Teen converts child carrier to hauling trailer!

Jose Solorzano packed as many bikes and parts as he could on his new bike trailer.
(We counted nine in two trips!) He donated the usable parts and recycled the rest.

Senior overhauling vintage bicycle for senior project

Sonoma Valley High School senior Alex Moya is overhauling a vintage Raleigh townie for his senior project. He plans on selling the bike when it's finished and donating the money to Teen Services Sonoma, which will use it to take teens on mountain bike trips.
Alex is shown below cleaning, greasing and repacking bearings into the rear hub of his bicycle.

Alex showing great patience as he overhauls a
rear wheel outside Operation Bicycle last week.

Schedule Change!

In order to bring better programing for teens and the public alike, Operation Bicycle has gone back to its Tuesday & Thursday schedule. We opted to drop Wednesdays to make sure we had enough staff on hand to serve everyone's needs.
We are also developing classes that will be offered on Saturdays in the Spring. These classes will focus on basic bicycle repairs and upkeep as well as how to ride those vehicles safely on the roadways. More on that to come!
Thanks for your ongoing support. See you Tuesday OR Thursday!

Bike Sale! Saturday, Dec. 13, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Sonoma Valley Teen Services is having a one-day, bike-sale fundraiser for its Operation Bicycle program on Saturday, 12/13, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 
There'll be approximately 35 used bicycles for sale, all recently tuned. 
Styles include kids' bikes, mountain bikes, cruisers and more, just in time for Christmas.
The sale will be held rain or shine, inside the Teen Center (17440 Hwy12). 
Profits from the sale fund Operation Bicycle, a program which provides teens a chance to earn a bike as well as a space for them and other communities members to drop in receive guidance on how to repair their own. 
*It's also been rumored that there may be hot chocolate and banana bread for sale!

a pic of some of the bikes that'll be available

Feeling like Fall at the Farmers Market

Sergio, José, Enrique, Jairo, Joel y Adrian, parking and tuning up bikes at the market.

A view from our parking lot, facing South, between City Hall and the rose garden. 

Our new street sign!

Thank you Bread for the Journey for funding our new street sign!
For the past year, we've been hauling a hand-written, A-frame sign to the side of Highway 12 to advertise our shop and days of operation.
This 3x3 sign faces eastbound traffic and was built to last by Sonoma Signs. It really brightens up the building and we look forward to the increase in foot traffic it's sure to produce.
Again, we really appreciate the support from Bread for the Journey for helping make our vision come to life!

Life in the bike basement . . .

A shot of the basement on a typical Thursday.
We've been busy this summer as more teens are getting around on bikes than ever! We've been patching tons of tubes and doing tune-ups for customers who want to enjoy the nice weather and long days, as well.
Teens' bikes parked outside the basement.

Teen builds beautiful bike with donated parts for SVHS senior project

Angel Valencia set out to build a bike. He started with a discarded mountain-bike frame and went from there. After months of earning credits in the bike basement, Angel used them to select and purchase each part he needed to assemble his custom ride. With hard work, skill and a timely donation of high-quality mountain bike components from Wine Country Cyclery, he assembled his dream machine. Congratulations, Angel!

Photos from our bicycle valet 5/20/14

We parked 18 bikes this week, down from 30 last week. But we had fun and were treated to corndogs for dinner, courtesy of two officers from the Sonoma County Sheriff's Department!
The group gears up for the ride downtown. 

Celebrating with a high-kick contest.

Bike parking + mobile repair = happy market goers

The Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition and Operation Bicycle have teamed up to bring free valet bike parking and a mobile repair stand to Sonoma's Tuesday Night Farmers Markets! We'll be running the station every week from 5 - 8 pm. Please stop by and visit us in the horseshoe, next to the rose garden. Our first event was a success and we will be running them through the end of October.