Our throw away consumer driven economy has not been good to bicycles. With department and hardware stores discounting prices as they compete for market share, it is usually much cheaper to buy a new bicycle than to repair a used one. Labour costs drive up the cost of repairs quickly. Add to that the “busy-ness” of our modern lifestyles and the little value that we place on personally maintaining the “stuff” that we acquire. As a result, an untold number of bikes end up going to landfills in North America. It all adds up to a tremendous loss of energy and potential. These are some that I rescued in the fall of 2012 – twenty new owners were happy to be riding their “new-to-them” bicycles.
Rescued Fall 2012