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

29 April 2014 by Laurence Clarkberg

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.

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Please Welcome Our Bike-Mechanics-In-Training

11 April 2014 by Laurence Clarkberg

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.

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Bike Mechanic Training Class to Occupy Crystal Palace

03 April 2014 by Laurence Clarkberg

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.

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Poplar Ridge Welcomes FBC

25 September 2013 by Laurence Clarkberg

This month I traveled to Poplar Ridge Meeting (about half an hour northeast of Ithaca) not knowing what to expect. What I found was a vibrant welcoming meeting that had about a dozen bikes for us to work on together. One person gave me a chocolate bar, another brought bowls of soup, and my host Andrew Simkin gave me expert assistance and great conversation as we worked together. What a joy!

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Hang Out and Help Out on September 1st and 8th Workdays

30 August 2013 by Laurence Clarkberg

We held our final downtown bike repair clinic for the season on August 20th and our final meetinghouse clinic on August 25th. However, there is still work to be done! Over the season we’ve accumulated lots of bike parts and we haven’t had time to sort through them. If you’d like to help us do that, come to the meetinghouse at our regularly scheduled time of 1pm to 3pm on September 1st and 8th.

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Super Rosie!

19 June 2013 by Laurence Clarkberg

super-rosie

A big thanks to our spring interns Rosie Altucher (above) and Andrew Lem. You guys fearlessly and relentlessly helped dozens of people fix their bikes. And a big welcome to our summer interns: Morgan Michel-Schottman and (returning for a second term) Andrew Lem.

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Parade Pictures

30 May 2013 by Laurence Clarkberg

Friends Bike Clinic joined the Ithaca Festival Parade this year, first by doing a security sweep by bike and then by marching with the Ithaca Generator makerspace. Thanks to Xanthe Matychak for most of these photos. More photos here.

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Wrenchin’ and Rockin’ at the Ovid Plant Sale and at Bike to Work Day

20 May 2013 by Laurence Clarkberg

Our latest bike clinics have been well attended, with several people coming to the downtown clinic last week and half a dozen people attending the meetinghouse clinic yesterday. We’ve also been holding clinics at various events. Last week I traveled to the Ovid Library where my friend Shannon O’Connor was managing their annual plant sale. I enjoyed their hospitality and I helped several people fix their bikes. And last Thursday Friends Bike Clinic hosted a breakfast station at the meetinghouse for 40 people or so who biked to work for national Bike to Work Day.

A side note: I am starting an electric bike cooperative at Ecovillage with my friend and fellow electric bike enthusiast David McCobb. We held an informal gathering at Ecovillage yesterday that was well-attended. David and I combined our fleets of electric bikes so that we had almost a dozen bikes of various sizes and capacities for people to try.

-Laurence

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Off to a Good Start

07 May 2013 by Laurence Clarkberg

Friends Bike Clinic is off to a good start this season. We’ve hired two interns, Rosie Altucher and Andrew Lem, to staff two weekly clinics. We’ve forged a good relationship with Ithaca Generator, a makerspace that recently opened in downtown Ithaca. Ithaca Generator welding students have constructed several projects for Friends Bike Clinic, including a cart, a tall bike, and a chopper bike. In April we helped a troop of boy scouts prepare for an extended bike tour, and we’ve held several mobile clinics, including one at Ithaca College at the request of Bomber Bikes and most recently at the Streets Alive! festival in Ithaca. Stay tuned for more friendly bike clinic action!

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