My partner, Bill, donated his old bike and bought a really nice refurbished one last night, from a really great place: St. Louis Bicycle Works. This unique non-profit bike shop recycles bikes in a program called Earn-a-Bike, in which local kids are taught bicycle mechanics and safety, and a whole lot more, and build themselves a bike to take home for free at the end. The folks at the shop also do a lot of service projects and seem like neighborhood ethical heroes. Kudos to them. If you have a bike to donate; would like to buy a bike and know your money is going to a great cause; know a kid who could benefit from gaining some skills, self-esteem, responsibility, and a bike they fixed up themselves; or can volunteer yourself as a mechanic and mentor (you don’t have to be a bike mechanic; they’ll teach you) check out BikeWorks!