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mwhitefoxm 07-09-15 03:53 PM

Greetings from Cedar Rapids, Ia!
 
Well, it wants me to introduce myself, so here goes!

I'm 51, and disabled.
I fell off a 2 1/2 Story roof a while back and Broke my neck, Shattered my Ankle & Heel, Dislocated my Left Elbow and was Paralyzed for a Year & 1/2 as a Result.
After a year & a Half in the Hospital Bed, they finally performed Surgery on my Neck, & I woke up able to move again!
So for a couple years, I've been working hard to get my body back in shape.

Most everything I do is Volunteer for our Local 501(c)3 Non-Profit Org.
Everything we do is all Volunteer/Free!

I rebuild, recover, or repair Appliances, Furniture, Computers, & BICYCLES for free for a lot of our our Disabled, Elderly, needy, & homeless folks. All for Free.
I also do total home remodeling & repairs, as sort of a handyman...
All on a Volunteer Basis.

One of my projects has been to go to our Local Landfill, where you can pick out Bikes that have been dumped, and rescue them for Free!
There I pick out any that can be rescued, (some need a LOT), and rebuild them for the Folks I already mentioned.
Being ADHD, I have way to much energy to sit or Lay around, so I do what I can to stay Busy & Fit...
This is how I do it! By doing all of this Volunteer stuff. I LOVE helping folks, and those who really need it.

The only problems I have is that since I don't make much money myself now, (I did before I got hurt), Finding the money to buy or find Parts to Fix the Bikes I rescue can be challenging. So once in a While, when I find a Really Nice Bike, I'll sell it to help buy more Parts to keep building more Bikes.
It's one of those Non-Profit, 501(c)3 things.

So every now and then I may check in here to rack your Brains for info on rebuilding a Bike. Ha Ha!

When I do Bikes, I tear it down completely, Bearings, Chain, Gear changers(Derailleurs), Cables, Tubes, Tires, etc...
I'll fix or replace them if I have the Parts handy.
Otherwise, they stay in my Garage until I find the Parts, lol...

Well, that's about all for now.
Glad to be here, and hope to get to know some of you!

Mark

RonH 07-09-15 04:03 PM

Welcome to Bike Forums. Kudos to you for doing this. Good luck and post some pics of the restored bikes. :thumb:

mwhitefoxm 07-09-15 05:35 PM

Ha! I'm working on an old Original "Robinhood 3 Speed that was Made in England, and Brought by some of our English/British Colony Folks that live near Iowa City.
I caught them about to dump it in the Landfill, and asked if I could take it instead to restore it.
It's actually in nice shape! Just got to find the right person for it.
This is one of the ones that I'd Sell to raise money for parts for other Bikes.

I'm also working on a Nice Giant Alcapulco. Changing it from a 12 speed to a 21 speed though.
All Shimano.

obed7 07-10-15 03:37 AM

welcome to the forum


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