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Bikes for the World donations / dumpster finds


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RL Paulie

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I've been volunteering for this organization since 2007 and I'm so amazed at the stuff that people are still throwing in the trash. I went through a couple old hard drives last night and pulled out a few notable pictures of bikes that we saved from being sent to Africa, South/Central America or Asia. Before I got involved finds like these were being shipped to third world regions. All of these bikes have either been donated or we pulled them from a landfill transfer station metal scrap pile in Maryland. I hope you enjoy...

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First load of bikes delivered from a national bike trade in event done in conjunction with Dick's sporting goods. 5000 bikes were donated by Dick's. Amazingly, no decent bmx stuff made it to us. I think somebody got to the stash before us and did some cherry picking.
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We also got a lot of donations from bike shops and took all the leftovers from an old abandoned shop in MD. I'll mix in some pics of what we found in the lot.

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Thruster Timmy Judge with Haro group one parts:
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Copyright 1979:
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Bike shop repair order is attached to the spokes to repair the hub. Work was never done and apparently the owner abandoned the wheel:
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That's all I have time for now. I have a ton more pics. If you're interested I'll post them...

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Maybe just a few more...
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so wait, these were all finds that popped up before you worked there? what happens now if you find a nice bike?? :)

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No... These are what I helped pull since 2007. There are a lot more as well. Prior to me getting involved the organizers didn't bat an eyelash at an old bmx bike. They use kids bikes as filler in the shipping containers.
I showed them what to look for and set anything interesting aside so that I can inspect. I then take the good ones and sell them to help fund the charity.

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very cool!

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Incredible. They say that one man's trash is another man's treasure but that's just nuts. The old owners would sure kick themselves if they knew the value of the stuff they were throwing away. That red Goose is just amazing. A worthy entry into the BOTY survivor category.

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That red goose and the other two above and below it are some of the first few bikes that I saved in early 2007. At the time I was giving "bro deals" to guys on Vintage. I think those 3 went for $100 each and BftW was happy to get that much for them. I later learned that at least one of them was flipped almost immediately so I stopped the practice unfortunately. I now try to get as much as I reasonably can for them.

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That red goose and the other two above and below it are some of the first few bikes that I saved in early 2007. At the time I was giving "bro deals" to guys on Vintage. I think those 3 went for $100 each and BftW was happy to get that much for them. I later learned that at least one of them was flipped almost immediately so I stopped the practice unfortunately. I now try to get as much as I reasonably can for them.



As you should. I have no problem flipping a bike from outside the hobby (thrift stores, garage sales, etc), but taking advantage of a fellow collector is just wrong.

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Turbo pulled from a scrap metal heap:
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I love the perfect color match of the horn... and the tassles, lol.
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Giant frame is exactly the same as old predator frames (researching this one led me to discover that Giant Bikes actually made all those predators bitd):
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Who knew Blue Max had an F1 bike?
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Another Blue Max. This thing was absolutely gorgeous! Freewheel motomags. When I posted a pic on vintage a few years ago I immediately got a pm offer of $500. I talked to Keith (the BftW director) and told him it would probably go for more on ebay. Stupid mistake. It went for $350 and a week later I saw the wheels listed on museum for more than the whole bike sold for. ugh! Live and learn. ebay isn't always the best route to take.
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I loved this pit!
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More bike shop goodies:
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This had a perfect set of red Race Inc. bars on it with a suntour stem which were sold separately. Unfortunately I can't seem to find a pic of it complete...
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Pretty sure that suspension bike in the back went to Monster-Robot. What is it?
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Boss:
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a Lavender Turbo??

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a Lavender Turbo??

Crazy right? That bike through me for a loop initially because the paint job was perfect. Kid obviously had it painted professionally and started to "freestyle" it out with the white tires etc.
I'm not going to "out" him as I don't know if he finished the restoration or not, but a guy most you folk would recognize bought that bike.

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Pretty sure that suspension bike in the back went to Monster-Robot. What is it?


It's a Roadway. I've cleaned it up just a little since the picture but it's in the queue for a full refresh and some correction. I also got a Kent KMX-750 full suspension bike from you in about 2005. It's been bumped to the back of the queue several times...guess I need to get it done.

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Thanks again Paul!

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Wow!!! A lot of those bikes are amazing finds. I wouldn't mind owning a few of them to restore. Quite a few Mongoose bikes. And, that Hutch. All of these were thrown away or donated??? I wonder how many of those bikes were stolen BITD. Thanks for showing us those photos. Would really like to see some more when you have the time. Again, I might not want to ... LOL

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So..........You Keep The Goods And Send Them The Trash!!! WOW!!!Your More DIRTY Than Me! :naughty:

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The only thing I kept is the white Redline RL-20II from these pictures. I paid $300 for it before I became involved in a larger capacity. I spend a lot of my time advertising the bikes for sale and also help out with collection events, processing bikes and loading tractor trailer containers. Honestly I'm just happy to be involved and just to have so much cool stuff cross pass through my hands.

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Pretty sure that suspension bike in the back went to Monster-Robot. What is it?


It's a Roadway. I've cleaned it up just a little since the picture but it's in the queue for a full refresh and some correction. I also got a Kent KMX-750 full suspension bike from you in about 2005. It's been bumped to the back of the queue several times...guess I need to get it done.

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Thanks again Paul!

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Haha. I remember that KMX but it wasn't a BftW bike. That one came from my old "bike hoarder guy" hookup. He asked me if I wanted it, I told him no but that I could probably find someone who would be interested in it. That guy is now hip to the OS BMX scene and doesn't let them go so cheaply any more. Do you remember what you paid for it back then?

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It's cool to see all the variety you've been able to salvage. Looks like you get a lot of parts too, eh? Do you guys just try to piece bikes together out of the parts? Do you get all bikes in working order before shipping them overseas?

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No, we don't necessarily get bikes in working order, but we try to make sure all the parts are there. That's the beauty of it. The overseas partners get to train and employ bike mechanics on the receiving end. BftW does receive a lot of new bike and parts donations from bike shops and other organizations. Extra parts like tires, tubes, spare wheels, etc. are thrown in to fill the spaces in between bikes. We try to get those containers packed as tightly as possible to minimize shifting on the long boat rides. Race Pace Bicycles in Westminster MD just purchased and donated 10 brand new Kona bikes to be included in shipment headed for Kenya. Close to 73,000 bikes have been shipped since BftW started around 2005.
http://www.bikesfortheworld.org

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I almost forgot I took this video of the storage warehouse (purgatory) last May...



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Wow, the blue Schwinn Mag Scrambler was my first Bmx. That is the first one I have seen that was the same color scheme as the one I had. Thanks for posting. That has brought back some good memories.

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