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Old 04-25-16, 03:02 PM
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Bike Disposal?

What is a good way to dispose of a damaged bike? My daughters bike was backed over by a car and is mangled beyond repair. I don't feel right about running it to the dump. Are there places that would take such a thing? I don't want to dismantle it or anything, just drop it and be on my way.
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Old 04-25-16, 03:07 PM
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My co-op takes bikes and parts in any condition. Perhaps there is one in your area.
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Old 04-25-16, 03:38 PM
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maybe the local shop can do the tear down in the winter and make another kids bike work

'Toys for Tots' charity kind of thing..
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Old 04-25-16, 03:44 PM
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Leave it on your front lawn. Some metal salvaging person will pick it up.
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Old 04-25-16, 03:57 PM
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A bike co-op might take it for parts then send the mangled frame for recycling. If you don't have a co-op you could post it as a "donor" bike on a local flea market site or Craig's List. Other than that, it's probably best to take it to the metal recyclers yourself and get paid by the pound.
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Old 04-25-16, 04:00 PM
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Originally Posted by Gweedo1 View Post
Leave it on your front lawn. Some metal salvaging person will pick it up.
this is what I do with anything metal. Actually, I would cut it up and save it for a friend's dad, but that's the same thing, really
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Old 04-26-16, 05:19 AM
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Agree about finding a bicycle co-op in your area, Toys for Tots stopped taking fix up projects many years ago, due to the sheer volume they encounter each year. The USMCR is limited in the time they have to get things organized, distributed and kept in order. Look for churches, shelters and such, as well as the traditional co-ops, these folks will salvage the usable parts so that they can be used, as needed. The remaining damaged frame can be recycled, after its is stripped clean.

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Some bike shops take donation bikes and forward them on to organizations like Bikes not Bombs, etc..
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Old 04-26-16, 07:35 AM
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Don't do what I did. Son's bike broke in a couple of places from doing jumps and such (he was 7 or 8). Put it in the truck and took it to the dump with him in the truck. Looked over and he was crying

10 years later I still feel like a jerk
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Old 04-26-16, 07:39 AM
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Originally Posted by GravelMN View Post
Other than that, it's probably best to take it to the metal recyclers yourself and get paid by the pound.
Meh, unless you live next door to a scrapyard, its probably not worth the effort. For the couple pounds a bike frame weighs, you'd be lucky to see a couple dollars. Might not even get a dollar out of it.

Either give it to a co-op who can use it for parts and then dispose of the frame, or stick it out by the curb with a free sign on it. Someone will grab it.
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Old 04-26-16, 07:58 AM
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Originally Posted by Flip Flop Rider View Post
Don't do what I did. Son's bike broke in a couple of places from doing jumps and such (he was 7 or 8). Put it in the truck and took it to the dump with him in the truck. Looked over and he was crying

10 years later I still feel like a jerk
Worse than flushing the dead gold fish...
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Old 04-26-16, 08:04 AM
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Most bike non-profits have a scrap bin.
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Old 04-26-16, 08:04 AM
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...but not quite as bad as flushing the live goldfish. ;-)

Anyway, back to the original bike... As mentioned above, if there's a bike co-op nearby, they may be willing to take the bike to salvage it for parts. Another option is to run an ad on Craigslist, either under bikes or "free stuff".
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