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Old 09-25-17, 01:21 PM
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Abandoned Burning Man bikes to be recycled

It's good to see them be used for a good purpose like this.
Abandoned at Burning Man, bicycles now head for Houston and the Caribbean - BBC News
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Old 09-25-17, 01:37 PM
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So much for "leave nothing behind."
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Are too many of the visitors still drunk or stoned when they left because they forgot they brought bikes?
Or do they just not care? Both money wise and from an environmental aspect.
At least some of the bikes are now going to a good cause.
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I saw this news earlier today and was encouraged. The bikes offered may not be the best, but if people in those areas get a feel for the mobility and other advantages, we could see some real conversion to the Dutch way. Unlikely with the infrastructure design around Houston, but one could hope.
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After all the hype about the sharing and brotherhood of the event, I had no idea this mass abandonment of bikes occurred. Casts a whole new light on Burning Man.
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After all the hype about the sharing and brotherhood of the event, I had no idea this mass abandonment of bikes occurred. Casts a whole new light on Burning Man.
It has been a problem for a few years, but apparently this year it skyrocketed.

Many of them are custom made for the event (not the frames, but decorations/accessories) and serve the owner no purpose afterwards, so they get left behind. Many probably aren't all that great to begin with, if even after picking through piles of thousands of free bikes flippers are only taking a couple hundred.
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Old 09-26-17, 07:21 AM
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A friend of mine had his bike stolen there, and his wife, while on foot, got run over by one. They offered to sell me an extra ticket this year, and I politely declined. (I would rather stick a spoke in my eye.)

I sure hope they just don't dump a huge pile of worthless, alkali-encrusted crap on people in devastated Caribbean islands.
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Old 09-26-17, 12:03 PM
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By the time people in general know about an event like that, the event like that has died. It's name has been replaced by a killer zombie event designed to make money. "Burning Man" now is no more "Burnign Man" than any of the 1990s "Woodstock" revivals were in any way anything like Woodstock.

But ... if I lived in a hurricane-ravaged area and all I had was a bicycle, not all i had for transport, All I Had ... I wouldn't care if it had stupid sticker and bells.
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Old 09-26-17, 12:13 PM
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I hope they disinfect the bikes before they give them away.
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Originally Posted by jefnvk View Post
Many of them are custom made for the event (not the frames, but decorations/accessories) and serve the owner no purpose afterwards, so they get left behind. Many probably aren't all that great to begin with, if even after picking through piles of thousands of free bikes flippers are only taking a couple hundred.
Not to mention that they tend to get caked with thick layers of corrosive dust. So they probably weren't great bikes when they were taken out there, and once used there they aren't good bikes.
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I'm sure no one forgot their bongs or pipes.
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Originally Posted by Harhir View Post
Are too many of the visitors still drunk or stoned when they left because they forgot they brought bikes? Or do they just not care?
Most likely scenarios:

Bike gets lost. The event is huge and there are tens of thousands of bikes. People park their bikes and do some dancing or sightseeing, then they aren't able to find them when they return, especially at night. Once you lose it, you probably won't find it again.

Bike gets stolen. This happened to my wife. Most likely her bike was dumped at the end when the thief was done with it, so we probably had a bike in one of those piles. Believe me, it was not our choice. I built up that bike for my wife and she was heartbroken.

Bike actually gets abandoned. Many people fly to the event on commercial airlines and can't transport a bike in addition to everything else they need. Enter Walmart with their cheap, disposable bikes. Buying a Wallybike and dumping it at the end is actually cheaper than renting a bike for a week. This is not an excuse, just a cause.

