Repair CostsOld bicycle is something many people are unfamiliar with. Furthermore, most people don’t know when a bike is simply out of life. Of course, being a simple machine, just about any bike can be a candidate for repair. But, this isn’t always the case. There are some instances when it’s just too expensive or doesn’t make any sense.
If you are an individual with a bicycle or two, or bicycle parts and accessories to donate for repair, reuse and recycling, it is usually most practical and cost-effective to donate them to a local program. In some areas you have a choice of directing your bike to an organization that will use it internationally or to a domestic program. —iBike.orgThen, there’s the matter of age. If a bike is 10 years old or more, finding replacement parts is a huge, gigantic, colossal challenge. If the frame is damaged, it’s usually not cost-effective to have it repaired. Plus, if some key parts are seized up, that too is usually a case for scrap. Also, if the bike is blemished with a good amount of rust, it’s probably best to move onto a new model.
Bike Disposal Options in Cape CoralFor bikes that are ten years old or older, you can strip off everything and sell the metal for scrap. (That is, if there’s no rust or corrosion.) But, that’s a tall order for anyone because it involves a whole lot of work. So, here are a few more bike disposal options:
- Sell it. If it’s still in good, working condition, you can sell it or sell it to a local shop for parts. A local bike shop might well be able to give it a little TLC and sell it off. Or, sell it directly with a local, online ad.
- Junk it. Now, if it’s in bad condition, then you’ll need to go another route. One good solution is to lump it together with a bunch of other unwanted stuff and just junk it all at one time.
- Repair it. If the bike is still usable and just needs a bit of work, you could try to repair it yourself. But, this might require specialized skills to pull off.
- Donate it. Another option is to donate it, if it’s relatively new and in fairly good condition. A local church or other charity might accept it as a donation.