This is my 2008 silver Carrera (um, some kind of metal) road bike. I rode it for 18 month and drove it into the ground. I now have a Jamis Xenith which I have learned to rebuild and change components on. The Carrera has sat behind the sofa since autumn 2009 and slowly been cannibalized to save me some money. When the brakes on the Jamis gunged up I swapped them; when the front gears broke I stripped off the shifter. The drive train is totally worn down and I don't have the tools, knowledge or need to remove the BB.
So now it just sits there sadly. I have now reached a point where I can just afford to buy new parts for my proper bike; and even if something happened to that I would just have to pop out to Halfords and buy a cheap mountain bike to get me back on the road. So what to do with this old thing?
I am loathed to just throw away a decent frame in good nick. I am not sure that the bin men would even take it away. The local dump is not near and my only transport is bike anyway.
I could put it on ebay/gumtree for someone to rebuild as a project because there must be some value in the frame. But I have no idea if anyone would want to invest the time, and I am certainly not trying to post it.
I could give it away for someone to rebuild as a project. But I have no idea is anyone would want to invest the time, have the tools or interest in rebuilding for someone who would appreciate it.
Finally I could give it to my LBS as a project, but they did mess me around for a month over a broken hanger, which I later got for myself in 5 days off the internet (I don't fancy carrying the frame a mile, sorry, annoyance leads to laziness and spite, I am already halfway to the dark side.)
I do still have the wheelset and plan on keeping those as you never know; one day some kids might see your bike on the street and decide to kick the back wheel in (2005) or some thieve might try to nick your frame and bend the back wheel to get at it (and fail, abus D-lock, 2007) Any suggestions what I should do with it? Money for old rope would be nice, but I would be happy if it went to a nice home too, like an old dog.