Open Shop Hours This Saturday!

P2P volunteer Ryan will be opening the shop this Saturday from 11 am to 4pm.

This is the first ever weekend shift, so please come up and let Ryan if you want to happen again. I’ve heard from folks before who haven’t been able to make it to the shop because they work evenings. Hopefully we can offer more Saturday open-shops if this is a popular day!

Hillyard Fest 09

Hillyard knows how to rally the troops and get people out for an event. Even amongst the mega construction on Market St and the spotty weather, people came for the parade, food and entertainment. Kiwanis had a strong presence, as did the local politicians. The Hillyard Belles preformed, and many vendors sold their wares.

This was our first time at Hilllyard Fest, and if the festival is any indication of the neighborhood flavor and trends, bikes are big in this part of town. They were featured in the parade. Kiwanis raffled 2 kids bikes and gave out free helmets. Spokefest put on a bike rodeo for the kiddos and organized a community bike ride. We were there to tune up bikes, and between fixes, we caught glimpes of the bike (and skate) tricks at the popular public skate park.

Hillyard is so cool for accepting what others thought a controversial park feature. When the city presented different neighborhoods with hosting a skate park back in 2002, Hillyard was the only neighborhood willing to accept the offer. What a great place for kids and their families. It’s the main feature at Harmon park and is obviously well-loved!

Pictures here.

First Time Voluneer Experience

If you’ve never volunteered with P2P before, but you want to–especially during a fun event like the Free Tune-Up at this year’s Hillyard Festival–then please email me at!!

We have super-star mechanics lined up for the event, but we’re hoping to reach new folks with these skills or interests:

  • good with people
  • enjoy working with kiddos
  • interested in learning how to fix a flat
  • like collecting data and organizing it
  • love being in a host/hostess role where you greet people and put them at ease while their bikes are being worked on

This will be a great event that showcases the Hillyard community, history and spirit. Come be a part of the celebration!

Ladies Night and Fundraiser Pics

P2P hosted Ladies Night on Thursday, and it was success: lots of ladies and bikes to be worked on. Beth and I weren’t sure what kind of turnout we’d get, so we were happy when 5 ladies joined us for some basic bike maintenance, like hubs, headsets and chain cleaning and lubing. It was warm, so we decided to set up shop in the alley, nice! Next month, 4th Thursday at 7, we’ll do it again!

Here’re some pics from our fundraiser dinner. We haven’t posted our own pics in a while. I hope to keep this up, since photos say so much.