This is a photo from today's Winnipeg Sun (Brian Donogh is the photographer, according to the print version). A smallish pile of some of the hundreds of bikes that are dropped off here every year. Many of them perfectly ridable and about 4000 of them have been refurbished (by whom? I wish the article said) and given to inner city kids.
I've made these points before and for the most part I am preaching to the converted:
1. Don't buy cheap bikes. You won't ride them.
2. Give them away if you have to but don't let them end up here.