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Continued: Rosenblum: Have an extra bike? Give it away Saturday

  • Article by: GAIL ROSENBLUM , Star Tribune
  • Last update: October 10, 2013 - 10:35 AM

Free Bikes 4 Kidz requests that bikes be new or gently used. That means resisting the urge to drop off an unridable hunk of metal and mangled wheels. “We never say this out loud,” Esau said, “but, really, are you just cleaning out your garage?”

Most of the donated bikes are just fine, though. Huffys, Magnas, Esau doesn’t mind that they’re typically Big Box born. “They’re not great quality bikes like you’d get at a bike shop, but our goal is … you know … a kid just wants a bicycle.”

Those that can’t be fixed are recycled, down to the rubber. “It’s better than throwing it into the garbage,” he said.

C.J. Lunning is eager to get her donation dropped off on Saturday. Since August, Lunning, who works in information services at Allina, has been stopping at garage sales buying bikes for $5 and $10. She’s collected 85 bikes, everything from 21-speeds to trikes with training wheels.

“I love garage-sale-ing, but I have more than enough stuff,” said Lunning, of Spring Park. “I explain what I’m doing and why I’m doing it. They either come down on their price or sometimes say, just take ’em.”

Esau said it’s “cool when someone gets that excited. And I’m sure she’s eager to get them out of her garage.”

(Gently used children’s tricycles and bikes, and adult bikes, can be dropped off Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at any Allina Health location. For locations, go here.

gail.rosenblum@startribune.com 612-673-7350

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