We explain that department store bikes are not intended to be repaired but replaced. And so it makes it difficult for people who are new to fixing bikes to work on or build up. Most people understand. Also, a lot of people are just trying to get rid of their junk and we were the easiest way. But we are still always as polite as possible.
On Mon, Jul 18, 2011 at 1:48 PM, Brian (SLO Bike Kitchen) < email@example.com> wrote:
We have a very limited size space, so usually just explain that we simply don't have space, blah blah, <insert comment about the sheer number of mountain bikes we get>. People often ask if they can bring us stuff, and often we are able to explain that we'd prefer to be a little selective about what we take - they are usually understanding. You can offer suggestions on where they can take the bike if you don't want it.
We're a little more sensitive to the situation when someone has clearly gone out of their way to deliver it to us. Then we might give it away, strip it, sell it for $10 as-is, etc...
Brian SLO Bike Kitchen San Luis Obispo, CA www.slobikekitchen.org
On Mon, Jul 18, 2011 at 13:04, Boson Au firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
how do I nicely tell the kind folks that we really can't use their pickup truck full of rusty magnas without sounding like a snob?
Boson Au 2818 st paul st. apt 1F Baltimore, MD 21218 443-286-8494 http://velocipedebikeproject.org
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