OH, ugh! Speaking of "throwing away", talk about missed opportunity! Got a call from a gent that works across the street from another local "boutique bike shop". Seems they were "cleaning house" and had discarded, in his words "a HUGE pile of bikes and parts" by their dumpster, and if we wanted them, we should hurry down and grab them. This is the only downside I can see for NOT driving a car! ARRGH!!! I called my two available "pick up artists" but neither were available at that moment, which I understand implicitly, as they're not at our disposal. They both called me back shortly thereafter, but by the time our scrap guy, Terry got there, it was all gone. Scrappers in this town, are like seagulls. They come out of nowhere when there's food to be found. What peeves me, and forgive me the indulgence, is the unnecessary waste. I realize, contacting us and asking if we wanted it, is Polyanish to think and extremely unlikely. They're not going to want to feed their "perceived" competition, but WHY chuck it? There are at least three, well known charities in this town alone that service the homeless, indigent, and recovering addicts by supplying them with bicycle transportation. They have their own operations to rebuild, service and supply the rides to a LONG waiting list and are always in need of parts or full rides that they then rebuild and give out. I'm sure they would have jumped right in their truck and come down and grabbed the goodies, and been incredibly thankful for it! But instead, they just chuck it all to the curb! Just something VERY wrong with that! A bicycle is NOT an intricate mechanism with a short shelf life. it's not an outdated electronic, or wear worn automotive part. The only reasons, truly, to chuck a bike, is if the frame is damaged or in the rare case, its just so far gone, nothing can be salvaged. Yea, we do get them from time to time, but it's the hardest thing to bring ourselves to do. We'd rather take the time and parts to get it back on the road then to be scrapped, shipped to China, melted down and made into something else to ship back to us and sell at Wal-mart. Ooooo, was that a bit too nasty?
As I said, today is all about slapping palms and answering questions and general meet and greets. And, with nothing to work on, yet again (gotta wait until Monday to get the parts for the work we have had come in) going to putter.
SO, hope to see y'all soon!!
Here's dem goodies!
|20" 7 SPEED MTB!!|
|UNCONVENTIONAL URBAN COMMUTER HYBRID!!!|
|MEN'S 6 SPEED CRUISER!!|
OH! And available again! Just back in and cleaned up from a two week Vacation Plan are....
|LIKE NEW 21 SPEED MTB!!|
|CLASSIC PEUGEOT URBANO HYBRID!!|