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Bikes left behind can get U around

August 23, 2001
Some bikes are left by graduating seniors who will leave them behind because they don’t have a way to move them back home. —

Students might notice them sitting locked up next to buildings and fences on campus.

Rust might have started to cover the bars, a wheel might be bent or a flat tire might be hugging the ground.

These are the bikes that get left behind by students.

While many are beyond repair, some still have a few good rides in them. The MSU Department of Police and Public Safety holds a bike round up the first three weeks of summer to collect all of these forgotten gems.

Dawn Mazur. MSUpolice parking services supervisor, said there are plenty of bikes which are in great condition.

“There are some really nice bikes because sometimes people graduate and don’t have the room or time to take them home because they live out of state,” she said.

This year 500 to 700 bikes were collected for the round up, she said. When the bikes are collected the owners are contacted to be informed their bike has been impounded, Mazur said.

The only way for the owners to be contacted is if the bike is registered with the MSU Department of Police and Public Safety.

“A (student) took a bike up his freshman year some time ago,” she said. “The bicycle was found in our impound lot a year later,” she said.

Many students who reported their bikes stolen often receive letters saying their bike has been found, Mazur said.

If an owner does not pick up his or her bicycle, it might go to a new owner.

The bikes are then picked over by the MSU Surplus Store, which then holds a sale.

“They will not take bent wheels, broken spokes and pretty much they determine what they want,” she said.

The surplus store, Mazur said, usually takes half of the bikes left in the impound lot.

A.J. Thomas, facilities coordinator assistant, said the date hasn’t been set for the sale. About 500 bikes are expected to come in for the sale he said.

“We do fix them up a little,” he said. “Sometimes we might pump up the tires or cut the locks off if they are keeping the wheels from moving.”

Thomas said the store doesn’t do break or other major repairs. Once the bikes are ready for sale, the store prices them anywhere from $1 to 200.

“One time we had over 100 people waiting to get in,” he said.

Thomas said there is no secret as to why students look to the surplus store for transportation.

“Bikes make it easier to get around campus and we have fairly good prices,” he said.

Students who already own bikes say they would definitely browse the sale to buy a set of wheels for campus cruising.

Education senior Angela Gottschling said the store’s sale is worth investigating.

“I have a bike,” she said. “But if I didn’t I would check it out.”

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