dumpster find of the week: trash bikes

This week’s dumpster find of the week is from a British fellow who works as an X-ray tech by day, but says that his true calling is “shade tree engineer.” His dumpster find comes from the trash of Virginia:

Here’s what he said about the picture: “Intrigued by your post about the tall bike, I hatched a plan to make one. Very cheaply. So these bikes were trash, found in a dumpster (admittedly not all in the same one). I was amazed how many dumpsters had bikes in them. My wife asked me to stop after bike number nine. 2 or 3 will be in the tall bike, the rest I’ll give away after a good clean and a squirt of oil.” His motto, he says, is “I can make that. Sure I could buy one, but where’s the fun in that?”

Dumpstered bikes are a double bonus. Not only can you avoid the whole money economy by getting them for free, you can then avoid the fossil-fuel industry when you ride them instead of taking the car.

Submissions for “dumpster find of the week”

I’m always looking for more submissions for dumpster show and tell. If you’ve got some sweet dumpster booty you’d like to share, then take some pictures and send ‘em to nicolettekyle (at) yahoo (dot) com with some words about where and how you found the stuff in the picture and what you’re going to do with it. And for safety’s sake, better put “dumpster find of the week” in the subject line.

Tell me a little bit about yourself if you’d like (I’ll keep things as anonymous or blatant as you indicate I should). Tell me about your first time diving, your favorite dumpster, or anything else that seems appropriate at the time. I’ll take your emails and your photos and turn them into a blog post that will show up here, one each Wednesday until one of us stops caring.

Submitting your photos and words to me indicates that you have legal rights to said pictures and words, and that you are giving me legal permission to post your pictures and quote your words on Click Clack Gorilla. If you don’t hear back from me within a week, it means the internet ate your mail and you should try again.

So in the words of the esteemed Dolly Freed: “It’s feasible. It’s easy. It can be done. It should be done. Do it.” Even if we all live too far apart to share our dumpster finds with each other, we can at least ogle each other’s pictures on the internet.

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Wednesday January 26th 2011, 7:30 am 3 Comments
Filed under: conspiracies,dumpster diving,dumpster finds,freegan

3 Comments so far. Please leave a comment.

Oh I have major dumpster envy. There’s never a bike in one around here.

Comment by Lisa 01.26.11 @ 8:27 pm

Well I don’t know where you live, but in the big university trash corral here there are always tons of bikes. Around here, too, the city will put a yellow sticker on bikes that have been chained up somewhere too long. Then they wait a couple of months and come back, pile them all in a truck, and auction them off. If you keep your eyes peeled, you can usually find one that is obviously not going to get picked up before the city gets to it and liberate it yourself beforehand. Wa-la, sort-of dumpstered bike. :)

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