Friday, August 7, 2009

Bicycle Works

My wife recently fell into her perfect 1960's era bicycle: this Schwinn Traveler automatic 2 speed cruiser.
This boss ride was to replace her 1990's era Taiwanese mountain bike. But what to do with the old bike that just got bumped by the Schwinn Traveler? I didn't want to list it on craigslist because it needed a lot of work. I didn't want to trash it either. What to do?

Well, this city never ceases to impress me with new discoveries. My latest discovery is Bicycle Works at 4102 Shenandoah in the Shaw neighborhood. I got wind of this place from a kind poster on this blog that this place offers tools, expert advice and stands to repair your bike. Bicycle Works also accepts bike donations, from their website:

BicycleWORKS is currently accepting bikes of any style in any condition to support our various programs.

* Kids’ Earn-A-Bike Program
* Bicycles to Developing Nations Project
* Shop Support

Donations can be dropped off at 4102 Shenandoah. Donations are accepted between 10 AM and 1 PM on Saturdays and 7-10 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

You may also drop off your donation at the Alpine Shop in Kirkwood

All donations are tax deductible! And what a great cause. My favorite is the kids earn-a-bike program:

A Shaw Neighborhood resident founded St. Louis BicycleWORKS in 1988 to give area “at-risk” youths a place to develop skills, interact with peers and caring adults, and safely challenge the limits of their abilities. BicycleWORKS’ primary focus is the Earn-A-Bike Program for kids. Children are taught the basics about bicycle safety and maintenance as a means to build community awareness and personal responsibility. This is a free program where kids attend a series of hands-on courses held on Saturday mornings. Youths who complete the course graduate with knowledge about bicycles, skills to work as an individual as well as cohesively with a group, and a better understanding of personal safety. Graduating youths earn their own bike, helmet, light, and lock, and participate in a group safety ride with adults and peers. BicycleWORKS is the first St. Louis program to utilize bicycles as an educational tool to teach responsibility and good work habits. About 50 kids graduate from the class every year. To date, over 10,000 bikes have been provided to inner city kids through this program.

Positive Outcomes:

This experience contributes to the child’s development of self esteem, self motivation, and self discipline. An emphasis is also placed on social skills such as the ability to work as part of a group, and understanding the concept of “giving back” to the community. These youths are more confident, possess a greater sense of respect and respectability, and have a stronger desire to serve and improve their community.

Signing Up:

To enroll a child, please complete our enrollment form (a copy may also be picked up at the shop) and either mail it to the address below or drop it off at the shop (feel free to use the mail slot if we are not open). If you have questions about the program or would like to volunteer, please contact us at education@stlbikeworks.com.

Again, what a great place. What a great city. Cheers to Bicycle Works!


5 comments:

  1. That is such an awesome bike!
    I just wanted to put in my two-cents regarding Bicycle Works. It is a great place! I took in that totally crappy bike, and they were so grateful! The place was teeming with kids working on bikes, learning about their bikes, and helping younger kids do the same. If you have an old bike, particularly a kids bike, I beg you to take it here to donate. The service that they are providing to the kids is so cool!

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  2. "A Shaw Neighborhood resident" Um, that would be Roy Bone, who started the whole thing out of his garage. I volunteered for them back in the 90's.

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  3. visitisabelnavel@netzero.comJanuary 16, 2010 at 11:34 PM

    WELL I KNOW KIDS ARE MAKING THERE OWN BIKE AN ALL BUT THIS IS COLLECTABLE BIKE, YOU COULD OF GOT GOOD MONEY FOR THIS EVEN TOUGH IT WAS NOT IN GOOD CONDITION I WOULD OF BOUGHT IT, SORRY IF I SEEM SELFISH BUT I;M ALWAYS LOOKING FOR THIS KIND OF ITEMS THAT ARE REALY HARD TO FIND.

    LOVE THE COST, KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK. ")

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  4. ^visit, sorry if my post wasn't clear, the vintage Schwinn was kept and is being enjoyed to this day. The K-Mart Chinese bike was donated to Bicycle Works.

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  5. Love B-works.
    I'm there nearly every week looking for one part or another. My neighborhood bike shop often sends me there if I am looking for a part they don't have.
    90% of the time I can find it there. Plus they take all my parts I don't need anymore. (Though I'm sure I've purchased the same part more than once)
    Nice Schwinn BTW...old bikes are the best. New bikes have no soul.

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