KickStand is Knoxville's bike collective, an all volunteer organization dedicated to helping everyone with their bicycle-related needs. We meet weekly to repair bikes and to teach bike repair skills. We also refurbish donated bikes that are available to people in the community who can't afford to buy a new bike.
We are always looking for volunteers and used bikes. If you can help, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Saturday 12-2PM followed by a business meeting at 2PM
behind Fourth United Presbyterian Church
1323 North Broadway, Knoxville
- NEWS -Saturday, 03-08-14
Busy Saturday At The Shop
I (Paul) got more screws for the shed and went to the Epilepsy Fnd and got parts and the UT bike.Looked in at KARM and there are lots of bike there, hope to take my truck and get those Monday. Can anyone help with this? Monday morning is best for me.
When I got the to the shop Bess walked up and asked if she could get her bike she paid 25$.
A couple walked up after Bess and the woman, Brenda, asked if she could build a bike. John drove up at that point and helped her choose a bike and work on it.
Steve, the man who arrived with Brenda, helped me get the rest of the shed put together. (More on the shed here >>>)
Still need to put a few screws in the edge of the roof, but it is all up and mostly sealed and the doors are locked. I put the parts bins in the shed and will get more from the Epilepsy Foundation soon. The key is in the shop on the tool board behind the channel lock pliers. It is the lock off the door of the Tribe One space, so if you have a key to that please bring it by the shop so we don't have to make copies. What the shed needs is a mural on the side. A mural of the KickStand logo. Any artists feeling like doing a mural?
Sarah Brobst, a jeweler and sculptor, came by to get some junk parts to make jewelry with.
We discussed several things related to this... she would like to make a sculpture with bike parts and suggested we do an event where it could be auctioned/sold as a fund raiser.
We may need to change the date of our bike event from the 17th of May to the 31st as the Festival of Reading is the 17th (Bess confirmed this). Kelley Segars told me Every kid in Knoxville will be there. I am busy on the 24th of May.
How does the 31st of May work for you all? Sarah said she is free and could have a Sculpturedone by then. She also suggested doing an event at Ijams in conjuction with bike month, maybe apint night sort of event on a weekday evening?
Brenda finished her bike and took it home. Thank you John for working on this.
Life 101 Class
Below are some pix of John teaching some kids (and mom) the finer points of fixing a flat. They could not have a teacher better than John with his years of experience with all kinds of bikes.
I met with Mike to sell him the Specialized RockHopper everyone around the shop had loved so much. While I was at the shop, I did some work on two other Specialized mountain bikes. Just as I was getting into a repair, Kenta and Ryan dropped by. I hadn't seen these guys since the move, and it was good to see them. They were out for a ride, pumped up their tires, and got the new shop hours. Kenta may help us build a new bike rack which is badly needed. Below is Mike with his new bike:
Shop Closed This Saturday!!
The shop will remained closed this Saturday, March 1st. Kickstand volunteers will be teaching a bicycle maintanence class for teenagers as part of the library's Life 101 series. We will be open our normal hours Tuesday evening from 5-7PM.
Hank Buys 2 Bikes
Hank drives a truck for a concrete company and he and his wife are wanting to get back into road riding. He bought the Maruishi RX-105 for himself and a FreeSpirit that had had a lot of work done on and was in really good condition. Hank, we can't thank you enough for buying these bikes. They have a good home and we have now raised enough money to buy a much needed compact computer on which to keep emanuals and our accounting ledgers. Check out the bikes we currently have for sale at steep discounts here >>>.
Dan Builds A Bike
Pictured is Dan and his new bike. Dan used to work on his bike at our old location on Magnolia. He was the first to get a free bike in our "build you own bike" program.
He found a beat up FreeSpirit at the shop that I figured would take at least a couple of hours to fix up. He got it running in under an hour. He was wanting a bike badly. His old bike did not have brakes. Can't say as I blame him.
If you can't afford a bike at all, come by and we'll start you building one. This will also train you for repairs. A little patience and effort can really pay off in a good bike and a lot of self-satisfaction. Read more about our bike giveaways here >>>.
