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FINDING THE MIYATA ELEVATION 200

Bicycles by the hundreds, and perhaps thousands, show up at the local landfill site, better known as The Dump, each year in Thunder Bay.  Chances are, this situation manifests itself in a host of cities, and towns, across most of North American.  Perhaps the phenomenon is common in other parts of the world, but little mention of those situations are presentable here, since here has never had a chance to experience there.

Of those hundreds of discarded bicycles, pitched away annually in Thunder Bay. this near mint Miyata Elevation 200 mountain bicycle, was found there, sitting along side a near mint Specialized Hard Rock.  On their last intended journey, this time in the back of a pick-up truck, these old Mountain Bikes were destined for destruction.  In very short order, once disposed of at the Landfill Site, they would be crushed, before being sent on to the scrap metal dealer.  The bicycles would be lost forever.

That said, a wonderful volunteer organization, Bicycles for Humanity (B4H), had sprung up in Thunder Bay, several years prior to the discovery of the old Miyata.  With permission from the City of Thunder Bay and, even more importantly, the support of the landfill site work force, hundreds, even thousands, of bicycles have managed to avoid destruction, finding new homes locally and around the world.

Several years ago, Bicycles for Humanity erected a sigh at the Thunder Bay Solid Waste Recycling Facility, commonly referred to at The Dump.  Permission for the sign and bicycle salvage operation was first given unofficially.  With the passing of time, Landfill Site managers saw the incredible value offered through the Bicycles for Humanity bicycle salvage program.  With that in mind, the salvage operation became somewhat more formalized.

A Bicycles for Humanity sign was placed on site and two seed bicycles were place along with the sign.  The sign offers brief instruction, while the seed bicycles attract attention.  Since that sign has been installed, 1000+ bicycles have been salvaged before being destroyed.  And of those 1000+, most have found their way to far off Africa, where the bicycles have the potential to, and actually do, change lives.

It is important to understand that all of the bicycles, disposed of at the Dump, are not junk! Quite the contrary, some are in incredible, even mint condition, from time to time.  Though the Black Rocky Mountain Equipe is not in mint shape, its abandoned sibling, a lovely old Norco, is.  Both pitched away, and both salvaged by caring people.  The same can be said for a little used Peugeot Sprint, tossed along with an ancient Radio Flyer child's toy car.  One has to wonder?  At any rate...

The bicycle drop-off area, at the Landfill Site has to be monitored, on a regular basis, by at least one Bicycles for Humanity volunteer.  The drop of area must be kept tidy, clean and organized.  During the Spring and Autumn, prime bicycle discard times, monitoring includes at least three trips to the Dump, each week.  And each trip, during those prime bicycle discard times, produces a pick-up truck load of approximately eight bicycles.  It was on one of those trips to the Dump that the Miyata Evolution made its presence knows.

The bicycle, sitting along side a couple of dozen others, attracted the salvager's immediate attention.  It, along with seven other useful bikes were loaded up and then transported into the city of Thunder Bay.  The bicycle's style and condition make it an immediate candidate for shipment to Africa, but will first be cleaned and tuned up.  With that bit of preparation out of the way, the bicycle would become the focus of a photo session, or two, before being passed on the B4H

However, at B4H-Thunder Bay, any volunteer can earn a donated bicycle through his or her volunteer services and time spent doing B4H work.  And that is exactly what happened to this lovely old Miyata.

One of the B4H-TB volunteers expressed interest in the bicycle and the Miyata was removed from the send to Africa list.  Rather, the bike was awarded to the interested volunteer, after which it was completely refurbished in accordance with her needs and specifications.

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