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Bike Time

The occasional warm day is popping up and that means bikes are coming out of winter storage. Tires are being filled and chains are being lubed. Seeing all these happy folks on their wheels made me think back to a shoot I did a few months ago for the Mall of America and an organization called Free Bikes for Kids (FB4K).  In a very ambitious program FB4K set out to set a Guinness world record for donating the greatest number of bikes to charity within a 24 hour period.

About 4,000 volunteers worked on 5,512 used children's bikes in a large work space provided by the Mall of America. The crew worked for over two months to make them rideable on donation day.  The big day arrived and by the deadline the bikes were prepped to donate, the Guinness folks signed off and bingo, a record was set!

A day after setting the record it was Bike Giveaway Day at the Mall and kids in need got the bikes of their dreams.