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Summer Ride Program

21 Jul



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!

Used Gear and Bike Sale

23 May

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!





Moutain Sports Festival



Industry Nine Wheelset

19 Jan

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!


Giving Tuesday

1 Dec

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!!

Mountain Xpress Article

19 Mar

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…

Read the rest by clicking here.


Trips For Kids WNC goes racin’

13 Feb

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”.

Industry Nine Wheelset Raffle

19 Jan

Industry Nine Wheelset Raffle is on. 

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.



18 Nov

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!

Bookwalter Binge

2 Nov

After a year of hard work, the team at Bookwalter Binge woke up to some potentially dangerous conditions and decided to cancel the ride.   Having food and prizes ready to go, the team chose to have  a lunch party at Pisgah Brewing,instead of the ride.   The place was packed,  the food was great, old friends and new friends mingled.

George Hincappie, Brent Bookwalter, Tejay Van Garderen, Ally Starcher, among other pros, kindly joined us for the revelry.  It was an honor to have these folks come out and support what we do.

We don’t have a final number for amount of funds raise, but when we do, we’ll let you know.  Proceeds will benefit our after school bike club partnership programs!!

Huge thanks to Jamie Bookwalter for spending most of her spare time this year grabbing this event by the horns.   We love people who support what we do!!

A Volunteer Needs Your Help

11 Aug

Click this link to donate:

2 yrs ago, Jaimee Johnsen moved to Asheville, NC looking for a change of scenery and a new start. Most of you reading this have been in that situation.

Jaimee jumped in feet first, volunteering for Trips For Kids WNC, and helping out at local races such as ORAMM and PMBAR. She got hooked on bikes and became so passionate about sharing her new love, that she recently landed a job working at Sycamore Cycles in Hendersonville.

She started training and racing and was becoming quite a fierce competitor.

On Wednesday, August 6th, Jaimee was wrapping up a training ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway, when a vehicle made a left turn in front of her. With nowhere to go, she hit the car with the collision causing her to flip over the bars and land in the hospital. Concussion, fractured skull, fractured femur, damage to ACL and PCL are some of the injuries.

We have all been in a position where we coule use a little help from our friends. Some of us have been in a position where we could use a lot of help from our friends. Jaimee is in the latter position.

5 days in the hospital, combined with recovery and rehab treatments in the future will leave her with a lot of medical bills. In addition, it will be a while before she can return to work and earn some income. Rent, food, and other bills will add up quickly.

The good news is that Western North Carolina has a tight cycling community. A community that supports each other in victory and defeat. And this is our time to come together and help one of our own. Knowing that it could be any one of us at anytime who needs a helping hand, this is our time to help Jaimee.

Thanks in advance,
Stephen Janes