Bicycles, Bikes and Bikers

(2nd attempt at mobikle post. Please forgive any duplicates)

I’m currently on a 9-day vacation in/on the San Juan Islands. It’s very bicycle friendly.

More to follow.

Till later,

Jacque – Out

Connected by DROID on Verizon Wireless

REI Bike Drive and BTWW Breakfast Fun

First of all thanks to everyone who came out and donated bikes to P2P at REI last Saturday. We hauled nearly 40 back to the shop! Special thanks also to our volunteer crew: Nick, Erika, Don, Paul, Jacque, Tim, Bernard and Bo. You all rock. Carol, the Outreach Specialist at REI, was fantastic to work with and very generous with the 20% off coupons!

In other news, we had a great morning with the Bike to Work Week folks while running the valet corrals.

Stine & Eric on the finer points of Surly

Bike to Work Week Breakfast, where Founders meet:

Spokefest: Bill Bender & P2P: John Speare

Some bikes are better suited to the racks than others.

"It's 46 pounds, but it really hauls on the downhill."


Mayor Condon had nice things to say about bicycling in Spokane.

Mayor David Condon (MD C)


Roast House Coffee was great, but MDC preferred Dutch Love on the day.

Don't Ride the Edge, Dutch Bros.Â


Even though no one in this photo is smiling; rest assured that somewhere, Kevin Parker is.

Triple Mocha? Breakfast of Champs.


In any event, MDC’s words were well met by these  “Church of the Bicycle” Crustaceanists . They share a devout love of the Clownfish, a sub-deity of our “Almighty Lob.”


"Hail Nemo/Lob, Full of Grace. Give us this day our annual pancakes"


Look forward to seeing everyone at the wrap-up party hosted by Steamplant Grill this Thursday from 4:30 – 6:30.

We’ve got the racks if you’ve got the bike.


Bring your old bike and exchange it for a 20% discount coupon from REI. We’ll be there from 9am – 3pm this Saturday, May 19th. Help the Do-it-Yourself Bike Shop and outreach like free kids bike tune-ups in low-income neighborhoods. Thanks for your support!

Traffic Skills 101 Class – Registration Open Now

Bike safety class information from City of Spokane Bike/Pedestrian Coordinator Grant Wencel.

Bicycle Traffic Skills 101 – Scholarships Available
“Even after 4,000 miles of bike touring and three years of bike commuting in Washington, D.C. I learned so much in this class I became an instructor” ~ Cindy Green
Bicycling to work, run errands, or for exercise can be safe and enjoyable. The League of American Bicyclists “Smart Cycling – Traffic Skills 101” class gives cyclists the confidence they need to ride safely, and legally, on streets. Learn principles of riding with traffic, predicting and avoiding motorist errors, bike handling skills, basic bicycle maintenance, and essential gear. The class is taught by certified instructors and includes a student manual. Recommended for adults and children above age 15, students age 15 to 17 must have a parent present. Class hours are spent both in the classroom and on street settings to prepare cyclists for a full understanding of vehicular cycling. Bring a bike in good condition and a helmet. One class is for women only.
The cost to you for this class is $10, is a non-refundable registration fee. The value of the class is $50. The City of Spokane will provide a $40 scholarship for each participant from the Comprehensive Educational Program grant awarded to help reduce pedestrian and bicyclist collisions.

To reserve your spot visit and choose Spokane Bicycle Traffic Skills and select your class dates.

Class dates: May 15 & 21; May 30, June 6 & 13; June 5 & 9, and June 21 & 23.

Bike Drive w/ REI – 5/19 Help Spread the Love

May is Bike Month!

Saturday May 19th P2P will partner with REI and kickoff Bike to Work Week with a bike drive! We will collect donations of used, unwanted bicycles in good condition for recycling, reuse and reintroduction to the wild.

In exchange for your donation REI has generously agreed to provide a coupon good for 20% off one REI or Novara brand item (some exclusions apply).

Help us spread the bike love:

1. Tell your friends with old bikes to donate. They’ll save some cash and be helping a great cause.

2. Volunteer with us at the drive:
*collect bikes or
*haul them to the shop or
*talk about our mission of connecting a recycled bike with a new friend.

If that’s not your cup of strong coffee, you could also get involved with P2P during Bike to Work Week.

Event #1 – Monday4/21 -6:30 – 8:00AM Kickoff Breakfast @ West End of Riverfront Park. P2P will play host to the valet bike corral.
We need help (obviously):
*setting up,
*checking-in, parking and returning bikes
*cleaning up

Event #2 – Thursday 4/24 – 4:00-6:30 PM Wrap-Up Party @ Steamplant Grill
P2P will host a 2nd valet bike corral.
We need help (the medication isn’t working):
*setting up,
*checking-in, parking and returning bikes
*cleaning up

Hope to see you at one of these events! Email Laurel – to sign up or for more information.

West Central Tune-Up Huge Success

In lieu of pictures from this event of our own, I’m redirecting you to the blogs of Pat (26inchslicks) and Hank (Shallow Cogitations), respectively.

Suffice to say we had a fabulous volunteer turnout that tuned up nearly 40 bicycles and fitted kids for as many helments courtesy of the Kiwanis Club.

Thanks to John Speare and Laurel Sylvan for organizing the crew.

Thanks to our friends at Taste and The Shop for treats and coffee on the day.

See you next time!

Shop Closed This Saturday

The shop will be closed this Saturday so that we can support the bicycle tune-up at the West Central Community Center. Come see us! We’ll be there from 9:30 till 2:30. Maxwell and Elm Streets in the West Central Community.