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post #1 of 9 Old 03-17-2019, 11:03 AM Thread Starter
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What to do with unused riding gear

I'm a fan of motorcycling podcasts, and one of my regulars is Motorcycles and Misfits. For those that don't know about it, it's put out by a volunteer motorcycling 'co-op' called the Recycled Garage in Santa Cruz, CA. Basically, they're a group of people that get together every Sunday to help each other work on their bikes. They're also big on attracting new riders, who they work with to get more comfortable working on their own motorcycles.

They're big proponents of rider safety and, to that end, they have a room full of donated gear they open up to new riders so they can gear up at no cost. I recently cleaned out the gear closet and shipped them a box of gear, some of which has already been moved on to a newer rider.

If you're interested in doing the same, simply contact them via their website.

I would say they can use anything gear-related. I included some extra knee, elbow, hip, and back pads I replaced with D30 armor in my jackets and pants. Shortly after my package arrived, I learned one of their new riders found a jacket that fit but all the armor was missing. The pads I sent had arrived just in time.
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That's pretty cool, I have a HUGE Goodwill down the road which I am thinking of taking my old gear to.

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I enjoy listening to their podcasts as well & I've wanted to send them some gear. I balk at the shipping cost, then think "Somebody's riding around right now without a helmet cause they don't have an extra ,$100. My $20 shipping bill might save that guys noggin"
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I like the idea of a riding gear exchange rather than Goodwill. They wouldn't quite know what to do with it.
There is, or was, a place in Long Beach, Ca that sold used moto gear.
I've sold some of my used leathers to a friend at our local mountain road house. Kept in the family as it were.
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Quite a few years ago, my old woodworking teacher from high school, who I had kept in touch with, expressed a desire to get himself a bike. I gave him a complete set of Joe Rocket gear I was no longer using. It wasn't a perfect fit for him, but good enough to get him on a bike in a safe way. He was broke (due to some unfortunate life circumstances) and wouldn't have been able to do it safely otherwise.

Last summer, I rebuilt a CB750 for my buddy who had been storing the bike for 20 years since his first kid was born. I gave him a helmet I was no longer using so his kids could ride with him. Again, not a perfect fit, but close enough to give them some joy.

A lot of clothing, not just riding gear, ends up in the landfill. That's a shame, not just because it's a waste but because all that synthetic material ends up in the food chain. Eventually, humans will all be plastic fantastic.

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" I gave him a helmet I was no longer using so his kids could ride with him"

I had a few helmets, still in good condition, that my wife and I weren't wearing no mo. I put them out on trash day on top of the trash cans. I hadn't gotten halfway back to the house when I heard a tire screech.
I turned and saw a kid jumping out of a van with the biggest smile on his face from the score he was gathering up. That made me smile too.
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I like the idea of a riding gear exchange rather than Goodwill. They wouldn't quite know what to do with it.
....nor how to price it....win for me. A few years ago I was sitting in traffic outside a Goodwill store. I glanced over & saw some random Hi-Viz items. I thought "Eh, maybe I should check them out, some work sweatshirts". So I pull in & realize its an Olympia Hi-Viz Mesh jacket with both rain & cold weather liner. It was new, still had the tags on it & scored it for $15!!!!
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When I have an item that I'm done with, I give it away on a local motorcycle forum. Easier than trying to sell it for peanuts, and makes me feel good.

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I have a stash of extra jackets and old helmets in the back corner of my garage I use a loaners.
Friends always have someone new or visiting in town and I can usually get them geared for a ride.
Occasionally I get friends or family in who ride and we take both my bikes out and if they dont want too carry all their gear on a plane I can cover them.
Usually they bring their own helmets, when we ride alot we want our own helmet so thats easy as carry on and jackets and pants take alot of room in a suitcase.
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