Buy Bicycle Parts Cheaply – 3 Areas In Your Town You Check Out

There are 3 main sources that I use in order to buy bicycle parts inexpensively. These 3 sources can be found in most communities if you look carefully.

The first place and perhaps the easiest place for a cyclist to find and buy bicycle parts cheaply are at thrift stores. You can get great deals at these places especially if the store sells both new and used items. I remember getting some high-end bicycle parts for shifters, brakes and cranks for less than $20 that would normally go anywhere 5 to 20 times the amount I paid for them. It is quite amazing what rich people will throw away. So, go to a thrift store first if you need to get something replaced.

The second place that I like to go to get bicycle parts and accessories inexpensively are yard sales. These are another fun place to go because you will never know what you are going to find. I wake up extra early on Saturdays in order to get the best deals around. Make sure when you are negotiating a deal with the seller, is to never show that you are desperate. If you show any signs of wanton need for the parts, then you may not a get that great deal.

The last place that I like to go to find and buy bicycle parts cheaply are at local bicycle shops. In my opinion, you can get one of the best deals at these places. However, in order to get a great deal, the item that you are looking for must be a product that are not selling or one that is an old product. Local bike owners need to move these products in order to have room for new ones. They are willing to sell them to you for little or no profit at all!

How to Start a Local Scooter Club in Your Town

Do you like to cruise around on a Scooter? If not have you considered the cost of Fuel for that SUV? Some people think that Scooters are not safe and whereas that is true to a point the reasoning behind it is that people are not looking for them while driving, but there is safety in numbers and the more scooters in your town, the safer they become.

To increase Scooter usage it might be wise to start a Scooter Club and get a little local publicity. First you will need to decide what level you wish your club to be at. To make a formal club is one option and it makes things more concrete and stable. First, you need to establish Bylaws and form a Legal Entity and perhaps you might also form preliminary committee. You will need to determine you Mission Statement along with your Goals and Objectives. Perhaps you desire to:

  • Conserve Fuel
  • Get People Out of their SUVs
  • Have Fun
  • Promote Safety
  • Raise Money for Charity
  • A Club for Get-Togethers and Dating

Maybe you might consider a Tax Strategy for Non-Profit status and you will need to create Release of Liability Forms and determine a low cost tentative Club Membership Fee Structure. There can be a lot of advantages setting up a club like this in your town. Think about capitalizing on Economies of Scale for instance you might;

  1. Work Out Special Price for Fuel and Give PR to that Station
  2. Recruit Scooter Certified Mechanics
  3. Negotiate Special Rates
  4. Develop Working Relationship with all Scooter Shops
  5. Safety Instruction
  6. Free Course from a Local Traffic School
  7. Recruit Local Police Talent for Group Talks
  8. Negotiate Rental Fees for Non-Scooter Owners
  9. Work Out Price Breaks for Destination Locations

You might also plan fundraiser events and gatherings and donate the money to local worthy charities or maybe a scholarship too. Your club can meet at local Coffee Shops and discuss many issues. If you wish to promote your objectives why not elevate the Clubs Status with Good Standing Members and have them join various decision making groups in town?

  • Member to sit on Mayor’s Round Table
  • Member on Chamber of Commerce Transportation Committee
  • Member on Neighborhood Watch Board as a Mobile Group
  • Member on Parks and Recreation Board

Maybe you wish to have certain roads wider and better paving and thus you might assist Local Candidates who strongly believes in Traffic Safety for your city. To maintain you high status in the community you will need a few rules for Club Members and maybe you can write this up in a

Two Page Promise from each Member;

  1. Obey all Traffic Laws
  2. Drive Responsibly and Defensively
  3. Be an Example of a Good Citizen
  4. Maintain Safety Items on Scooter

Additionally, a scooter club can become the eyes and ears of the community and assist in curbing crime by reporting criminal activity by Cell Phone. Things such as; Hit and Runs, Theft or the occasional Drug Deal going down. It is vital that you only allow upstanding citizens to join you and you should make sure they are safe by having a Scooter Proficiency Check-out and allow the club to vote on New Members before joining, maybe a 85% approval vote.

A Senior Member can meet a new prospective member at a Coffee Shop and go riding with them to make sure they are safe and to make sure the new member is able to explain an understanding of Traffic Laws, as well as check to make sure they are maintaining Liability Insurance. They might even distribute AAA forms and maps to assist new members. Why not start a scooter club in your town today?

What Would The Apostle Paul Have To Say To Your Town?

If Paul was speaking today… a modern fill-in-the-blanks parable for your city… as adapted from Acts 17:16-34)

“While Paul was waiting for them in (insert your CITY here) he was greatly distressed to see that the cities were full of idols.

So he visited various churches and talked to the pastors and religious leaders and as many religious organizations as he could about what was wrong with their society and he ended up as a guest on a TV talk show watched by many of the people of the community.

For it was television that was that culture’s marketplace and the media reporters and anchors were the philosophers of the land.

These philosophers – known as anchors – were very secular. Some, called liberals, prided themselves on their great tolerance and openness to all ideas – except from those who claimed there was such a thing as ultimate truth or absolute right or wrong.

A few others, called conservatives, held that society should operate with the fewest rules possible and man should be able to do whatever seems best to him so that most of the goods and possessions and riches of the culture would go to those who earned them.”

“On the talk show they confronted Paul. “What is this you are advocating?” they asked him, for they loved to sensationalize and talk of controversial things that brought conflict and drama and emotion. “You seem to be telling us that we are living life in the wrong way, as if YOU have a better idea.”

Paul then looked directly at the camera.

“People of America… of (insert your CITY and your STATE). I see you are in every way a society seeking to improve itself. I see your temples to Mammon… the god of money… on seemingly every corner, some with drive in windows so you need not even get out of your conveyance to do your financial transactions.

I pass by a great many places you call health clubs and fitness centers that honor Aphrodite, your goddess of love and beauty and sexual rapture. There are your shopping temples and theatres worshipping Dionysos, your wine god and god of entertainment who causes people to behave in strange ways, driven by drunken-like desires to possess things and feelings far in excess of what is needed.

“You have so many gods that I even saw, affixed to the chrome strip at the end of one of your favorite altars – the conveyance you call the automobile – a sticker, a bumper sticker with this inscription: “He who dies with the most toys wins.”

“But I am here to tell you that as much as you worship yourselves, you are not God. And the living God, who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and can not be kept in a box or controlled by your money and intellect and pride. All those things you worship you can not take with you when you die. All those things you have prostituted your life to obtain are worthless when God, in his time and season, stops overlooking your self-indulgence and pride and comes to demand an accounting of how you have spent your lives.

“And if you have spent them… squandered them… worshipping the false gods on the worthless altars of your culture… then… people of (insert YOUR state)… people of America… then you will discover that it is too late.”

“Well”.. said the talk show host. “We’re out of time for this program. Maybe we will have you back again someday to talk more about this. But now… a word from our sponsor.”

The camera turned off. And Paul left the TV station.

Only a few people heard what he said. The rest went back to their false gods and misplaced altars.