Dave Rice 7:21 a.m., May 23
Get greasy with Bikes Del Pueblo
Volunteers of all mechanical levels wanted to help fix bicycles to benefit Sherman Heights Community Center
You might’ve seen Bikes Del Pueblo at the City Heights Farmers Market on Saturdays and wondered what they’re all about.
See for yourself and get dirty in the process on Sunday, March 10 at their Bike Build Day at Sherman Heights Community Center (2258 Island Avenue) from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
The Sherman Heights Community Center was recently gifted seven bicycles that need some TLC to get them into proper working condition.
The complete bicycles will then be used in a raffle to benefit the Center’s upcoming Youth Summer Camp.
Bikes Del Pueblo seemed like the perfect non-profit organization to help in this endeavor since they already “provide open workshops that make available tools and assistance for building, maintaining, and repairing bikes in safe spaces,” writes Bikes Del Pueblo President/Big Wrench Kenneth Eby-Gomez.
“Bikes Del Pueblo,” Eby-Gomez goes on to say, “work to empower local communities through bicycle education for mechanical and transportation self-sufficiency.
“Our number one goal is to make all riders comfortable picking up [the few essential skills to maintaining a bike], and that includes across gender/sex, language barriers, ability to pay, and other things cyclists commonly run into in shops.
“Hopefully the bike build will be that kind of environment, one where people all feel like they can reach a greater understanding of their bike.”
Volunteers from all walks of life are welcome to assist in the fixing up of these bikes, even if you’ve never greased a chain or filled a tire with air.
Bring your own bike tools if you have them, and expect to work in groups, get dirty, learn, and have fun.
Photo by Olivier Carl Vlad