Boy. . . where to begin?
Bikes stolen from Bike Works yard – we need your help
We are sad to report that over the last few weeks donated bikes have been stolen from the yard behind Bike Works. The stolen bicycles were destined to be put back into the community in May at this year’s Kids’ Bike Swap. We lost a large pile of bikes – an estimated $1,500 value – that have been worked on since September during our volunteer repair nights and youth Earn-a-Bike classes and drop-in hours. With the KBS now just 4 months away, this is a big setback for us.
We are reaching out to our community to help! All of the bikes that were stolen were “adult” sized bikes for older youth (that are harder for us to collect, take longer to fix, and are worth more money). In the next three months, we hope to build our pile of bikes back up to what it was! Here is what we need:
- Good condition adult bikes – smaller mountain bikes (26” wheels) and road bikes (700 cm. wheels) especially.
- Good condition 24” wheeled bikes. If you have a bike to donate, contact Donald at firstname.lastname@example.org or call our shop during business hours at 206.725.9408 x3
- Volunteers who can repair bikes – specifically volunteers with shop level mechanic expertise. If you are interested in repairing bikes, contact Davey at email@example.com or 206.725.9408 x2
- Any other donation (monetary or material) that can help us offset our loss. To donate to Bike Works, click here.
For now, we’ve improved the security in the backyard with more locks and tarps and are considering adding barbed wire (an additional incurred cost of $900). We have also spoken with neighbor businesses to help us keep an eye out when staff aren’t here, and are continuing to strategize about a long-term solution! We’d love to hear ideas if you have them.
2010 Classes Have Begun
On a more positive note, our Earn-a-Bike classes, Adult repair classes and partnerships have begun for 2010! Over the winter a volunteer helped us build a fourth workbench in our classroom, allowing us to increase the size of our classes and work with more young people. (Thank you, Lanham!)
The Bike Works Warehouse has too much stuff! There will be a Bike Works Warehouse Sale, January 23rd 11am to 5pm. We will be selling parts and as-is bikes for low, low prices! This will help us clear up space in the classroom and in the warehouse as well as raise some much needed revenue. Cash only, please. Spread the word and come check it out!
Thanks for being part of the Bike Works family,
Bike Works Staff
Today was one of those days. . . Continue reading
So. . . I’m home. It’s a little hard to believe.
I’m also now a proud holder of a WMI WFR certification (only I’m not actually a card “holder” as the cards won’t come for 4 to 6 weeks).
Where to begin?
Island Wood is a GREAT venue. I was beyond impressed with their location, layout, staff, facilities, trail network, kitchen. . .
The WFR course itself was a blast. To be honest, I was quite nervous going into it, since first aid isn’t something that I have much (if any) experience in, but I can say (being on the other side of it now) that the course structure and the taught material really works well with my learning style and how I analyze and process things. The system that you learn in a Wilderness First Responder course isn’t just an efficient and comprehensive plan off attack to aid in most injuries and emergencies in the wild (defined in a WFR course as being an hour or more from definitive care), it’s also the groundwork for a system that can apply to almost any facet of your life.
Aside from the new skills and knowledge that I acquired throughout the course of the 10 days, I also was fortunate enough to meet an amazing group of individuals and to spend those 10 days sharing wonderful and powerful experiences with them.
I had mentioned that pictures would follow the last blog posting, but as of this moment, that doesn’t look like it will be the case. I didn’t take many. I was too busy saving people’s lives (in role playing scenarios at least) to take pictures. Sorry.
More later. Too much else on my mind to concentrate on this.