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Old 05-11-12, 11:25 PM   #1
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Amsterdam's Bike Graveyard

The place where bikes go in Amsterdam when their owners no longer love them. Yet in North America, these same bikes would sell at a premium price.

Go figure.

".......The Fietsdepot is the graveyard for 10,000 bikes of all shapes and sizes which have been removed by the city of Amsterdam while illegally parked. Only 25% are claimed by their owners, after 3 months all unclaimed bikes are scrapped or sold at auctions....."-http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wwji1CpWO9E
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Old 05-12-12, 01:39 AM   #2
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Indeed they are some nice bikes. I wonder if they donate to people that need them instead of just scraping them. I am pretty sure there's a lot of demand in Africa.
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Old 05-12-12, 04:06 AM   #3
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I wonder why their owners don't reclaim them. Could it be that they'd have to pay a fine for illegal parking which makes it not worth doing?

I'd love to go to one of their auctions.
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The place where bikes go in Amsterdam when their owners no longer love them. Yet in North America, these same bikes would sell at a premium price.

Go figure.

".......The Fietsdepot is the graveyard for 10,000 bikes of all shapes and sizes which have been removed by the city of Amsterdam while illegally parked. Only 25% are claimed by their owners, after 3 months all unclaimed bikes are scrapped or sold at auctions....."-http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wwji1CpWO9E
This happens lots in the US. Bikes are seized. The owners are too preoccupied or have no indoor space to reclaim. The bikes are sold at auction.

Also, I believe another driver is that the Dutch receive a tax break on the purchase of a new bike....
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The bakfiets at 1:25 and 1:50 caught my eye. Wish we had those at auction here.
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We have that many bikes locked up in police stations across the country! Seriously. In my small town, (pop 60K) the police station has about 100 bikes locked up. Although most were department store bikes, there were a number of older Schwinn bikes from the 70's in that pack. If you went to all the police stations in the U.S, you have 10,000 bikes easily!

The difference being the Dutch have much better bikes they discard than we do.

Good Post.
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I wonder why their owners don't reclaim them. Could it be that they'd have to pay a fine for illegal parking which makes it not worth doing?

I'd love to go to one of their auctions.
I know that the Netherlands has a good bicycle insurance program, many owners probably claim that the bike was stolen, get an insurance settlement, and buy a new bike.


I would say that a few US cyclists and bike co-ops would give their left nut to rummage through that graveyard.
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The bakfiets at 1:25 and 1:50 caught my eye. Wish we had those at auction here.
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I would say that a few US cyclists and bike co-ops would give their left nut to rummage through that graveyard.
I think Cyclepup has already found his bike in that pile.
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hello

who can hemp me PLEASE

maybe who know how i can buy some bikes from Amsterdam bike Graveyard ???
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who can hemp me PLEASE

maybe who know how i can buy some bikes from Amsterdam bike Graveyard ???
I'm sure someone can hemp you in Amsterdam.
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who can hemp me PLEASE

maybe who know how i can buy some bikes from Amsterdam bike Graveyard ???
In Marocco, Romania and Afghanistan probably. They don't auction them to individual citizens anymore. Some of them will end up in the used bike shops for between 50 and 100 euro's, but most of them will go to countries were they appreciate them more and labour is cheap enough to repair them properly.
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The Canals get drained and all sorts of things including bikes , thrown in, get removed from the mud, on the bottom.
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You ain't seen noth'n yet. Japan is covered with such places, there are literally dozens of such graveyards here in Tokyo alone. Abandoned bikes are collected from the different districts of the city, some of these bikes are quite expensive, and are sold by the ton. They are loaded into shipping containers, and sent to China, where they are melted down and made into whatever. Anyone can bid on these bikes, and by the ton they are cheap, but you can't buy just one. If you see something like a order-made Panasonic, an old Litespeed, or a 3 Rensho road racer, you'll have to take the entire lot of bikes around it.
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Still it is nice the Dutch ride bikes so much.
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Still it is nice the Dutch ride bikes so much.
Yes, it is.

http://bc.ctvnews.ca/mobile/massive-richmond-scrapyard-fire-started-in-pile-of-cars-1.3250114

https://qz.com/961991/a-week-long-to...lp-put-it-out/

(a little perspective.)

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This is just amazing
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If you went to all the police stations in the U.S, you have 10,000 bikes easily!
My dad took me to the bike pound back in the late 1960s in New Orleans (not a huge city) to recover my stolen bike. I found it. But WOW!!! There were SO many bikes in there.
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It's amazing how there is no use for a used automobile tire? Billions are wasting away in landfills all over the US. From what I understood, they are toxic and cannot be melted down for other uses. I heard they were converting them as turf for children's playgrounds across the country. However, I then heard a report that some of the children were catching cancer. After all these years, no one has come up with a solution to make a more biological friendly car tire or even one that can be recycled.
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After all these years, no one has come up with a solution to make a more biological friendly car tire or even one that can be recycled.
Rails work like steel tires where the wheel rolls over the 'tire'/rail instead of having it wrapped around. Vibrations on rail cars are dampened by springs/shocks instead of pneumatic tires.
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