From Trashed to Useful

Let me just start out by saying that leaving your bicycle outside in Florida will DESTROY it. The seats on our bikes burned. Literally burned! The top of them were black like somebody lit them on fire. Amy’s bike was the worst. Her chain was rusted shut, her jelly cushion seat was burned and nastified, the sidewall on her tires literally melted and burst(ed) and her tubes were sticking out. None of us have used our bikes much since moving down here but we’ve been getting the itch to get out there and pedal.

I was faced with two problems: Fixing a bike and figuring out how to find a cheap kids seat for Dawson.

Taking the bike apart brought me back. Back when I used my friends quality used bike parts to modify my huffy and make it look somewhat cool. It was fun tearing it apart and it felt great! (It made me want to get into biking all the more)

After spending more money than anticipated on bike parts, I was left with a little budget to find a child seat. I decided to text my friends to see if they had a used one to donate. Nadda, but my friend Shari emailed me with some child seats listed on Craigslist. One of the listings didn’t have a picture but listed the seat at $3. I could do that.

The seller happened to be in Keene’s Pointe subdivision right down the road from me so I left to pick it up.

Wow! the seat was complete garbage! LOL. I gave the guy $3 and decided to make it my project. Filled with moldy goodness and rusted parts I clean it up to see what would happened. With some sand paper, paint, LOTS OF BLEACH and some time, here’s what it turned out looking like. (The orange paint by the way is an obsession color associated with my Dutchness)

One less child seat in a landfill, because I can assure you that’s where it was headed