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Bikes for Our Community

Training Fleet–Update!

We now have eight bikes completed towards our new Revolutions Training Fleet. If you haven’t heard, yet, we plan to use this fleet out in the community, starting next spring. We want to be able to offer rides to community groups. And we want to demonstrate things like how to ride to the grocery store or how to get to other errands around town. This fleet is getting overhaul by Revolutions members and everyone is invited to join us.

Eight bikes ready to ride. Aren't they pretty!

Eight bikes ready to ride. Aren’t they pretty!

Don’t worry if your skills are rusty or even non-existent! We will find a way for you to jump in. Also, each of our Training Fleet Overhaul Nights are shop volunteer nights. This means that if you participate in one of these, you get a Revolutions Bucks token, as a thank you for your work. Collect 5 of these tokens and you can “buy” one of our bikes in need of overhaul.

Did you read that? 5 sessions and you can take home a bike! Now, that bike will probably need some work. But you’ll know how to get started, by the time you’ve completed five session with us! So, won’t you join us and help us get this Training Fleet ready for spring?

 

Why No Christmas Kids Bikes, this Fall?

For the last seven years, Revolutions participated in a Christmas Kids’ Bikes donation program. Usually, by this time of year, we were working frantically to complete 30 or so kids bikes. So, why no talk of that, this year?

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As we talked to families and volunteers from previous Christmas Bikes years, we heard a troubling message. Once a bike got a flat, the child completely stopped riding. Even though each child completed a riding safety program with us, and in many years even received a complimentary Revolutions membership, they were unable to take advantage of our resources to get the bikes running again. Maybe it was distance from the Shop, or maybe something else. But this year, we decided to try something different.

This year we want to try a pilot program at our neighborhood school, Peabody Elementary. Instead of just doing the safety training workshops and giving away the bikes, we plan to follow a group of 4th and 5th graders for the entire semester. We want to encourage them to ride to school several times. And we want to train them to be ambassadors for cycling in their community. We’ll look to them to help us lead some Bike Trains to school and a community-wide Bike Rodeo, later next spring.

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In previous years, Shelby Farms and the United Way took care of all of the funding. This year we are on our own. We set up an ioby campaign to raise funds for this community project. We’re excited to work with the children and families of Peabody Elementary.

You can see our campaign for the Revolutions Bicycle Ambassadors, here.

Donations of any amount will make a big difference. Would you please consider donating to our ioby campaign? And if you do, will you please tell your friends, too?!

 

Women’s Bike Chat — Today!

Join us today  at 2:00 p.m. This month we’re talking about the best bike locks and dreaming about what our ideal outdoor bike storage would look like! And bring your bike, so we can take a short ride, afterwards!

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What’s Happening This Week,
Nov 15–22

Sunday:
2:00 p.m.              Women’s Bike Chat
2:00-6:00 p.m.   Members’ Open Shop,
plus Retail Shop is open–Retail and bike rentals!

Monday:
6:30-9:00 p.m.    Training Fleet Overhaul Night

Thursday:
6:30-9:00 p.m.     Training Fleet Overhaul Night

Sunday:
2:00-6:00 p.m.   Members’ Open Shop,
plus Retail Shop is open–Retail and bike rentals!

Coming up, soon:

Thursday, Dec 3:
7:30 to 9:00 a.m. 
Revolutions’ Breakfast Open House

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