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Wrench and Ride Bicycle Summer Camp

We had a great turnout for our first Bike to Dinner ride, of the summer. Fifty people gathered to ride! Central BBQ’s owner, Craig Blondis, joined us and also brought his kids along to ride. We were really pleased to have four of our Summer Bike Camp participants bring their families. We actually had 8 families riding with children, for a total of 15 kids riding along with us! We’re definitely claiming this as a Kidical Mass ride, too!
 
We didn’t get back until 10:00 p.m. because everyone was having such a good time eating and talking together. We talk a lot around the Shop about how we can build community by getting people on bicycles. I think we hit this work spot on, last night!
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In April, an African American family came to a group ride that we cohosted with our friend, Mia Madison. That ride was advertised specifically to African American families, as a way to get outdoors together. This family rented bicycles from Revolutions for the ride. They then proceeded to sign up their two children for our Wrench and Ride Bicycle Summer Camps (one in the elementary week and one in the high school week). They joined us again, this week, for our Bike to Dinner ride, again renting bicycles. Mom said, at the end of the evening, that she is now saving up to buy a bicycle as a Christmas present for herself. This family has changed their view of bicycling, by connecting with Revolutions and finding that bicycles can offer them a way to connect with each other and with the community.

Bicycle Summer Camp

We finished our first week of Wrench & Ride Bicycle Summer Camp. We had eleven rising 4th through 6th graders. They jumped right in to games, riding and work on bicycles. I loved that after they learned how to pull about the bottom bracket, the next question was, “Are we going to take other things off of the bike?!” We also opened up some headsets, to see the ball bearings that allow the handlebars to turn. And we looked over the kids’ bikes to see if everything is in good working order (there are a few that could use some work!). We rode all over town to places like the Children’s Museum, Maxine Smith STEAM Academy, and the Kroc Center, as well as the Pink Palace and Memphis Lake. We also explored the bike racks at Peabody and Idlewild Elementary schools.

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On Friday, we rode to Overton Park to look at the bike parking offered at several park amenities. We found that the Levitt Shell has loads of bike parking, though it mostly looks like art and that is confusing. We also learned what it means that they are offering free Bike Valet for all 50 of their shows, this summer. We successfully rode to the Zoo, even though a car in the long line to get into the parking lot tried to ignore us when it was turning left and we had the right of way. The kids thought maybe the Zoo should let people know about the bike parking that it has, right at it’s front door. And we did a little letter writing to thank Overton Park Conservancy for their efforts to make the park better for all of us, to thank the Zoo, the Levitt Shell and the Brooks Museum for the bike parking that they already have, and to encourage all of them to do more to get folks to ride bicycles to the Park!

This coming week, our Middle School camp is full. But if you know a teenager who would like to join us, we still have space in our high school camp!

Basic Bike Assessment, this Week!

Are you new to Revolutions and wondering where to start, in our Workshop? Join us for ourIMG_3265.JPG Basic Bike Assessment class. It’s included in your Revolutions Membership and it is a great way to make a list of what needs fixing on your bicycle. We go over the names of bike parts, as well as which parts should move and which shouldn’t be loose. We also use this class as an introduction to all the many ways you can get involved. If you don’t want to bring your own bike to class, you can use one of ours! Join us, Thursday, June 16 at 6:30. Read more and sign up, here.

Women’s Bike Chat: Hosts Ride with Dad

Next Sunday, we will celebrate the successful completion of our How to Ride in the Street class, and Father’s Day, by hosting a ride. The Shop will be CLOSED for working on bikes. So, instead, join us for a leisurely ride through the neighborhood. We will meander around and end up at Memphis Made, to raise one for Dad. Join us in front of our Bike Gate at 2:00 p.m. We’ll have bikes available to rent for $5, plus tax. Please remember that all Revolutions sponsored rides require the wearing of the helmet!

What’s Happening This Week
June 12-19

Sunday:
2:00-6:00 p.m.   
Members’ Open Shop, plus Retail Shop is open–and bike rentals!
2:00 p.m.               How to Ride in the Street — Last Class!

Monday:
6:30-9:00 p.m.    
Members’ Open Shop, plus Retail Shop is open

Thursday:
2:00-9:00 p.m.    
Retail Shop open for Retail, Service and Rentals
6:30-9:00 p.m.    
 Basic Bike Assessment class

Friday:
10:00 a.m.              First Congo Easy Riders TriCycles ride:
Meet at Overton Park Golf Clubhouse

Saturday
8:30 am-3:30 pm  
Retail Shop open for Retail, Service and Rentals

Sunday:
2:00 p.m.               
Women’s Bike Chat: Ride with Dad!
2:00 p.m.               Shop CLOSED
for Father’s Day

 

Coming Up, Soon!

Thursday, June 16:
6:30-9:00:              Basic Bike Assessment class

Wednesday, June 22:
6:30 p.m.                Bike To Dinner: Rock ‘n Dough

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June 13-17: Summer Camps for Rising 7th, 8th, & 9th graders This week is FULL!
June 20-24: Summer Camps for Rising 10th, 11th, & 12th graders We still have space!

 

 

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