Spring cleaning is coming early at our shop and classroom this year, and that means even better deals on already affordable bikes!
Our last sidewalk sale, summer 2015
Come on out to our shop on Powell the first Saturday of February to get a ready-to-ride commuter bike, a frame, parts or components for a project bike, or anything else we have on hand for a screaming deal. As we gear up for a new year of granting bikes, mechanics education, and free repairs at external events, we are culling the heard of bikes that don’t directly benefit our vision for the year. But getting bikes to people who need them is in line with our mission anyhow, and will allow us to reorganize the shop and streamline the work to be done therein. Our ultra-knowledgeable shop manager Chris will let you know everything that needs to be done to get these unfinished bikes road ready, and how much of an investment those refurbishments will run–we’ll even do it for you if you find yourself falling in love with one of these under-utilized beauties. We can schedule a time to get your bike in the stand and quote you a price. Better yet, you could become a volunteer and earn an hour of stand time for every two hours you devote to someone else’s future bike!
So spread the word: anyone who’s been looking to adopt a bike and become a commuter can get on the road and be set for the price of a few tanks of gas. Anyone who needs some new gear for a year of riding can browse our inventory donated from a bike shop in the Dalles. And anyone who wants a $500 Thule bike case for half the price, this little home for a bike needs a home!
It’s time for Bikes for Humanity’s first external event of the year: the Fix-it Fair at Ron Russell Middle School, Saturday the 23rd. This will be the second of the season and we will be spending it outside the main exhibit room fixing up bikes and engaging folks about our mission. It runs from 9:30 til 3, so we will be meeting at the shop around 8, loading up the trailers, and bike moving there around 8:30. Volunteers don’t have to get up on a Saturday at the crack of dawn to participate: there are shifts starting at the school at 9am, noon, and 2:30 for those who want to do the bike move back to the shop.
This is a great opportunity to work on your bike mechanic skills, whatever stage you are in your wrenching journey, and give back to the community at the same time. Of course for anyone not looking to get greasy we always need help talking to folks about B4H, taking pictures, or even giving a flat repair tutorial if you’re up for that. Best of all, the fine folks at the Fix-it Fair will feed us. Here’s the sign up!
Charlie Hales might be there!
If anyone needs inspiration for bike-related resolutions for the year, we have received another dispatch from Steven’s bike adventures. He made it to the top of Taiwan’s highest point, Hehuanshan, also known as “Joy Mountain,” a serious ride on its own, much more so after three months of continuous touring and constant on-the-road repairs. “After two days of repairing a flat tube, blown tire, and broken spoke, plus steep climbs and camping in near freezing temps, I finally reached the main peak of Hehuan Mountain (3412 meters elevation), just above Taiwan’s highest elevation highway point of Wuling.”
Steven realized during the ride that biking to its summit is not to be recommended because of “the downhill buses, trucks, and cars pass each other at narrow sections illegally at reckless speeds.” He wrote, “I had one would-be head-on close call that quite scared me.” The way to do it, apparently, is to hitch a ride for the ascent. “The whole way up, I did not see any bicyclists ride up, but saw quite a few cars carrying bikes going up and some bicyclists coasting down.”
Whatever bike adventures you have planned for 2016, we at Bikes for Humanity wish you the best! And of course, we’ll be around to help you choose a bike, get some gear, or learn how to maintain and fix your ride. Happy new year from B4HPDX!