I'm in favour of dumpster diving..


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Brutuskend

I live for the CABE
Apr 3, 2011
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Eugene / Springfield Oregon
#1
So our shop shares a dumpster area with a restaurant or two and sometimes I come across goodies. Today, a prefect Oxicilix Acid parts cleaner bucket.
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Just the right size to take a complete rusty saddle. And a screen thingy to keep the small parts from sinking to the bottom.
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highship

Finally riding a big boys bike
Feb 1, 2012
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Northampton, United States
#3
That's cool. I'd drill a little hole in the middle of the screen and put a short piece of threaded rod in there, little handle to pull the screen out.
 
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1817cent

Finally riding a big boys bike
Oct 18, 2016
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Ellensburg Washington
#9
I knew a guy who was living in a garage several years back who basically lived on a shoestring and a prayer. One day i invited him to go to a bicycle club meeting with me as he was an avid rider.

When i picked up Tom, he had a plate of submarine sandwich sections to take to the meeting. I told Tom that that was nice of him but he didnt need to spend his limited resouces on that. He replied "thats ok, i got them in the dumpster at the Lucky Dollar and they only expired yesterday".

As far as i know, no one got sick..
 

OldSkipTooth

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Aug 6, 2015
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Sebastopol, United States
#10
My grandpa was a D-Day WWII vet who retired as an electrician in1978. Around that time he would go to Safeway and pick the day old stuff from the dumpster and come home and Eat like a King. I always admired him, he owned his home and cars outright and had a good savings, but he was happy to save a dollar by eating for free! I guess being around during the depression had an impact on people’s lives, people are too soft today.
 
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piercer_99

I live for the CABE
Dec 27, 2015
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Sanger, TX
#11
heck, 26 years ago when I was homeless on the streets of so. Cal, I did a lot of dumpster diving, food, clothing, shelter. Wasn't the best time of my life, but I learned a lot. Also got me to where I need to get to get sober and change everything. Lots of great food can be found, along with all kinds of good stuff.
 

PCHiggin

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Jan 22, 2008
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Ryderwood, United States
#13
No pic but 10 or so years ago,I found a 70's J C Penny touring bike, in perfect condition,with a rear disk brake in a dumpster in a driveway. Same kinda story,bike was bought for someone in their 50's for exercise,it was never used, the guy died and the family just wanted to clean out the place. I gave it to a neighborhood kid.
 

66TigerCat

I live for the CABE
Jul 12, 2009
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Newton, MA, United States
#14
Found this '85 RockHopper next to a metal recycling dumpster last Saturday at the recycling center. Most of the parts were toast but the frame and fork are in nice condition. I thought it was gray when I first saw it but realized that under the thick layer of dust and grime was really nice dark blue metallic paint. Tons of braze-ons and lots of tire clearance. Could be a super fun touring or bikepacking rig.
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piercer_99

I live for the CABE
Dec 27, 2015
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Sanger, TX
#15
Found this '85 RockHopper next to a metal recycling dumpster last Saturday at the recycling center. Most of the parts were toast but the frame and fork are in nice condition. I thought it was gray when I first saw it but realized that under the thick layer of dust and grime was really nice dark blue metallic paint. Tons of braze-ons and lots of tire clearance. Could be a super fun touring or bikepacking rig.
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my middle son has this same bike, it is his daily rider. A really fun bike to ride.
 
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DaGasMan

Look Ma, No Hands!
Apr 16, 2019
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Long Island
#16
Oh yeah, I’m a garbage picker. Got that 30 mph peripheral vision tuned to pick out minute details out of the neighborhood garbage piles as I’m cruising through. I love to repurpose things or just disassemble for materials. It’s rare for me to head straight to the hardware store when the streets got the goods and my “You never Know When You Might Need It“ box is full.
 

CURTIS L LINDGREN

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Dec 19, 2017
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Pacific Northwest , United States
#19
heck, 26 years ago when I was homeless on the streets of so. Cal, I did a lot of dumpster diving, food, clothing, shelter. Wasn't the best time of my life, but I learned a lot. Also got me to where I need to get to get sober and change everything. Lots of great food can be found, along with all kinds of good stuff.
Well my Friend , you have come a long way. Congratulations on your Sobriety. You have done well. Keep Strong , and inspire others ! :sunglasses:
 

bikesnbuses

Cruisin' on my Bluebird
Oct 10, 2006
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Southern Rhode Island
#20
NEVER pay for packing materials if you have a place like Pier 1 Imports by you! They throw out INSANE amounts of styrofoam sheets,pieces ,foam.bubble wrap. clear plastic bags..etc..Only drawback is ,sometimes theres broken glass in the bags..But sometimes they throw out older out of date?brand new items.They recycle the cardboard but nothing else..I have TONS of CLEAN packing material!..NOW,if I could sell some of my stuff and USE that stuff.;)
I do also get tons of stuff being given or thrown away..its really crazy sometimes what people consider "trash"...and of course..there always the opposite! :D:D:D
 

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