3 weeks ago I got a call that the storage container at Erwin Middle had been broken into and that bikes were stolen. Once the dust settled, we found that more than 30 of the fleet of 40 bikes had been stolen.
This bike club, started with a grant from Healthy Buncombe, in conjunction with Liberty Bikes, and some key individuals: Tracey Armstrong and Tracy Malone, was just about to start it’s 9th year of serving the kids at Erwin Middle and Eblen Intermediate.
Each week, 2 days per week, during the school year, anywhere from 15-20 kids gather, with the help of a great crew of volunteers gathers for an opportunity that they would not otherwise have. Kids excitedly fit helmets, check bikes for safety and then ride around trails on campus, learning bike handling skills and gaining confidence that will help them down the road in life.
Bike clubs are such an amazing and simple way to provide life changing, positive experiences for the youth in our communities.
But now, due to the pillaging of the Erwin bike fleet, this opportunity is at risk of being lost.
You can probably guess what is coming next: We need your help.
Here are some easy ways for you to help:
- Donate funds so we can purchase new bikes- Click Here to Donate.
- Donate used bikes/parts/gear at The Bicycle Thrift Shop All donations are sold and funds raised contribute to the program.
- Spread the word and help us raise the funds needed to restore the fleet.
If you have any questions or concerns (or leads in the theft) contact Stephen: firstname.lastname@example.org or 828-777-1022
Thanks for your time and support. I am blessed to work in such an amazing community which cares about the future of our youth!
So far this summer we have provided mountain bike outings to over 100 local youth. Our typical ride involves meeting at a local area, usually The NC Arbortetum/Bent Creek. Once we gather, we teach the kids about proper helmet fit. Then we move on to bikes, how they work and get the kids fitted with the proper size bike. Once each youth has a bike, we talk about trail etiquette and ride safety.
Then we ride. It is great to see how much the kids enjoy the ride and learn about nature at the same time. Keep in mind, most of these kids rarely or never get to venture into the woods. One of our favorite quotes: “It smells like trees!”
Did you know that we do not charge anything for our trips? This is where we need your help. It costs $50 per trip per kid to provide these outings. Outings that would most likely not happen if there was a fee involved.
Please consider donating to help us continue fulfilling our mission: Click Here to Donate.
Thanks for your time!
This weekend, May 27-29, stop by Carrier Park in Asheville for The Mountain Sports Festival. A free festival with great music, food, events and vendors.
We will move the contents of The Bicycle Thrift Shop to the festival for the weekend for our Used Gear and Bike Sale, one of our biggest fundraisers of the year!
Once again, Industry Nine has generously donated a wheel set to help us fund our ride programs. We are currently trying to raise the funds to purchase bikes for a new after school bike club here in the WNC mountains.
Thanks for your support, we have a winner!
Today we are giving thanks. Thanks for people like you who give generously throughout the year. You have no idea how much we appreciate your giving, and how much of a positive affect your generosity has on our community.
We are looking forward to another great year getting kids on bikes!!
At first glance, the 600-square-foot Bicycle Thrift Shop looks like a cubbyhole for discarded jerseys, muddied cleats and bikes that have been down a few trails. But a closer look reveals a gold mine for cycling enthusiasts on a budget…
Congrats to one of our awesome volunteers, Jebediah Wilcons!! Not only does he volunteer for after school bike clubs, but he is part of our grassroots race team, out there spreading the word about what we do, and challenging himself at the same time. We appreciate you, Jebediah!
Jebediah’s race report:
“First race of the season in the bag. Windy day in Greenville, SC for the Hincapie spring training series. Two guys went off the front after some sharp attacks, two by yours truly, and weren’t seen again. I attacked what was left of the field with 11 miles to go and brought another rider with me. We stayed clear of the shattered pack and worked really well together. I put in my run for the line a little early, 350 meters out, and caught the rider I had been working with a bit off guard and held him off putting the wnc trips for kids jersey on the podium. Good day”.
Click the link above to get your ticket before it is too late.
Only 100 tickets available. Drawing will be held when all 100 tickets are sold.
Happy 4 year Anniversary!
Thanks to an amazing community, we have successfully completed 4 yrs of providing mountain bike outings to youth who would not otherwise have that opportunity.
Thanks to all of the individuals, organizations, companies, bike shops etc who have made this program possible. Working together, I firmly believe that we have made our community a better place.
We are looking forward to another full year of riding.
Thank you Western North Carolina and beyond!