I picked up an old Raleigh for super cheap on Craigslist last week, but when I brought it to a bike shop to be looked at, they said that it had been in a collision-- the frame was cracked, fork was bent, it was in worse shape than it looked to the untrained eye. I emailed the guy who sold it to me, but I don't have high hopes for getting my $40 back. Most of the parts are in bad shape-- I was intending to strip it and convert it.
So what should I do with it? Will West Town Bikes or Working Bikes have the capability or interest to fix it? I worry that if I leave it in the alley, a bike thief will find it and sell it to some unsuspecting new owner. (In that scenario, I know it's more likely to be found by metal scrappers. I just don't like the idea that another cyclist might end up riding it without realizing that it's unsafe.)
or hey, anyone here want a broken Raleigh for $20?