37. Thirty-seven. That's how many people wrote unbelievable stories asking for my bike for themselves (and, in a couple cases, for someone else). So here's what I've decided to do. I've enlisted some friends and family to help read them all. We're each making our recommendations as to which we think are the most deserving. We're trying to narrow it down to 3-5. But that's proving pretty dang difficult. But that's my goal. Once we've done that, I'm going to check in with the folks who sent in to make sure it's okay to publicize their stories (anonymously if they want), and then I'm going to use one of the various polling engines available on the web to let the world decide who gets it.
Now, some of you may be wondering why I said the bike was for sale. Well, it was. But reading these stories, I really don't want the money. BUT, I've learned that people value things a lot more when they have to give something up for them. The number that everyone seems to be able to afford is $500. So, that's going to be the price for whomever wins. Only, it's not going to me. 50% will go to "my" charity - World Bicycle Relief. And 50% will go to the charity of the winner's choosing.
Oh, yeah. The bike now comes with shifters, front derailleur, and rear derailleur. I'm sure I should have organized this better, but I never expected this kind of response, and well, I've just been so touched by the stories I've heard, that I don't really think I can open this up into a free for all or anything more. So, that's the way it works this time. Next time, I'll try to be a bit more fair from the outset.
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