A few weeks ago I wrote about a handful of charities that give bicycles to those without. Now I've just learned that CrankBrothers is in the midst of a charity auction for Wheels For Life (WFL), one of those not-for-profits about which I wrote. As a quick memory-jog, WFL was founded by trials specialist Hans Rey to bring bicycles to people in remote regions who couldn't otherwise afford them so that they can travel to work or school. These bikes, which cost an estimated $100 each to deliver, are a means to livelihoods and opportunity.
Here's the deal: CrankBrothers has partnered with a bunch of great brands (Focus, Charge, GT, Ibis, Rotwild, Scott, Tomac, Turner, SRAM, Rock Shox, Avid, Fizik, and Continental Tires) to build 12 beautifully spec'd mountain bikes. They are auctioning off one of these bikes each week from now until Sea Otter Classic, and all proceeds will go to support Wheels For Life. Three bikes have already been sold, including an Ibis Mojo HD and an Ibis Tranny. The most recent auction was for a Scott Genius LT (Outside's 2011 Gear of the Year winning mountain bike, incidentally), a $5,000 value that someone scooped up for $3,200. On the block now is a Tomac Supermatic 120, another bike we tested and loved last year.
CrankBrothers hopes to raise $50,000 for Wheels For Life (enough for 500 bikes to donate), so don't be stingy with your bids. When else do you get the opportunity to buy dozens of bikes for the cost of one?