With the thousands of bikes our customers have donated, it's hard to keep track of where each one ends up. Lucky for us, Rob Carle at Bicycle Recycle in Botswana spotted a few bikes from an older post and updated us on what these rides are up to. You may remember these two showing up at our warehouse in San Rafael back on that rainy day in May 2011:
Well, they're certainly being used today! Rob explains what these bikes are up to in Africa:
"The blue Cannondale from the photo was actually used in the Tour Ya Botswana, a 1000km road ride from Kasane to Gaborone. The bike was used as an emergency / back up bike should any participant have a mechanical problem. At least three people were able to complete the Tour by using this bike. We swapped out the bars and created a great cruising road commuter.
The Lemond was restored by myself, and is being used by one of the top riders in the Gaborone Cycling Club development team. It's a really great bike."
Who would have thought that these bikes would be ridden hundreds of miles by several individuals throughout the continent of Africa? It sure is amazing what humanity can achieve when we all come together with support for the same belief. Bikes can (and will) have an impact half a world away if we contribute what we are able to, be that a 10-year-old bike that's been forgotten in the garage or a bag of components that never made it to a bike swap. Let's keep 'em coming and keep giving folks in Africa the opportunity to ride!