Archive for July 2008

i saw an old friend, lisa, at the free tune-up event today. she was with her family at the fair. zoe showed me her balloon doggie. lisa came over to say hi, and asked if i always worked. the last time we saw each other was when she stopped by where i work to ask about a new bike. she was smiling when she asked me this question, and i smiled when i responded, “this isn’t work. this is fun!”

ask any of the P2P volunteers that were there today, and they’ll tell you the same thing: we had a ball! it’s exhausting, rewarding, satisfying, and totally enjoyable to do a tune-up event. but a lot like when you cook a yummy meal for your friends. you feel happy providing something homemade that brings people together and nurtures the soul. i feel the same way about these tune-up events. we provide something good, but we get so much happiness in return. beth, mike,john,ken, ben, jace and klay worked so smoothly together today. it was awesome being a part of it all.

The Shop hosted us at their spot from 10-2, just like they did last year. Thanks guys for the awning, the bottomless container of cold water, and the huge chunk of space in your parking lot. don’t forget to check out the summer movies at the Shop this summer. Top Gun shows tonight at dusk! http://www.theshop.bz/

We couldn’t have asked for a better fundraising event! What fun with awesome food and great company!

Char Zyskowski and Karen Copeland of Apple Charlotte Cooking and Catering Co. donated their time and super cheffing skills to cook the best cajun spiced meal ever. Former Apple Charlotte graduate students also helped with the food preparation. The muffeletta knocked our socks off! Yummy grilled veggies, freshly-baked chiabatta, salty olive tapenade and melted jack cheese sealed the signature New Orleans sandwich. Each bite was the perfect combination of salty/sweet, soft and crunchy. Apple Charlotte also prepared red beans and rice, jambalaya, cornbread, chocolate bourbon cake and sweetened ice tea for over 30 people. WOW! Odem Corps donated wine for the event. Conbined with pefect summer weather and relaxed outdoor dining, we felt like the luckiest bunch of cyclists on the planet :,,)

The ticket sales brought in the money we needed to pay for our legal fees. Now, pedals2people is sending our 501c3 packet off to the federal government. we’ll be one step closer to building a community cycling center.

Thanks so much to everyone who attended and participated. you made our whole year!

We couldn’t have asked for a better fundraising event! What fun with awesome food and great company!

Char Zyskowski and Karen Copeland of Apple Charlotte Cooking and Catering Co. donated their time and super cheffing skills to cook the best cajun spiced meal ever. Former Apple Charlotte graduate students also helped with the food preparation. The muffeletta knocked our socks off! Yummy veggies grilled to perfection, freshly-baked chiabatta, salty olive tapenade and melted jack cheese sealed the deal. Each bite was the perfect combination of salty/sweet, soft and crunchy. Apple Charlotte also prepared red beans and rice, jambalaya, cornbread, chocolate bourbon cake and sweetened ice tea for over 30 people. WOW! Odem Corps donated wine for the event. Conbined with pefect summer weather and relaxed outdoor dining, we felt like the luckiest bunch of bike freaks on the planet :,,)

The ticket sales brought in the money to pay for our legal fees. Now, pedals2people will send the 501c3 packet off to the federal government, and we’ll be on our way!

Thanks so much to everyone who attended, participated, and donated you

Right now our P2P space is a donated garage in a residential neighborhood. At some point, we’d like to have a space closer to downtown in a more retail/commercial type area. We’re grateful for our space right now and we want to keep it.

Location

Our space is a garage is in the alley behind the house at 4218 S Garfield.

Please do not disturb the owners of the home, you can find us in the alley between Garfield and Scott streets and between 43rd and 42nd ave. Generally, we’re open to the public on Mon/Weds nights from 6-9pm. Check our event calendar to make sure we’ll be there.

Summer Garage Schedule

Summer is busier than other months, so to make sure we’re getting our work done as well as providing a DIY space, here’s how we will be scheduling garage time for the summer:

  • Donations welcome 6-8:30, Mondays and Wednesdays
  • Volunteer work from 6-7:30; no DIY’ers during this time please
  • DIY bike time and tool use from 7:30 – 8:30
  • Clean- up 8:45-9

Dropping In

We love having drop-in volunteers. If you come up to the garage unannounced (“drop ins”), you must be either volunteering or coming to do DIY work on your bike. At the space we have right now, we can’t have general hanging around. If you drive, find a place outside the alley to park.

DIY Info

There are two kinds of DIY’ers.
#1 DIY space/tool renter: If you are doing a project that requires a bike stand and more than basic tools, then please consider paying for the space/tools.
DIY Space and tool rental $10/hour, 1/2 hour minimum. This gets you a stand and access to the master work bench and generally the assistance of a volunteer mechanic. We typically only have one or two stands open at a time. If we get too many DIYers we’ll start scheduling folks in. Only paying DIY’ers can have unfettered access to the master tool bench.
#2 Drop-in fixes: For minor fixes (flats,tweaks,tightens, adjustments, etc), it’s a voluntary donation kind of deal.
Drop-in’s work on bikes outside the garage without a stand. For tools, you can borrow one “stripping bucket” of tools to use. The stripping bucket contains some basic tools (hex wrenches, screw drivers, crescent wrenches, etc) that can fix basic bike issues. If you’re a drop-in fixing up your bike, please do not help yourself to master work bench tools or any parts in the garage without assistance from a mechanic volunteer. If you’re able, consider donating some small amount for the use of the tools and garage resources.
Our goal is to get you riding your bike, not to squeeze every penny out of you, but really: there’s no such thing as a free lunch. We take trades of all kinds and volunteer time as payment too.
Buying Stuff – Used Parts – New Parts
Buying stuff: the garage is not really set up for retail sales. Generally, we encourage folks with means to go to a local bike shop and buy stuff. However, we also think it’s important to recycle and reuse where ever possible, so we like to sell our used parts/components to industrious people. We sell a few new things (cables and housing mainly) — but only if you’re doing a bike build. We do not sell new parts/components for below retail cost.
You can come and buy stuff, but you can’t dig/browse/etc unattended. Also, people looking to buy stuff are the last priority behind donation drop offs, volunteer management, etc. When a volunteer has time, the volunteer can go through stuff with the person looking to buy stuff. The garage is too small to have people wandering through and browsing while we try to work.
The best way to get parts when it’s busy (spring/summer) is to send email to pedals2people@gmail.com and send us a list. We can help you and maybe get a pile going for you before you get there.
A basic price list is here.
Garage Lead
All garage nights will have a Garage Lead. This person is in charge of keeping the flow going and making sure all volunteers are busy, donation drop offs are tended to, and any special events are squared away. The Garage Lead handles the money and makes sure everything is properly locked at the end of the night. The Garage Lead also must fill out the Wrap-Up sheet at the end of the night.