2015 Community Used Bike Sale Sat & Sun August 22nd & 23rd 10am to 4pm in Press Bay Alley 118 West Green St.

Support Friends Bike Clinic by buying a bike or selling a bike! Last year most bikes cost between $50 and $150. Sellers pay a small fee to show bikes for the two days; sellers please RSVP to info@friendsbikeclinic.org.

Here’s more info for people who plan to sell bikes at the 2015 Community Used Bike Sale:

Sellers pay a $5 donation to Friends Bike Clinic to show each bike worth up to $100, and $10 to show each bike worth more than $200. This donation is due at the beginning of the sale. The donation is due whether the bike sells or not. Plan to show up half an hour before the sale (9:30am Saturday August 22nd) to set up your bike and half an hour after the sale (4:30pm Sunday August 23rd) to pick up your unsold bikes and payments.

We will have volunteer sellers at the sale so you don’t have to be at the sale the whole time. The volunteers can accept cash, checks made out to you, and credit cards. Credit cards can be swiped by Boxy Bikes, the nearby bike shop. Boxy Bikes will plan to reimburse you after the sale with a check. Credit card fees (about 3%) will be deducted from credit card payments. We are not liable for fraudulent payments.

We will have blank tags for you to describe your bike, give the price for buyers, and tell them who to make a check to. You can also indicate on the tag whether or not you take credit card payments. You can also give your phone number if it is okay for buyers to contact you by phone or text to ask questions about the bike.

The sale is for two days. We will provide indoor storage for bikes overnight. Storage is reasonably secure. However, we aren’t liable for your bikes, so you may want to take very expensive bikes home with you.

Bikes brought to the sale must be in good working order. This sale is not the place to sell “project bikes”. In particular, brakes must work well. Many buyers are students new to Ithaca who might not know how difficult it is to go both up and down Ithaca’s hills. We will have some tools available to make minor repairs on the spot.

Let me know if you think anything is missing from this description for sellers!

Thanks for participating! This is shaping up to be a great event!

-Laurence Clarkberg

Friends Bike Clinic Begins Weekly Clinics Starting Sunday April 19th 2015

Calling all professional bike mechanics, amateur bike mechanics, and anyone who wants to learn to fix their bike! Friends Bike Clinic will begin hosting our informal bike repair gatherings starting on Sunday April 19th 1pm to 3pm at the Quaker Meetinghouse on Third and Madison in Northside Ithaca. Basically we put out bike stands and tools and people help each other fix bikes. We have a basement full of bike parts people can use. And it’s all free.

Friends Bike Clinic is looking for volunteers to staff our clinics. No experience necessary. Volunteers work two hours a week, they learn bike repair and they have full time access to tools and parts. Interested? Contact Laurence Clarkberg at info@friendsbikeclinic.org.

Quaker Protest Is In the Air


Last Sunday Poplar Ridge Meeting invited Friends Bike Clinic to hold a bike repair clinic after their meeting for worship. I brought some electric bikes there for people to try, and with them the message that reducing our dependence on automobiles is important. We had some wonderfully sincere discussions, the type of interaction that Quakers excel at. Afterthoughts (a period after meeting for worship during which people talk about messages given during meeting) centered around the topic of protest, including civil rights protest in the past and the recent climate march. There seemed to be a general feeling that protest is in the air, and Quakers are called upon to lead once again. I added that the climate issue calls for a different kind of protest; it’s less of a “speak truth to power” situation and more of a “let your life speak” situation. Translation for non-Quakers: it’s less important to appeal to authorities (the government, the fossil fuel industry, and Wall Street) and more important to lead by example.

Community Used Bike Sale This Weekend!

Need a used bike?
Got a bike to sell?
Come to the Friends Bike Clinic Community Used Bike Sale!

Saturday August 23rd noon to 4pm
Sunday August 24th noon to 4pm
in Press Bay Alley at 118 West Green St.

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This Saturday and Sunday Friends Bike Clinic will host a community used bike sale in Press Bay Alley located in downtown Ithaca. Bring a bike to sell, or come buy a bike! We’ll also have electric bikes you can try courtesy of Press Bay Alley’s Boxy Bikes!

Sellers: Friends Bike Clinic is not responsible for sellers’ bikes. Please come prepared to show your bike(s) in person during some sale hours. When you can’t be at the sale, lock your bike and leave price and contact information on it for potential buyers. Don’t leave your bike overnight.

FBC at Streets Alive Next Sunday; Bike to Work Day on 5/16

Alex and Dan fixing stuff.

Alex and Dan fixing stuff.

Next Sunday 5/4 1pm to 5pm we’ll bring our tools to the Streets Alive event so that people can get help and help others fix bicycles. There will be many other activities including free electric bike rides by Boxy Bikes. As a consequence, we will not set up at the meetinghouse next Sunday.

Later in May FBC will host a “breakfast station” at the Quaker Meetinghouse for Bike to Work & School Day. We’ll be serving up oatmeal to all heroic bicycle commuters who stop by on Friday May 16th from 7:30 to 9:30am.

Please Welcome Our Bike-Mechanics-In-Training

Ithaca Generator has been hosting a basic bike repair class in the new Press Bay Alley space. Students are volunteering to help out at bike clinics this spring and summer. The schedule is here; feel free to add yourself to this list as well.

Bike Mechanic Training Class to Occupy Crystal Palace


Friends Bike Clinic, in collaboration with Ithaca Generator, is offering a beginning bike repair class. John Guttridge of Urban Core LLC has generously allowed the class to take place in his Press Bay Alley retail space, affectionately know as the “Crystal Palace”. Students who take the class will informally serve as bike mechanics for bike clinics this summer. Details about the class are here. You are welcome to sign up late.