Editor's Note: After poking around the Toys R Us Facebook page I saw that someone had called them to see what happens to the bikes that are brought in and she was told by Toys R Us that they are destroyed for safety reasons. So I just emailed them myself to find out exactly what the fate of these bikes are. I was hoping that the ones that are still in usable condition would be donated and the unsafe ones recycled. If they are all being trashed than I will no longer support this event and I will not trade in our bike. I'll just hand it down to one of our twins. I will update once I hear back from them.
Last week the weather warmed up and we dug the boys' bikes out of the garage. We quickly realized that our 6 year old had seriously outgrown his. It makes sense since he has had it for 3 years now. So I began thinking about where to go for an inexpensive new bike and what kind to get him.
Then this morning I turn on my phone and open my inbox to find an email from Toys R Us about The Great Bike Trade In. This totally made my day.
Sunday March 20, 2011 through Saturday March 26, 2011 bring your used bike in to a participating Toys R Us location and receive a coupon for up to $50 off the purchase off a new bike (details apply). In addition to that if you bring in an old bike helmet you will get 25% off the purchase of a new helmet.
This is a great way to recycle your old bikes, though it's not clear what they do with all the old bikes that are brought in. We are going to be heading down to Toys R Us this week to bring in the old bike and helmet and let W pick out a new one. The coupon we will get plus a gift card he received for his birthday should make this a good deal for us.
Toys R Us Great Bike Trade In details.