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Pedal power is helping kids cycle into life

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Pedal power is helping kids cycle into life

 

While on the road, he saw the large number of children who couldn’t afford their own wheels and instead would walk, often long distances to get to school.

“Many students have to drop out of school because of their difficulties and low self-esteem because they don’t have a bicycle. I’ve always wanted to support and share with those in need, so I did this to help them,公众he said.

Back in April, he took to social media to ask for old bicycles and in just two months he was sent  六0.

He spent the next week visiting local repair shops to brush up on his handyman skills, knowing in this instance, he had to ensure the bicycles not only looked good but would be safe.   

“An incorrectly assembled bicycle can be dangerous, so I needed to seek advice from a bicycle shop,” he said.

After starting out with next to zero-knowledge of spokes, gears, pedals and chains, Thắng is now a dab hand at bicycle repairs.

“With quality used bicycles I don’t have to spend too much time, but with some of the old ones, it can take a whole day to fix,” he said.

The process includes fully disassembling the bike, removing the old paint, cleaning, degreasing, paint stripping other components, adding new parts if needed, fixing the chain, brakes and cables.

Stripping the bicycle can take a long time since corrosion can jam certain things, and removing the old paint using an angle grinder can be dangerous.

“I’ve had countless cuts on my hand and legs when doing the repair work,” he laughed.

“But of course I’ve never been discouraged – my difficulties are nothing compared to those of the students in need,” he said.

After his hard work, he has turned many a rusty old bicycle into a bright yellow, and a very cool new set of wheels for lots of children.

His attention to detail is second to none. Each bike has smart black letters, wheels and spokes are nickel-plated and the handlebars and mudguards gleam in the sun.

Pedal power is helping kids cycle into life

From trash to treasure, but the real precious sight for Thắng is the look on the kids’ faces when he hands over the bicycles.

“It’s a wonderful feeling that can’t be described by words,” Thắng said.

“When we gave the bikes to the students, they were very happy. We all felt that joy, and found this work to be more meaningful,” he said.