Suburban Assault

My Bike Goals For My Community

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Here are some of my more ambitious goals that I would like to accomplish, when I get time:

• Start A Bike Tool Sharing Service – The idea would be to set up a system where folks can borrow and trade bike tools throughout the community. Folks will no longer need to spend a lot of money for that one tool that they may only use once or twice.

• Learn and Teach Bike Repair – Either it’s my inclination to tinker or my need for self-reliance, I would love to have the confidence and knowledge to make complete bike repairs. I’m good with the basic maintenance, but most drivetrain repairs – bottom brackets, hubs, cogs, cassettes, derailleurs, wheel builds, etc. – are a bit out of my league. There is a bike school in Oregon that I keep seeing ads for and I’m really tempted. If it was local, I would already be enrolled. Of course, I would love to pass on that knowledge to others.

• Learn to Teach Bike Training, Safety and Education – This might be the most obtainable goal for me. I would love to get certified to teach proper riding techniques and road safety so that I can start teaching the kids in my community how to ride properly. I can’t tell you how many times I see kids riding recklessly in my neighborhood – putting themselves in danger. I’m not sure why the local school system doesn’t offer this in the regular curriculum, but it’s something every kid needs to know.

• Start A Bike Local Co-Op – The combination of all my goals can be achieved through this. I would love to start a community-run organization, where volunteers and donations would come together to bring bikes, bike repair, bike and tool sharing, bike training and safety education to anybody who wants to ride a bike.

I’m sure there are other, more significant goals that I haven’t listed here. For now, these are the ones that I feel are important to me.

Written by dickdavid

June 21, 2011 at 8:48 am

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  1. All worthy goals!

    Steve A

    June 21, 2011 at 6:50 pm

  2. That’s a worthy list. One thing though, while going to a bike mechanic school would be great, I am sure, I bet you could do it yourself. A good book (I have Howard Zinn’s) to consult if you get stuck, and a little trial and error, will do it. My son’s friends will bring bikes over from time to time when they need a repair, and it is great. They save a little money, and learn something new at the same time, from either watching or hands on.


    June 22, 2011 at 8:48 am

    • Thanks for the tip. BTW, were you referring to Leonard Zinn for the book? That’s the only name Amazon is pulling up.


      June 22, 2011 at 11:22 am

      • I thought that sounded funny when I wrote it, yes, Leonard is his first name.


        June 27, 2011 at 4:57 pm

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