High School League Frankenbikes
Just had our first Cedarcrest team meeting this afternoon and the subject of getting bikes in every kid’s hands who wants to race came up. Some of us are pretty good at building our own bikes so functional pieces will work. Not too proud. Not sure on the possible 501c3 possibilities but I said I’d get the word out. There are teams all over the state if you would like to support your local one but if you’re on the east side I’d be more than happy to take parts and make sure we get a bike or two built that will be XC “race worthy” for another student. I know I have, tires, a wheelset, bars, stems, a deraiileur, seatposts, etc…
Thanks in advance...
In your position coaches and adult supporters empty out their take-offs pretty thoroughly. Make contact with your LOCAL clubs and racers. They will do wonders. You will hear, "I'm just glad that this stuff will get used.
In 2005 I put out the word for used stuff and built 10 bikes to the 25 lb LX/XT level with parts from all over the country, but mostly local.WE hit them hard with Simple Greens, totally re-lubed them, replaced all cables and housings and brake pads; it is the cheapest thing you can do to really effect quality and safety.
At the end of the season we sold them top the kids for $200, some to recover incidentals, some to make them "own" the bikes. By the end of the season they were in love with their "loaner" and were thrilled. The parents were pleased, too, and were far more willing to come forward than at the beginning of Johnny's latest flash in the pan.I know of one bike that is still in use; 9-speed, v-brakes, full XT. Bikes like these are enriched as new parts show up throughout the season. Over time they can get pretty nice.
When you ask for stuff make sure you ask for lightly used stuff in good condition otherwise you will get junk. In addition don't forget to ask for clothing, too. It is as important as the hardware; there is a reason real riders use it.
Go to your local bike shop and tell them what you are doing. Ask for their support. 15-20% discounts are not uncommon. Most bike shops have sense of the community they serve and will come forward. Some will allow you to use their shop as a drop-off place for donations.
Keep an eye on these bikes when they are first used to monitor performance and safety.
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