That’s a dream of mine.
A shop of recycled bikes that people can afford. A shop with low end bikes for sale for people of all ages. Perhaps a sliding scale even. A program for under privileged kids. A place to come work on your bike, or just pay someone to do it for you – at a low cost. A shop with a commuter station where you could shower. A shop without douche bag mechanics who hate their jobs. A shop without $10,000 bikes and shiny lycra hanging in the window. A shop that doesn’t have a TEAM attached to it. A shop you could go to and learn basic wrenching skills for free. And the kids – we can’t forget the kids. The ones that don’t have shit for parents or any positive influence in their life – a place for them to come and get rad on bikes. Learn how to do a wheelie instead of how to sell dope on the corner.
Goddamn, sounds like a great idea, right? If only I had the balls to go for it.
I am so sick of making money for someone else. I want to be my own boss and have my own ideas. Dominic and I don’t want to be slinging beer and espresso the rest of our lives. For real.
Our local bike co-op is pretty awesome. The volunteers are selfless and patient. They all have a goal – to get people riding bikes. They have open shop on Sundays and Wednesdays. They have Women’s Open Shop once a month, on Saturdays. They have workshops throughout the winter on Monday nights. In the summer, they have Kid’s Night. Last year, we volunteered, and it was an amazing experience. I still can’t put it into words how much this program meant to both of us.
I went to one of their meetings on Sunday night and presented a proposal to the board for this summer’s kid’s program. Dominic and I are offering up our services to be co-coordinators this year. We are stoked.
It’d be rad if, somehow, someway, the co-op and my “dream non-profit bike shop” could co-exist together. I love MOBO. I love what they’ve done for the community. Bicycling in Cincinnati has exploded in the last 5 years, up something like, 200%. It’s because of the non profit organizations like MOBO and QUEEN CITY BIKE who have made Cincinnati a better place to ride. A non-profit bike shop just seems like a good idea too.by