This afternoon The Geek and I went to a party at the dump. Not exactly a place most people choose to have a party, but WRENCH decided it was a good way to restock community bike shops. We were there as a part of SkullSpaces pre-August Hack-a-thon.
The City of Winnipeg has a compound at Brady Landfill where people are encouraged to drop of unwanted bicycles. The community bike shops benefit as well as The Winding River Therapeutic Community addictions treatment program in Headingley. The corrections officers at the center were trained in bike building and repair and the treatment participants build bikes as part of their therapy.
At any rate, this is the scene when we arrived this morning; hundreds of bikes!
Various vintages, styles, sizes, and states of repair.
Bikes needing very little in terms of repair (and there were a great many of them) were taken as is.
Today was one of the first hot days we've had this year -the shade provided by the tents was absolutely necessary.
And the pile of frames stripped of usable parts waiting for the metal recyclers.
We also found, lost in the rows of bicycles, this elderly Raleigh. Most Winnipeggers seem to have little fondness for vintage bicycles, so we rescued it before it was stripped down for parts. It was likely in perfect condition when it was dropped off -even the tires held air when The Geek pumped them up.
The test drive went well.
Another frame came home with us as well.
If you live in Winnipeg and you have some spare time, you may want to consider volunteering at one of these shops.