You know how dry cleaning shops have tons of clothes that never get picked up? Apparently that happens with bikes too. Ruckus Composites, a Portland Oregon based Carbon Fiber repair business, is making use of those bikes that never get picked up- those that would otherwise end up in the dead pile. This dead pile has been accumulating since they started in 2008- and now they found something to do with them. They’re working with local and national non profit organizations as well as grass roots cycling teams, to repair and custom paint these bikes and raffle/auction them off to raise money and awareness for causes that they believe in. The proceeds from these frames will go directly to organizations in need, the bikes will go to the lucky winners of the raffles.The first two frames will be raffled in support of Presented By Let’s Race Bikes (PBLRB). PBLRB is a Oregon based project dedicated to supporting and enabling elite female cyclists to compete on a national level. They are breaking down the financial barriers associated with professional cycling by offering support to female athletes through crowd sourced initiatives. PBLRB has raised money to date with support from The Athletic and Sellwood Cycles in Portland OR. We are excited to work with them and proud to support their efforts in cycling.To enter the raffle, you can purchase tickets online here, the raffle will end on June 17th. Ruckus will announce the winners and total amount raised for PBLRB on that date. Tickets can be purchased for 25 dollars a piece, or buy 3 for 60 dollars. Tickets are tax deductible(?) and the money raised goes directly to supporting the wonderful and talented women of Presented By Let’s Race Bikes. All the details about the project can be found here.About Ruckus Composites: Founded in 2008 by Shawn Small, Ruckus is a Portland OR based company in dedicated to all things carbon fiber. From frame repair, to custom add on’s and after market products that complement repairs and the longevity of carbon fiber bicycle frames. Now with several employees and seeing massive growth, Ruckus is the leader in Carbon Repair in the cycling industry working with direct customers, bike shops around the globe and nearly every major frame manufacturer in the industry.
Speedway Cycles is hosting the Single Track Advocates Membership Drive tomorrow night (Thursday) at 6:30 at the shop. Stop by for beer and pizza, to hear about upcoming projects, and show your support for the group getting things done!
Sharing Wheels Community Bike Shop is a non-profit organization dedicated to “connecting unused bikes to people who need wheels.” Once a year in June kids have the opportunity to trade in their bike they have outgrown and get a bike that fits them. At the Kids Bike Swap, kids donate their old bike and receive a voucher for the value to be redeemed towards another bike Sharing Wheels has refurbished.
Sharing wheels needs the help of the community to help prepare kids bikes for the upcoming Kids Bike Swap on June 8th. To help join them at one or more of their scheduled work parties. Tools and snack provided, all skill levels of volunteers welcome.
Upcoming work party dates:
Thursday 4/10 6-9 pm
Thursday 4/24 6-9 pm
Saturday 5/10 10-3pm
Thursday 5/22 6-9pm
Sunday 6/1 10-3 pm
Wednesday 6/4 6-9 pm
More information at the Sharing Wheels Website.
Have you ever wondered how much a bike mechanic earns? Or how their salary compares to other careers like being a gardener or janitor? And which state pays the best for bike mechanics? Check out this informational slide-show by Don Perry with the numbers showing the good, the bad, and the ugly of bike mechanic salaries.
A touching video getting at what often is the root of the problem between motorists and cyclists, a break down in communication and a lack of understanding. What would your letter say?
Have a bike event coming up? Seattle, or the rest of Washington? Oregon? Alaska? Anywhere else? We want to help get the word out. Let us help you put your event on blast. Email us with the info and we’ll get it up.
Right now I see a lot of CX going on in Oregon, and Washingon- what you got? Tweed ride?- Got it.
Download a large and printable PDF of the infographic here: 10 Myths About Women & Cycling
Check out this series of Legomation videos put out by the city of Edmonton Canada. A humorous approach to public education about bicycle lanes in their city. It also confirms what I had already suspected, Canadians are strange! Although these videos do remind me of countless hours I spent as a child making Legomation in my friends basement.
Riding & Driving Safely:
Dial S for Sharrow:
Parkcycle, a social green space on wheels. That’s what John Bela of Rebar group and Till Wolfer of N55 had in mind when the conceived ‘Parkcycle Swarm’. consisting of four small mobile parks, the project explores the possibilities of the public sculpture, while at the same time raising awareness of cycle-power and green space trough a participatory activity. ‘Parkcycle Swarm’ invites city dwellers to pedal the mini park lands throughout the city of Baku. ‘Parkcycle’ has been specially commissioned for PARTICIPATE: Baku Public Art Festival 2013, which continues until September 17th. So if you find yourself in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan be sure and take one for a spin!
More information & photos here: Parkcycle on Designbloom.com
You can donate to a solid cause that some of our Seattle friends are involved in. Check out the Needle Gate Project