Thrifty Thursday: How Do I Recycle An Old Bicycle? November 24, 2011 By Karen Andrews 9 Comments Hello! You are welcome to subscribe to my updates for free. Happy reading! This is Adam’s still very serviceable mountain bike. He rides into the city several times a week and upgraded to a hybrid a while ago. This is because once he stuck to the bike paths (which Melbourne is famous for, and one of the reasons I truly adore it), but now goes on the roads because it’s quicker. The hybrid is better for speed, but he also got it so it could take the occasional bit of rough terrain. He wants a pure road bike to help when he does his 24 hour charity rides. We’ve debated whether to put it up on eBay. For how much, I’m not sure. And besides, I find eBay to be a bit of a pain when it comes to selling. Call me lazy, maybe. So what can we do with it, other than have it collect dust in the garage? Donate it to these worthy causes: Bikes4Life “are trying to raise as many bicycles as we can to send to the most isolated, vulnerable and war-ravaged districts in Northern Uganda (Gulu, Pader and Kitgum) who have been affected by a brutal 22 year long war and neglected by the outside world.” (Quoted from website) Bicycles for Humanity are doing similar work: “Bicycles For Humanity is a world wide, grass roots, volunteer run organisation focused on simple, sustainable empowerment in the developing world.” Their primary focus these past years has been Namibia and now Zambia. They have chapters in Sydney and Perth, but also have drop off points in Canberra and the Southern Highlands. Based in Byron Bay (and bike donations accepted at Bangalow), Australian Goodwill Bicycles “have collected, repaired and sent over 10,000 bikes to various developing countries including Ghana, East Timor, the Solomon Islands, Kingdom of Tonga and Nauru. We also provide support for remote Australian Indigenous communities.” (Quoted from website.) The Bike Shed at CERES also accepts donations. It is an on-site volunteer group set up for those who wish to learn how to repair their own bikes. Here is a more detailed breakdown of places that accept bike donations across the states. So if you have an old bike, or you’ve ended up with one and you don’t know what to do with it, there’s some ideas. Think of all the help it could give. If you are participating in NaBloPoMo leave your name and link URL for the day in Mr Linky. If you’ve blogged about your NaNoWriMo or PiBoIdMo experiences you are welcome to leave your link as well. Please only use the Linky for these reasons and a link back here would be appreciated. I’m supporting Movember this month. Here is my fundraiser page. Karen AndrewsKaren Andrews is the creator of Miscellaneous Mum. This is one of the most established and well-respected parenting blogs in the country and is a two-time finalist in the Best Australian Blogs competition. She is also an author, award-winning writer, poet, editor and publisher at Miscellaneous Press. Is an exercise junkie (when she finds the time). « Top 5 Books for Christmas 2011 – Children’s Picture BooksThanksgiving Through the Eyes of a 7 Year Old Australian Girl »Comments Kathy says November 24, 2011 at 11:25 am This is a great idea. I have two kids’ bikes that are superfluous here, I’ll have to investigate if they take children’s machines too. Kathy recently posted..Reading Notes: RIP Anne McCaffrey Reply Karen says November 25, 2011 at 9:42 am You read my mind – was going to investigate that also! Reply Shelly says November 24, 2011 at 8:16 pm That’s a good idea. I have a mountain bike, heavy old thing, taking up space on the balcony and I never use it. I should drop it off at one of these places. Reply Karen says November 25, 2011 at 9:42 am Glad you like the idea, Shelly Reply Catherine says November 24, 2011 at 9:17 pm I had an old granny’s bike leaning on my garage wall, until a bike freak friend of mine decided he had spotted a historical goldmine! It is now about to be restored to its former glory for my bumbling rides throught the summer cornfields. Lovely site! ciao catherine Reply Karen says November 25, 2011 at 9:41 am That sounds lovely Catherine – I’d love to see a picture once it’s restored/revamped! Reply Dad Blog Tork says November 25, 2011 at 12:03 am I don’t know what you’d do with it. wouldnt be worth going on ebay.. give to family or friends? or run a give-away on your blog Dad Blog Tork recently posted..15 Gift Ideas For Dad This Xmas Reply Karen says November 25, 2011 at 9:41 am I’m not too sure anyone would enter an old bike giveaway Tork, much as I’d like to hope they might! Reply abegail says November 25, 2011 at 1:01 am I think i should bring to the shop and recycle again..Thanks for sharing some good idea because it has an old bicycle on our house.. abegail recently posted..murano glass Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Name * Email * Website Comment You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong> Notify me of followup comments via e-mail. You can also subscribe without commenting.