The Bike Project of Urbana-Champaign has the same issue every year. We partner with Working Bikes out of Chicago. They collect bikes and package them in shipping containers for shipment to places that have programs setup to repair and distribute the bikes in South America and I think Africa as well.
This April they actually came to us with a shipping container and helped us send 420 bikes to Le Salvador directly from our warehouse.
You would have to ask, but I think they would be willing to pick the bikes up. I have placed a link to their site below.
Keep'n it greasy since '87, James Roedl Manager Campus Bike Center Staffer/Volunteer The Bike Project
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This is kind of a long shot, since this listserv is national. Cycles for Change in St. Paul, MN is kind of overloaded with bikes. If any community bike shops were looking for bikes, we could easily give you 10, 25, 50, 100, or potentially more (we will likely have as many as 200 that we're trying to get rid of). We're 2 talking 10-speeds, 26" mountain bikes, 3-speeds, some4" mountain bikes. Nothing super fancy - lots of Murrey, Magna, Schwinn, Huffy, etc. All in decent to good condition - we've junked the magnas with broken shifters and wrecked wheels, so all the bikes available are reasonably fixable. But we have mostly pulled out the Specialized Hard Rock or Raleigh Olympian quality mountain or road bikes for use in other of our programs, so there's nothing super high quality.
Anyways. If there's anyone working on a bike project in or around the Twin Cities, or another bike project within a reasonable truck rental distance - we'd be happy to provide bikes. We would even potentially contribute 25-50% of the cost of a truck rental for an organization who wants these bikes - we're at the point where they'll end up being scrapped, and they're definitely usable bikes. We'd love to help them find a good home.
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