not worth carrying as luggage. I took the wheels and brakes for use in upgardes and spares then left the bike on the pavement for recycling. Within 12 hours some kind soul had recycled it.
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