Rides gaining popularity . . . as are hills

Taking a break from riding to hike in the cemetery.

This week and last, we've been exploring some of Sonoma's steepest hills. Our group grew from 6 to 10 riders as did the desire to tackle bigger climbs. Now's the time for great views and great weather so come join us! Meet at the teen center Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday at 3:30. We'll provide the helmets, water and even the bikes!

On the way up Michael Dr.

Now Open Wednesdays!

As of March 12, we will now be open Wednesdays as well as Tuesdays and Thursdays!
Our hours will also be changing for all three days to reflect the warmer, brighter season. We'll now be open 3:30-7:30 p.m.

If you haven't had the chance to visit, hopefully now you can. See you soon!

Old radio interview rediscovered . . .

Click the icon to listen to a radio interview from the KRCB archives regarding Operation Bicycle and Christmas donations. 

SVHS Senior Leading Weekly Rides from Teen Center

Sonoma Valley High School senior Bailey Zellers has been leading weekly groups rides for his senior project, starting and ending at the Teen Center. Zellers works at Wine Country Cyclery and is knowledgeable in both bike mechanics and safe cycling skills. He has been meeting riders on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the Teen Center around 3:30 p.m. and choosing the route according to skill and size of the group. Helmets are required and we have some to lend if you don't own your own. We also have a large selection of bicycles to lend out.

First group ride of 2014

The group as we pulled off Highway 12
On Tuesday the 21st, we went for our first road ride of the year. Urban cycling guides Paul, Jason and Adrian led 7 teen riders on a 9-mile cruise around Sonoma. The participants learned safe cycling skills and the benefit of wearing a helmet, as well as how to ride really fast downhill.

Join us at the Teen Center on the 23rd at 3:30 p.m. for our next ride!
Our route

2013 by the numbers . . .

Here's a glimpse into what Operation Bicycle accomplished during the 2013 calendar year:

Bikes ready to be earned or sold in the bike basement.
40+ kids participated in the Earn-A-Bike Program.

44 bikes were earned by teens.

51 bikes were sold to the general public.

15 bikes were donated. 

25 more bikes have been repaired and are awaiting to be purchased or earned by teens.

$938 was spent on supplies, tools and parts.

$2,288 was raised in sales in service. 

We participated in 17 Farmers' Markets by setting up a donation-based mobile repair stand. We did the same thing on the bike path for Bike to Work Day in May. We did it again at Whole Foods in August. All told, around 60-75 bikes were tuned-up or repaired during our outreach events. 

An example of what we do . . .

Here's a recent donation we took in from a frequent customer and supporter of Operation Bicycle. 

After a few hours of work and a number of new (used) parts, Jason was able to put together a bike that ran and looked great.

Here's what he did:

1. Located and installed new wheels, tires and tubes.

2. Measured and installed new chain.

3. Matched and installed new cassette.

4. Installed new seat and seat post.

5. Installed new front cantilever brakes.

6. Installed new shift and brake cables and housing.

7. Installed new rear derailleur. 

Saturday's Sale: Too Busy for Photos

Our second-ever bike sale exceeded expectations Saturday - so much so that we forgot to stop and take photos. We sold 14 bikes, paid three teen workers, had two others earning community-service hours and had four more stop by and work for bike basement credits.
On top of that, we took in a couple bike donations and found ourselves a new adult volunteer.
We also all ate pizza.

Crescent Montessori School, Community Bikes team with Op. Bicycle

Students repair a flat at Operation Bicycle's bike basement.
Santa Rosa's Community Bikes donated eight used bicycles to Sonoma's Crescent Montessori School last month, spurring opportunities for the students to learn, ride and work on bikes. Volunteer mechanics - along with Ms. Welch's middle-school class - met at Operation Bicycle to repair the bikes that they plan on riding from their classroom to the school's garden down the road.
Last week, the students took their bicycle knowledge one step further and organized a bicycle rodeo and education day for the rest of the school. It was a huge success as they learned helmet fitting, rules of the road and on-bike education.