Posted by: Stephen | September 12, 2013

Bike Clubs

It is becoming more and more obvious to the general population that kids want and need a safe place to ride bikes.

We could not agree more and are now offering our resources to help that happen.  If you have been thinking about starting a bike club, then click the “Bike Club Partnership” link above,  read the info and then contact us to get the process started.

Keep in mind that in order to do this effectively,  it will not happen overnight.

We look forward to seeing your club be successful!

Posted by: Stephen | August 20, 2013

Fall After School Bike Clubs!!

Please consider volunteering and make a huge difference in some kid’s lives!!
We are excited about after school bike clubs coming up. We need some help to make these programs successful.
Tuesdays (Eblen Int) 3-5pm Dates:
9/17,  9/24, 10/1,10/8, 10/15, 10/22,11/5,  11/12,  11/19, 12/3
Wednesdays (Erwin Middle) 3-5pm   Dates: 9/25, 10/2, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13, 11/20,  12/4
Volunteers spend time with the kids working on skills, teaching etiquette, social skills etc.  You  do not have to have a lot of experience.  Basically know how to ride a bike and love working with kids!!
The program is pretty low structure to enable to kids to simply experience the joys of riding. With a combination of single track, double track and pavement, the kids really get the feel for mountain biking right on campus.

If we recruit enough volunteers for these dates, we have the opportunity to start a bike club at Oakley Elementary!!

If you can help, please contact Stephen 828-777-1022

Posted by: Stephen | August 6, 2013

Radical Reels Film Fest to Benefit Trips For Kids WNC

Doors open at 6 PM (on September 9) and you can buy tickets over the phone at REI, 828-687-0918

VIP tickets come with the best seating in the house (we will save the seats on the middle of the theater for VIPs), all VIP tickets come with a goody bag with items that total over $30, and VIP ticket holders get to enter not only the general Radical Reels sweepstake (REI gift card, backpack, tent, etc.) but also the VIP sweepstake (sleeping bag, Tifosi sunglasses)

Posted by: Stephen | August 3, 2013

Riding The Parkway For Kids

Jackie Cure approached me and asked if they could raise funds for us while they ride the entire length of the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Click here for the Facebook event page.

Click here if you can help them reach their $1000 fundraising goal.

Posted by: Stephen | July 23, 2013

Bicycle Thrift Shop

The Bicycle Thrift Shop will only be open on MONDAY this week.  Closed on Wednesday.  Sorry for the inconvenience.

Posted by: Stephen | June 26, 2013

Summer Time

Summer is here and we are riding!  Below you will find our ride calendar.  If you are interested in riding with us, contact Stephen:   I will get some paperwork to you and get you processed and riding in no time!!

June 26  Boys and Girls Club of Transylvania Co.

July 1 Children 1st

July 5 I Have A Dream Foundation

July 8 Children 1st

July 10 B & G Club Transylvania County

July 11 YMCA Youth Bike Mechanics

July 12  IHAD

July 15 Children 1st

July 17 B & G Club Transylvania County

July 19 IHAD

July 20-21 Jerdon Mtn Challenge/ ORAMM support

July 23 Black Mtn Summer Adventure Camp

July 24 B & G Club Transylvania County

July 31 B & G Club Transylvania County

Aug 2 IHAD

The Bicycle Thrift Shop continues to be open on Monday and Wednesday 2-5:30pm.  Come visit!

Posted by: Stephen | May 3, 2013

Spring 2013

Things are in full swing here at Trips For Kids WNC!   We have been slowly getting up to speed this year, starting in March with the Eblen Intermediate Bike Club.  In April we helped organize and promote our local edition of Take  A Kid Mountain Biking Day-Spring.  I was not able to attend do to a scheduling conflict. Instead, I was at Sandhill Venable School, helping with a bike safety rodeo.