Hope that assuages your prejudices.
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It cost money to get in?
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It cost money to get in?
Freedom isn't free.
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Old 09-26-17, 08:53 PM
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I wonder how many elbow length lace half finger gloves, steampunk leather and brass aviator goggles, parasols and gold lace weaves are left behind.
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I wonder how many elbow length lace half finger gloves, steampunk leather and brass aviator goggles, parasols and gold lace weaves are left behind.
Somebody sounds jealous they missed the party!
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Old 09-26-17, 10:30 PM
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Originally Posted by jefnvk View Post
Somebody sounds jealous they missed the party!
Heh! Yup. Ya got me.

One of my longtime online acquaintances is a musician, a longtime Burner and drop dead gorgeous. I just described most of her wardrobe for her Burning Man concerts.

Yeah, I wouldn't mind visiting once, just to say I'd done it.
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Old 09-26-17, 11:14 PM
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Burning Man gives new meaning to the term "unwashed masses." I can't imagine how badly those people must smell after carousing around in the desert drunk and stoned for a while with no bathing. P.U.
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
I hope they disinfect the bikes before they give them away.
No kidding. Hopefully, the bikes will be dipped in some kind of uber-industrial antiseptic vat. And it probably wouldn't hurt if the bikes were put under quarantine for a few weeks either.

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Originally Posted by Brennan View Post
Most likely scenarios:

Bike gets lost. The event is huge and there are tens of thousands of bikes. People park their bikes and do some dancing or sightseeing, then they aren't able to find them when they return, especially at night. Once you lose it, you probably won't find it again.

Bike gets stolen. This happened to my wife. Most likely her bike was dumped at the end when the thief was done with it, so we probably had a bike in one of those piles. Believe me, it was not our choice. I built up that bike for my wife and she was heartbroken.

Bike actually gets abandoned. Many people fly to the event on commercial airlines and can't transport a bike in addition to everything else they need. Enter Walmart with their cheap, disposable bikes. Buying a Wallybike and dumping it at the end is actually cheaper than renting a bike for a week. This is not an excuse, just a cause.

Hope that assuages your prejudices.
All 3 of those scenarios happen. I believe this year there was a much larger amount of the third one, as a very large amount of people came to the US from Australia to see the solar eclipse, then decided to stay for Burning Man. I worked for a camp that took a bunch of the abandoned bikes, and we ran out of space at around 1600 of them. Some still had price tags and owners manuals attached.

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I wonder how many elbow length lace half finger gloves, steampunk leather and brass aviator goggles, parasols and gold lace weaves are left behind.
I was amazed at how many of those items were left on abandoned bikes. I scored a few sweet prizes off the bikes I helped process.

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Burning Man gives new meaning to the term "unwashed masses." I can't imagine how badly those people must smell after carousing around in the desert drunk and stoned for a while with no bathing. P.U.
While I certainly did not smell good at the end, I can't recall anyone smelling so bad that it drew my attention. And I hugged a lot of people there. The restrooms were quite awful to smell though.
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So much for "leave no trace"
Disgusting.
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Originally Posted by canklecat View Post
Yeah, I wouldn't mind visiting once, just to say I'd done it.
Same here.

Originally Posted by Doctor Morbius View Post
Burning Man gives new meaning to the term "unwashed masses." I can't imagine how badly those people must smell after carousing around in the desert drunk and stoned for a while with no bathing. P.U.
Can't be any worse than some of the ultralight wild camping Touring stories I've heard
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Originally Posted by Doctor Morbius View Post
Burning Man gives new meaning to the term "unwashed masses." I can't imagine how badly those people must smell after carousing around in the desert drunk and stoned for a while with no bathing. P.U.
Check out the shower I built for our camp. Even if you go showerless, body odor isn't much of a problem there because the conditions are so dry, the sweat instantly evaporates off your skin, and the alkali dust which covers everything is not friendly to microbes.
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Originally Posted by canklecat View Post
Yeah, I wouldn't mind visiting once, just to say I'd done it.
Be careful. If you ever make it out there, you may wind up going more than just once.
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I just read about what really goes on there. Very disturbing. I'm sure a few thousand new cases of STD's are spread each year.
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