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Monday, October 13, 2008

Care package par avion

My mother-in-law has been visiting with us since July 15th, and tonight she boarded a SwissAir flight home. In fact she's 6 miles in the air as I type this, somewhere approaching the Arctic Circle and headed towards Zurich. I took the opportunity for free postage and stuffed her bags with schwag for the less fortunate bike racers of Bursa, Turkey. I sent five complete kits with bibs and jerseys from my former Union Velo affiliation, six pretty decent tires and ten tubes which I flatted- each with either one tiny pin hole or a patchable snake bite. And about 12 pairs of lightly used cycling socks. Overall, about $1000 of stuff, if you had to buy it new. The guys I trained with in Turkey this past spring- a lot of them were using equipment and apparel which were quite pitiful. All of this stuff is for their benefit.


Il Bruce said...

Nice deposit in the karma bank.

Next time let me know, I'll see what the phreds can come up with.

Murat Altinbasak said...

Thanks Bruce you're kind to offer. Actually, I'm trying to help our overseas Millwork One racer put together a new road bike. Apparently he has found himself a better frameset and needs parts to complete it. I'm waiting for him to send me more particulars about the frame so I don't send anything that's useless. I'll keep you informed. There are also a bunch of guys over there who could use shoes, apparel, clipless pedals, cleats, tires, tubes, helmets, etc. I'll coordinate with my next trip and do a collection. We have a senior guy over there who my family has known since the 60's, and who my father raced with. He gets all the schwag and makes sure it reaches the right people.

team sam said...


Count us in.