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the girl with the tireless bike

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  1. ALEXIS_DH Tirelessly Awesome

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    the other day, a few guys were riding their bikes in the andes.
    As they rode the singletrack, they noticed somebody else was riding the trail. they got closer, and they noticed it was a girl, 12 or 13 years old.

    she is a local girl, whose family lives from subsistance farming and herding in the andes. she says she rides her bike often, but living so far from the city (3-4hr walk) she does not have access, nor money for spares. still, she likes to ride her bike, and has kept riding the bike until, literally, the tires fell off.

    its quite sobering, as we usually spend endless shuttle-hours arguing where saints are better than codes, or whether the ccdb upgrade is worth the money. this little girl keeps it real, going on joy rides on her bike.





    obviously, one cannot remain untouched after seeing this pictures. we have made a small pool of money to buy her a new bike.
    hopefully it will be delivered next week. the tricky part, is that she lives in the highlands, and it takes about 5-6 hours to get there from Lima. her village is not accessible by road, so there will be some porting involved.
    We are working on the logistics, and how to take the bike with us next time he hit the highlands.
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  2. CrabJoe StretchPants Reincarnated Crab Walking Head Spinning Bruce Dick

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  3. eaterofdog ass grabber

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    That's awesome. Best post in ages.
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  4. dante Unabomber

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    Agree 100%. Pos rep coming your way!
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  5. binary visions The voice of reason

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    So much awesome in this post, good on you guys/gals.
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  7. ICEBALL585 Bacontard

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    Wow dude, thats too damn cool! :thumb:
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  8. Ciaran Fear my banana

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    Best post on here in ages. :thumb:

    Makes me feel like a bit of a heel for whining about needing new stuff for my bike.
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  9. AngryMetalsmith Business is good, thanks for asking

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    Nice work. Keep us updated on the new bike, ect.

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  11. kazlx Patches O'Houlihan

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    That's rad.
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  12. -BB- I broke all the rules, but somehow still became mo

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    First of all, that is awesome. Kudo's..

    So this bike you are getting her, I hope you are getting her one that is more functional/durable than it is "nice" (ie, something that doesn't place a higher value on weight vs things that will LAST.) One that is simple to wrench on... Single speed, nice strong chain, thick hard tires that won't wear out etc.
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  13. ALEXIS_DH Tirelessly Awesome

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    thats the idea.
    we will put stans on the tubes, and give her a small pump. hopefully she wont puncture in a long time.

    we will tell her, if she has any problems, to stop anybody with a bike for help. am pretty sure most bikers will gladly help her out if she has any problems in the future.
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  14. eaterofdog ass grabber

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    Did you bring tires and grips for the current bike? I'm sure another kid would love to have it.
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  15. ALEXIS_DH Tirelessly Awesome

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    not yet. delivery is scheduled for next week.
    we will try to work something out for the current bike
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  16. johnbryanpeters Hero

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    Absolutely excellent. A tip of the hat to you and your friends!
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  17. DirtMcGirk <b>WAY</b> Dumber than N8 (to the power of ten alm

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    That's pretty ****ing awesome. Good on ya.
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  18. 4130biker Active Member

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    ...and maybe some sandpaper to smooth those rims up if you want new tires on the old bike. So rad- thanks for posting!
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  19. CBJ Active Member

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    Amazing story made my day.
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  20. DirtMcGirk <b>WAY</b> Dumber than N8 (to the power of ten alm

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    This almost makes me want to go out and do something good for humanity.










    you'll notice I only said almost...
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  21. Rip Mr. Excitement

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    Bravo.
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  22. Da Peach Outwitted by a rodent

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    Did Drunken Ninja teach you nothing????
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  23. DirtyMike Turbo Fluffer

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    I have a suggestion, instead of tubes, why not get those solid rubber things you find all over. They are heavier but they never go flat..... Seems like a good idea for her.
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  24. Westy the teste

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    Wouldn't it be easier to get her a couch and internet access?

    In all seriousness, Chapeau.
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  25. JohnE filthy rascist

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    So very cool...nothing I can say that hasnt already been said. So I give you...:banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana: :banana::banana::banana::banana::banana: and a :pirate:
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  26. mellephants New Member

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    Bravo! This post is so good, I joined your forum.

    Also I need to start using my MTB for more than a kid trailer tow vehicle
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  27. splat Nam I am

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    WOW , This is amazing , !
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    ****in awesome...
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  30. maddog17 Active Member

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    great job!!
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    You should also give her a bunch of extra tubes... Good work, guys!! This is really cool!
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    You should write to Specialized or one of the other big companies and get them to send her the whole thing. They could use it for some great advertising.
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    Very cool! Can I have her old bike?
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  34. Ciaran Fear my banana

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    That's a good idea.
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    I just tweeted them lets see if they see the magic and I send an mail to one of the marketing managers.
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    I think she'd be fine with a pump & patch kit with maybe two spare tubes. My daughters are riding 16" & 20" bikes that are over 5 years old w/ original tubes/tires.
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  38. binary visions The voice of reason

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    Bump for awesomeness.

    If you get pictures of the new bike or the delivery to the girl, be sure to update the thread!
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  39. Pesqueeb bicycle in airplane hangar

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    Guess I missed this thread when I was in Arizona, but, +rep to you sir. You'll be putting away some Karma points for that. :thumb:
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