Earlier this week, the first week in May, we led a trip with the AB-Tech early college program.  To finish out the week, and continuing through Monday, we are participating with Healthy  Buncombe and the Blue Ridge Bicycle Club to facilitate a bicycle safety rodeo for Owen Middle School.  We will be seeing close to 200 kids per day go through the program.

Thanks to I-9 for supporting us with a wheelset to raffle.  Congratulations to Marc Macnab for winning the wheelset!!

Coming up:

  • Summer program scheduling is still in the works
  • Mountain Sports Festival Used Gear Sale.  This is one of our biggest fundraisers and we need your help.  If you have used bikes, gear, clothing, parts etc to donate,  bring them by The Bicycle Thrift Shop at 89 Thompson St, Unit H,  or contact Stephen:
  • The Bicycle Thrift Shop will only be open Monday and Wednesday during June and July.  We have a lot of riding planned this summer and have to be careful not to overdo it!
  • Ryan Sigsby continues to prep for his attempt at the Tour Divide.  He stopped by The Bicycle Thrift Shop for a visit last week and is only $790 short of his goal:  Click here

And as always you can support our efforts financially by clicking here.


That’s it for now,  have a great week!!

Posted by: Stephen | March 14, 2013

2 Awesome Fundraisers

Racing The Divide For Kids
Ryan Sigsbey of Boone, North Carolina is living out his dream and riding the Great Divide Race this summer. Approximately 2700 miles from Canada to Mexico, self supported, by bicycle. Ryan will brave high mountain passes, grizzly country, river crossings, navigating through wilderness, and desert heat to accomplish his goal. But that is not all. Ryan decided to take it a step further and raise money and awareness for Trips For Kids WNC while he was at it. His goal is to raise $2000. Thanks Ryan!!  Click Here For Details.

I-9 Wheelset Raffle:

Click Here For Details.

Posted by: Stephen | March 5, 2013

2013 Events

2013 is rolling along with rides and events getting lined up.   There is a lot going on this year and I will update as we get more confirmation.  E-mail me at if you are available to help at any time!

Sunday March 10th: The Bicycle Thrift Shop will be open from 12-4pm-  Come on by!!

Starting Tues March 12 and each Tuesday through May 14th: Eblen Intermediate Bike Club-  3-5 pm

Starting Weds March 13 and each Wednesday through May 15th: Erwin Middle Bike Club 3-5pm

Saturday April 6th- Sandhill Bike Rodeo- 9am – 12pm

Saturday April 13th- YMCA Healthy Kids Day  9am- 1 pm (possibly a little later)

May 2,3 and 6  Owen Middle School-  time to be confirmed:  9am- 2pm (if you can only help for part of the day, we can work something out)

May 24-26  Mountain Sports Festival: Kid’s Races, Used Gear Sale


June  and July Summer Rides:  (Starting date TBD,  depending on snow days….)

Wednesdays-  Boys and Girls Club of Transyvania County

Thursdays- Children First: Project March

Fridays- I Have A Dream Foundation


I am also looking for an intern who is interested in helping develop/learn about running the Bicycle Thrift Shop and our ride program.   Contact for more info.

Posted by: Stephen | February 8, 2013

Sponsor Spotlight

This is the first installment of the “Sponsor Spotlight”.  Through our program sponsorship program, at the bonus for the Gold Level Sponsors is that we post an overview about the company or organization and what they do in our community.

The Feb Sponsor is The Western North Carolina Bicycle Dealer’s Association.  5 local bike shops make up the organization: Liberty Bikes, Ski Country Sports,  Motion Makers, Youngblood Bicycles and Pro Bikes.

WNCBDA is a coalition of locally owned independent bicycle retailers. We work together to promote cycling through advocacy, education, and community support. WNCBDA also helps support other local non profit groups that make biking better in WNC.

Please help us supports these groups:

Blue Ridge Bicycle Club

Asheville on Bikes

Pisgah Area Sorba

Trips For Kids WNC

Thank you  WNCBDA and everyone involved, for helping to make our cycling community a better place!!

For more information on sponsorship opportunities for your company or organization, contact Stephen at

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