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January 25, 2006


Originally uploaded by se71.
This is, quite literally, a free cycle.

I joined a local group in the http://www.freecycle.org community. I really needed a cheap bike for popping to the shops on after my mountain bike got stolen last year, and when one turned up on the list I grabbed it.

I drove over to Staines last Thursday night and picked up this free bicycle. Freecycle is like ebay but no money changes hands - it's a place to get rid of unwanted things - someone else always wants your old stuff. It's not just for bikes of course, anything goes pretty much.

My new bike was covered in dust and cobwebs, had a wonky saddle and flat tyres, but a wet rag, a wrench and a pump fixed all those problems in 5 minutes flat!

It's great, it has mudguards, a rack for bags or packages, a stand, and the breaks even work.


Update: Took my new bike to the local library for a trip, and also got a paper from the newsagents. Got there so quickly, I made a detour on the way back do I'd get a bit more pedalling time :-)

Posted by se71 at January 25, 2006 01:49 PM


Great bike. What an environmentally sound idea (though a foreign concept to so many--to actually recycle--no pun intended--instead of throw away).

By the way, I've tagged you for a game where you're supposed to post ten interesting things about yourself. I've read your 43 things list and you sound like you've got quite an interesting life, so I thought you'd like to share more? If not, I understand!

Posted by: Cate [TypeKey Profile Page] at January 28, 2006 06:34 PM

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