Putting the "cycle" in Recycle
Monday, November 14, 2011 • 8:49pm
Ever since I've started to write about antiques, garage sales and flea market finds, I've met several interesting people. The person I'd like to feature in my post today is a guy named Charlie who is a whiz at fixing bikes. Seriously, he can take a beaten up, broken, abused bicycle and turn it into a beautiful ride. He fixes bikes on the side right now, but in my opinion I think he should start a business specializing in used and reconditioned bicycles.
I've had a few bikes of my own that were fixed by Charlie and I even found him a few that he could fix up and paint to give the bike a new life.
Many people throw perfectly good bikes away because they think they are broken or have just gotten tired of them. Bicycles are generally made of easily recycled materials. Often bicycle parts, such as the tires, wheels and rims, chain, handlebar or seat, are still in good enough condition to be removed from the bike and used on a different bicycle in need of the same make and model components.
Charlie can take these different bicycle parts and match them to a bike he knows needs them. His speciality is jazzing up BMX bikes, but he knows his way around mountain bikes to ten speeds.
Jennifer Goldberg has been an editor and writer for over 15 years. She is currently creator and writer for The Cultured Bohemian: Garage Sale Glee blog. She also hosts a local cable program based on the blog for Hometowne Televison. Jennifer is a former Online Travel and Lifestyle Editor for Nielsen Business Media and has contributed to many other newspapers, magazines and web sites. A member of the National Association for Travel Journalists, she holds a B.A. in Journalism from Rutgers University.
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