3322Re: getting around in snow
- Oct 3, 2001Folder Pete wrote:
> But then I imagine its possible to pull an old Schwinn out of the creek,That's a great option. I'd suggest though that "the
> repatch, repatch, and scavenge bike parts for the "non-buttery-smooth ride".
> Is this the equivalent of the no-cost jalopy?
butter gets churned to perfection" more by what mechanic
does than the cost or source of the parts. Scavenged
components can be tweaked with a dash of love and
thought to enhance their performance.
My wife has the unexplainable talent of being able to walk
into a second hand shop or garage sale then spot a five-dollar
bicycle in near show room condition. It's obviously some sort
of magical ability because I've never had the same sort of
luck when out hunting for parts. :)
There is another route open for some.
My home town and a few other communities around the world have
begun Free Bikes programs, sponsored by one of the service
clubs in conjunction with the citys' police department.
Unclaimed stolen bicycles, or even donated ones, are refurbished
if needed to working condition by volunteers. Temporary ownership
of a bike is then transfered to anyone who asks for it. The
only stipulation being that the vehicle be eventually
returned. Custody can be a matter of hours or decades, depending
on each individual's situation. If the cycle breaks down, it can
go back the police station or service club to trade in for another
one or get fixed. This tact seems to be running more smoothly than
the previous Yellow Bikes program* which was plagued to extinction
with vandalism. Evolution!
The idea sure puts a nice new twist on the slogan, "to serve
and to protect."
(* The Yellow bikes concept was born several years ago in
Holland. Community-shared bicycles set out at random, allowed
anyone lucky enough to find a yellow-painted bicycle in
operating condition to pedal from one point to another.)
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