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Giving back-in 2 locations!

This past Sunday we teamed up with Two Wheels One Planet of Costa Mesa to help give back to the community. We decided to have two locations where we fixed bicycles. However, the team that headed out to a local park in Costa Mesa provided food, blankets and serviced bicycles. What was great about the Costa Mesa effort was the support Two Wheels One Planet (TWOP) received. Full Psycle (spin studio) helped by gathering donations, Shirley’s Bagels also chipped in by providing some bagels for the event. This was a family event where TWOP General Manager, Will Skeeters and Service Writer, Damon Sprague each brought out their families to help serve.

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The other group headed out to Santa Ana. The team consisted of yours truly, The Moe, Big A and Little D.
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Here’s a satisfied customer. We installed new brake housing, cable and made sure he was able to stop. He was so excited about it that he was walking around telling all his friends that we were doing all sorts of things to his bike.
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Check out the light set up this fella had. In previous trips, we’ve provided LED lights from Planet Bike and Serfas.
I may have to give those companies a call again to see if they’d be willing to send us a few more units to install on these bikes.
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This was a team effort to get this bike back on the road. We installed new brake housing, cables and lubricated his chain.

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Big A and Little D. Here’s a great example of teaching your kids to have compassion. Big A and Little D has been coming out to our events for the last 2 years, and each time they do, they have great willing and servant hearts to do what ever it took to get people back on the road.
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We try to head out as often as we can. Sometimes life gets in the way, but I can surely attest that it is completely rewarding to give back. If you’re ever in the SoCal area and we have one of these events again, join us! I promise you’ll love it. If you’re not in SoCal, consider doing something like this in your area.

Dads and Daughters giving a helping hand

On Thanksgiving weekend we assembled our volunteers to go out to Santa Ana, Ca. to help fix bicycles for the less fortunate. Moe and I had the opportunity to bring our daughters out to help. This was our daughters’ first time helping us out with bicycle repairs. So when we arrived we quickly set up shop. At first some of the people were suspicious that we were willing to fix their bicycles for free. But once the locals saw what we were doing, word spread rather quickly. Almost immediately they all started streaming in for some much needed help with their bicycles. Yes, that is a walker. It seems like we’re always servicing 1-2 of those each time we come out.
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In fact here’s the first one that was serviced. It needed a brake adjustment as well as some lube on the bearings.
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Though my daughter, Aleah and Moe’s daughter, Lizzy felt that they weren’t going to be able to help, we taught them how to properly lube a chain. With each bike that came in for service, the kids made sure the chains were properly lubricated. Here’s Moe and Lizzy taking care of a bicycle.
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We service all types of bicycles. From beach cruisers, hybrids, road bikes to bmx bikes, they all need some sort of attention.
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A while back Marcus V. from Freedom by Wilderness Trail Bikes sent over large boxes of saddles. Those have come in handy since we end up replacing a good number of them.
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Out of all the times we’ve been coming out, this has to be one of my favorite. This gave us the opportunity to teach our girls the importance of giving back to the community. One thing you have to understand, through the various opportunities and blessings that have come out of operating Bikecommuters.com, I that felt it is our duty to give back in the form of bicycle repairs. Sure testing bicycles, having Internet-stardom is great and all, but providing bicycle repair services for the homeless for free is VERY rewarding.

Here’s an interesting tidbit. While we were working on bicycles. A man stood about 20 feet away watching us work. Then about 15 minutes later he comes to introduce himself. He mentioned he was part of a volunteer group that was feeding the homeless nearby (50 feet from us). But he was in awe on what we were doing, his words were, “Wow, we’re just here giving them food, but you’re actually doing something to help change their lives…” He thanked me for what we were doing and shook my hand.

I do want to thank all the folks that make it possible for us to do this on a monthly basis. Donations from strangers and many of our readers have helped out so much. I also want to thank The Bicycle Tree. They donated a brand new Park Work Stand to our cause.

Mobile Bicycle Repair Unit: Helping again

Just this past Sunday we gathered some volunteers to help out with the Mobile Bicycle Repair Unit. We had a mix of mountain bikers and bike commuters.

We had a total of 4 work stations.

From left to right, Andrew C., Seth, and Jon A. Sometimes repairs were a team effort.

Officer Ben was on site to help out. He was our translator for the day.
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We welcome volunteers of all ages. This is Little Andrew C. He was very helpful in doing whatever we needed him to do. From lubing chains, to pumping tires, he would put in 100% for each task. In fact, he was showing Gabe Thunda how it’s done. This is actually Gabe’s second time coming out; he’s got a great heart in wanting to serve. Much like Andrew C., he puts so much effort into any task given to him.

One of our other young volunteers is Joey H. Though he hasn’t had much experience in working on bicycles, he was out there willing to learn and to serve.

Andrew “Doc” Li (wearing bandana) was there again. We call him Doc for the mere fact that he’s a real life Doctor. I really should ask him about a clicking sound that my jaw makes while I’m eating… Doc is working on a rear wheel that belonged to the gentleman on the left of the photo.
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This is Super Dan, He’s part of the MtnBikeRiders.com Race Team.

One of the services we do provide is wheel truing. The story behind this wheel is the owner said that someone inadvertently locked his bike at a rack. So he kept pulling and yanking on his bike to see if he could break the lock free. He did, but it messed up his rear wheel. When he came to us, the rear wheel was pretty bad. But I was able to true it enough where he could safely use his rear brakes.

Little Andrew showing the tires and tubes we replaced that day.

By the end of the day we had serviced quite a few bicycles. The most common repairs remain to be brake pads, chain lube and cables. I can’t even recall how many bikes we replaced shifter/brake cable and housing. So all those donations we received — from anonymous sources to the ones that were donated by people/companies we know — thank you! Your donations helped tremendously. We’re hoping to get more items like brake pads, tubes, some chemicals and possibly a new work stand.

I know that we have the manpower each time with ample amount of volunteers, but we just need more support via monetary donations and hard goods. There are several ways you can help and I’ve written a guide showing you how to do so: Help Mobile Bicycle Repair.