16 year old, Needs a new Bicycle

My name is George Pilar, 16 years old from Pico-Unio. A couple of years ago my dad found out he has diabetes. That scared me to the bone. Two years ago I went to the gym. After that day, my goal was to get healthy. So I don't get diabetes like my dad. I reached my goal with the help of my bike and the help of the gym and hard work. My brother used the bicycle very often during college and after for the past 4-5 years. My brother and I have put more than 300 to 500 miles on this bike. Did you know that cycling can protect you from serious diseases such as stroke, heart attack, some cancers, depression, diabetes?

Imagine having to go to the bike shop every other weekend because of a new problem found on the bicycle. At this point, I am riding an overused and unsafe bike. The bike is a ticking bomb. My brother has put over $300 to 500 into this bike over the years in repairs. The cost of repair is not worth it. My bicycle is unusable at the moment the seat, wheels, and brakes need to be changed. I am asking for $1,600 for the new road bike.

With this new bike, I can get my health back on track. Also, this is how I deal with stress in a healthy way. My family does not have a car, so the bicycle is how I get around. The bicycle is how I go to the YMCA so I can get help with school. A bike to me is a light of hope. The bike cost $1,000. The other $600 will be for lights, helmet, lock, and money for any repairs it will need later down the road.

                                                           The current state of the bike

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