Groundswell gave us their old shed and it is in pretty good shape it will make a great place to store bikes awaiting repair and a few larger parts like wheels. We broke the shed down yesterday (Tuesday, February 25). Click here for more pix and details about the shed.
Bike Walk Knoxville reminds us:
"Mayor Madeline Rogero is preparing the annual Knoxville City Budget. Please contact her (email@example.com) and let her know that you support funding for bike and pedestrian infrastructure in the city budget.
"Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett (firstname.lastname@example.org) is developing Knox County‘s budget; please send him the same message."------------------
Tom Likes His New Bike:
"Sorry it has taken me so long to reply, with the weather we've been having yesterday was my first chance to ride it.
"I absolutely love this bike. I rode around my neighborhood and it was great. I took a couple small hills and you were right, they were easy.
"Thank you again for the excellent bike."
We are glad you like your new bike, too, Tom. Keep an eye on the site and Facebook page for casual rides we'll be hosting this upcoming Spring.------------------
Specialized RockHopper For Sale
Check out this beauty. Twenty-seven speed with shimano Deore shifting. Best bike I've seen since I've been with Kickstand. More pix and details here >>>.------------------
Life 101 Bike Maintenance Class
Life 101 will host a bike maintenance class taught by those of us at Kickstand. We'll be covering all phases of fixing a flat, brake & derailleur adjustment, cleaning, lubing, and fitting your bike. Be there at Lawson-McGhee Library, Downtown, on March 1, 2014, at 2PM (downstairs meeting room).------------------
A young man named Aden came by with his mom and worked on a bike with Brad.They got the bike running and Aden rode it around the parking lot for a long time. We also fitted him with a new helmet. They will get a bike carrier and come back to pick the bike up soon. Aden put quite a bit of time in on his new bike. Check him out with Brad below:
Fourth United Presbyterian
We can't thank Fourth United Presbyterian Church for generously providing Kickstand with a place to work. And, it is not just us. here are some other groups that benefit from Fourth United's generous spirit in sharing their building.------------------
Brad and I (Paul) were at the shop today and it was a wonderful day.
I went to the copy shop and got flyers printed with the address and shop hours updates. Thanks, Cyndy for putting that together.I took some bikes to the shop for parts and Brad got three or 4 working.
A young man, Aden, came by with his mom and worked on a bike with Brad.They got the bike running and Aden rode it around the parking lot for a long time. We also fitted him with a new helmet. They will get a bike carrier and come back to pick the bike up soon.It is the only 20 inch five speed with gray tires in the shop.
Cliff came by and donated a couple of Mnt bikes that are pretty worn out, but hopefully can be made nice. I took one home to work on. Cliff said he would tell the Mnt bike club we are looking for volunteers.
Liz, the assistant pastor, came by and took the pew away and showed us where we can put the doors to get them out of the shop. We also discussed garbage pick up which is on Friday, the can should be put on the curb at the end of the driveway. She said she would ask the Sessions about several things for us and does not see any problem with:
KickStand putting a small storage shed in the back yard.(Does anyone know of a storage/garden shed that might be donated?)
Liz will also ask about KickStand donating bikes to needy folks that the church serves. She would like to participate in an event when we invite WBIR to come to the shop.
She said the church would be interested in helping out with a community bike ride perhaps in May. (What dates, probably a Saturday, in May works for you all to do a community bike ride?)
The church is probably interested in getting a bike parking rack through the TPO. I will send the application info to her.
The church office is open:
Liz put a link to our web site from the church website with the KickStand email. She also linked to our facebook page.
Liz said I can copy the key to the Church and give it to Brad. I will put the alarm code on the key.
The shop was open its regular hours of 5-7PM tonight. We sold the two mountain bikes we had for sale. Don't worry, we've got more bikes in the works that we plan to sell. We are also stocking up for future bike giveaways. Anyone wanting to help is welcome to volunteer. Mechanic training and tools provided at no cost.
Everyone is welcome to drop by and make themselves at home during our hours this Saturday from noon until around 3PM. We'll be finishing up a mountain bike that will be given away and starting another similar mountain bike that might sell.
The funds from the sales have really made a difference in the shop. We have needed tools and bike specific lubricants and cleaners that make quick work of reconditioning donated bikes.------------------