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    Where can I DONATE bicycle parts?

    Hey all!

    I'm doing some garage cleaning and have a whole bunch of frames that i'm trying to unload (don't worry, i'm not trying to spam here) and I also have a few wheelsets. The frames i'm trying to see if I can sell locally, but the wheels ..... I don't see anyone spending money to buy an STX-RC wheelset or the likes.

    Anyway, I have two thoughts - one is to make ONE bike from parts and donate it to a worthy cause (no, no one here, but thanks for trying!) and donate the rest of the parts locally, or just donate everything (given whatever frames don't sell).

    Problem is ..... WHERE do I donate this type of stuff to? I'm not about to list stuff for free so that any Joe/shmo can come by and turn a profit on my stuff. I want to be able to transfer the posession of this stuff to someone(s) that will do GOOD with this stuff, and I mean genuine, honest good. Not this "it'll do good to put the money in my pocket for beer" ****. I mean someone or an ogranization who gives a **** and wants to HELP people. If I eventually have to give my stuff away then I at least want it going somewhere worthy.

    Heck, I haven't done inventory in a while, so I might even be able to make a couple of inexpensive "beaters" and give those away (again, to a WORTHY cause). I don't know, too busy cleaning to take inventory of parts now.

    Let me know what you got folks.

    Thanks!
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    Most university campuses have some sort of bicycle maintenance program to encourage cycling for poor students. A quick search found me this:

    Downtown campus bike repairs
    http://www.sustainability.utoronto.c...cts/bikechain/

    Scarborough campus bike share
    http://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/~bike/Projects.html

    Mississauga campus bike repair
    http://www.utm.utoronto.ca/3322.0.html

    Mississauga campus bike share
    http://www.utm.utoronto.ca/bikeshare/

    Great way to clear out the garage!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrewTO
    ...WHERE do I donate this type of stuff to?
    Hey Andrew,

    You should check out Community Bicycle Network (www.communitybicyclenetwork.org).

    CBN is a community-based bicycle organization with the goal of promoting and stimulating healthy, active, and neighbourhood-friendly sustainable transportation initiatives within the City of Toronto.

    You can reach them at:

    101-761 Queen Street West
    Toronto, ON M6J 1G1

    Ph: (416) 504 2918
    Fax: (416) 504 0068

    Best of luck with finding a new home for your bike parts!

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    check with the police and fire dept.

    the ones in Collingwood, Stayner, and Elmvale have an annual drive where they collect bikes for kids whose parents can't afford them...Tiny Township FD usually gives out a few hundred very year

    perhaps there's something similar in Toronto

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrewTO
    Problem is ..... WHERE do I donate this type of stuff to?
    There's a place called Bike Pirates on Bathurst which takes donated parts and helps people rebuild them. They are located just south of College St.
    I dropped some parts off to them last year and they seemed to be pretty cool.
    The web site is http://bikepirates.com/

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    Well as it turns out i'm only a couple of parts away from two bikes, so i'm going to see if I can scrounge something up. If I can put 2 together then that would be pretty cool. The rest of the parts can go to good homes.

    Thanks for all the suggestions everyone.
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    Bicycles Crossing Borders-Bicicletas Cruzando Fronteras is a Toronto organization associated with the Community Bicycle Network that ships donated bicycles and parts to Cuba. They have also trained Cuban women and assisted them to open bicycle shop(s?) in Cuba. Phone Nani Reddy at Ryerson (416) 979-5055 ext. 2

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