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Reece and his work rig a year later

Submitted by on December 27, 2011 – 7:39 pm3 Comments

While there are many bicycle commuters in Dallas, it’s not often that you meet someone who uses a bicycle as their primary work vehicle.  Reece makes his living salvaging and recycling stuff, which is to say he finds items that seemingly  have no value (at least to the former owner) and then sells them to those who see the value. Coincidentally I last wrote about Reece a year ago this month; and while I often see him pedaling around Greenville avenue I seldom have time to stop. I wasn’t working today so we sat and chatted bikes a bit.

There is more than one way to recycle and reuse.  For instance once a month a handful of folks drive through my neighborhood sifting through the “junk” my neighbors and I put out for the “claw”.  It’s amazing to see what people will throw out and more than once I’ve discovered a diamond in my neighbor’s junk pile that I brought home for myself.  I spoke to one of these guys once who told me he mainly picks up junk that he resells at his own yard sales.  He started selling his own stuff at yard sales and then began picking “junk” out of his neighbors “claw” pile to add to his yard sales.  He told me that these days he’s making a decent income from recycling by reselling.  Reece does something similar but on a smaller scale, and on a bicycle.

He’s using a different mountain bike these days as his former Raleigh was destroyed by a car that he tangled with a few months back.  Fortunately he was not injured, but his earlier bike was a goner.   Anyhow, we discussed cycling on the streets of Dallas, what containers make the best cargo hauler, and other assorted bike geek chat.

Reece is just one more of the interesting and genuinely nice people you might meet, if you’re Biking in Dallas.

-Chris

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Chris started riding a bike again when he noticed the Preston Ridge Trail being constructed across the street from his house. Since then he co-founded Biking in Dallas, has gone through countless Craigslist bike projects (some better than others) and can be found pedaling around town on a Electra Ticino with a camera in tow.

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