The Re-Bicycle Lenawee Co-op was open Saturday from 11a to 4p, and the place was totally hopping. Bill, Jim, John, Gary, Dennis, and myself were there working on various projects, and five teen-aged kids from the neighborhood were also hanging out working on bikes that they soon hope to claim as their own.
The way we have things set up allows clients to select whatever bike they’d like from those available. So how cool is this: one of the kids in the shop today opted for a wicked stylish orange tricycle.
While Bill, Gary, and Dennis spent the bulk of their time helping everyone else, John worked on shining up the old Fuji Special Road Racer that he began tearing into last year, which had just been reassembled. It was looking mighty sharp by the time he left.
Meanwhile, when he wasn’t snapping these pictures, Jim was drafting plans and a list of needed supplies for a utility trailer he’s dreaming up. He envisions a dedicated shop bike with a pull-behind trailer and a sign that we can use to promote the shop, pick up donated bikes and other stuff, and so on.
Finally, I made plans to go to the shop to work on one thing, arrived at the shop with something else, and ended up spending my time on yet another thing. But more on that in another post.
A lot of good came out of these five hours. I was in dire need for some bike therapy. The fact that so many kids were hanging out putting in time to earn a bike and learning how to wrench in the process, not to mention benefiting from some positive interaction with adults. But the greatest thing about our time at the shop on Saturday afternoon, I think, is that everyone was just hanging out doing their thing, and bikes were at the heart of it all.
This co-op just keeps getting better and better.