If you ride a bike often, chances are you have a spare part or two lying around. What if we told you those parts could help someone’s dreams come true?
Evan’s story begins at one of our Bike It Forward events with the Chinese Newcomers Service Center. Evan, a young high school student, attended with the hopes of receiving his very own bike. Although there wasn’t a bike available for him at that event, Evan did leave with the determination to make his dream to own a bike a reality and the promise that we’d build it with him.
That determination spurred Evan to arrive early at the next two Community Repair Nights, events where volunteers and bike enthusiasts come together to fix donated bikes and prepare them for Community Bike Builds. Evan’s excitement about his bike grew as he worked alongside fellow amateur mechanics and community members and learned about fixing bikes.
With the help of our volunteer community and staff, Evan put together his own custom bike. Many of the parts he used to finish his bike came from the local community, donated through a citywide Parts Round-up held last summer. Thanks to your donations, our wonderful volunteers, and Evan’s hard work, he was able to make his biking dreams come true.
If you would like to make more bicycle dreams come true, please consider donating to our 2018 Parts Round-up during the week of September 3rd through 9th. Any bike part in useable condition is appreciated, but shifters, brakes, cables and cassettes and grips are greatly appreciated. Donations may be dropped off at the following locations during normal business hours:
Many thanks to our wonderful community partners who have teamed up with us to make this year’s parts drive a success.