A New Bike for Galen
Hello everybody, this is Galen (or OrangeGalen if you're from YouTube) and recently my bike was stolen. I had that bike for 14 years and was using it quite frequently, to go places/shopping/Pokemon Go etc. I had also been using it to commute to work, and it was in the shopping area I work at where it was stolen, on May 2, 2019, leaving behind one wheel and the lock that was on it. And while I can drive, it was far more cost effective to bike than to use gas, and also limits my mobility.
What I am asking for is a minimum of $300 USD (lowered it from 400, I'll make up the difference) to replace the bike. While I would ask for less (as the bike I had cost less) inflation and also the fact that they don't make that brand/model of bike anymore forces me to ask for more. I'm planning on getting a new bike from REI (Recreational Equipment, Inc.) as that's where I got my previous bike from and they have good mountain bikes there - which my old one was. And I checked online and 400 is the lowest priced bike I could find. If there's nothing there then I will be checking out a local bike shop a few blocks away from where I live.
Any proceeds will go to getting a new bike for myself, and if I somehow get over that amount, then I will use that to either get a better bike than originally planned, or buy accessories for my bike (such as another bike lock, a tail light, and smartphone holder - that last one is purely for Pokemon Go fyi). If I have extra after, I will either return it or invest in better video editing programs for my YouTube channel, giving back to everyone that helped me by giving you better edited content.
Having a bike was like having freedom to go wherever I wanted, only limited by my body. Without it, I feel somewhat trapped and very much limited. It's also the fact that it was stolen - that someone knowingly and willfully put in the effort to take it - that stings more. Anything that you donate means that there are some people who are decent in this world - for it takes many to right the wrongs of one. And I will thank you from the bottom of my heart.
It's just incredible. It's a combination of luck and criminal stupidity.
Thank you to everyone that donated, and I will be withdrawing my GoFundMe and returning your donations - as I don't need a new bike. Thank you again!