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Make: Bicycle Projects by John Baichtal

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Chapter 1. Bike 101

Bicycles are big. Most of us grew up with them and learned to ride as children. There are an estimated 1 billion bikes on the planet.

A good chunk of that billion seems to reside in my garage.

That’s kind of the joke about bikes, right? You always seem to collect old and busted ones, which end up clogging your storage space until they get donated, sold, or thrown out en masse. This is especially true about kids’ bikes, which are much cheaper and easier to replace than adult models, and consequently accumulate faster. It’s less money to buy a new sweatshop-made kid’s bike (like the one pictured in Figure 1-1) than it is to get that bike’s wheel repaired in a bike shop. Between the cost of labor and parts, why not just buy ...

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