Recycle Bicycles

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A few months ago I put out the word that I was in need of a free used bike (me and everyone else in the world, right?). I needed it for the gentleman who occasionally does maintenance jobs around my building. He’s an older man who had a stroke several years ago, and the only way he can get around is by bike. Well, back in September he passed out while riding his bike.

While lying on the sidewalk unconscious, rather than help him, someone stole his bike.

So now he had no way to get around.

Luckily, Recycle Bicycles came through and got me a free bike, a lock, and a light. No fees, no questions asked. “That’s just what we do,” said Bruce from the organization.

Well fuckin’ A. That’s just what they do.

Not all of us have a bike to donate, but if you want to throw a bit of cash their way, December is the month to do it because Bicycle Village will match your donation. Go into any Bicycle Village, or give them a call if you’re not local.

A simple explanation from our friend Brit:

People can go into any BV to donate, and Bicycle Village will donate $0.50 on the $1.00, up to $100/transaction (half of whatever you give). It is a 501c3 and a tax-deductible donation.

Bruce Lein (the director of this essentially one-man organization) works to help people through out the front range (children, men, women, etc.) who are in need of a bike, particularly if it is their sole means of transportation. Each bike is accompanied by lock and helmet if needed.

Make it your Christmas giving. Show ’em what the DC community’s all about (besides bikes, boobs, and beer…even better: get drunk and then donate. It’s like a fun game to see what happens to your bank account the next day).

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About D2

I am a writer and a photographer. I never killed a man in Reno, but I once rode a bike through a casino in Vegas. Bikes are cool, huevos rancheros are for breakfast, whiskey is for dinner. Denver, Colorado, USA

5 Replies to “Recycle Bicycles”

  1. Cool site. And the mother who stole that man’s bike is going to be getting some shit thrown his way! I stole a bike (long time ago) off the front porch of someone’s house. Got hit by a car right in front of my house on that very bike. Learned my lesson the hard way. Know better now. Good luck on your endeavors. Have good friend, Andy Logan, that does nothing but rides bikes. AT least, it looks like that on here! Have fun. Peace & Love

  2. Did they raise enough to get him a bike? I just read this. People are horrible. Stealing a guys bike when he’s on the ground. JEEZ!

  3. I think you guys are in Colorado right? I am planning to start a Community bikes shop/bar/yoga studio possibly next year. Anyone know any good locations? I am working on the business plan now. I am former president of the SLCBC if you know it. 501c3 bike collective in Salt Lake City.