After retiring I was looking for something to do.
After seeing a bike set aside at my local dump, I decided to take it and fix it up. Later I discovered the second hand stores sold bikes for cheap during the winter, so I bought a few. I polished and fixed what needed repairing. I was selective with my finds to keep from hoarding, and to keep the repair cost and turn around time at a minimum. I sold a few last summer at our garage sale for cheap, but later decided to give them away to those in need. So far I've fixed up and given away about 20 bikes, distributing them between the local women's battered shelter, the local boys club and a few to homeless individuals. To me working on these bikes is very therapeutic, and rewarding, especially when I see the smile on the recipient's face.