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Retired mathematician repairs hundreds of bikes without charging a dime

Last updated January 13, 2021 0:20 am EST

Potomac, Maryland — This April, Rick Jackson helped a neighbor who was looking for someone to repair his daughter’s bicycle brakes.

“I fixed it. He got it back, and she was excited and he was excited,” Jackson said. “And it’s just a mushroom.”

An avid cyclist and retired mathematician has since repaired more than 650 bikes for friends, neighbors and even strangers.

He charges nothing for this love labor, but says he gets more in return. Especially the facial expressions of children when old bicycles are deformed.

When he looks at a bicycle, he says he is looking at “beautiful things.”

“Once the tires are clean, I’ll put on a new handgrip. Before I know that, it … will please a little girl somewhere,” he said.

One father sent Jackson the following text: “Thank you for a wonderful gift today. We rode a wonderful dad and daughter’s bike and she all smiled.”

“It’s like making my day,” Jackson said. “That’s my reward.”

And in times like this, there may be no better reward than a child’s smile.

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Retired mathematician Rick Jackson repaired more than 650 bikes for free during the pandemic.

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