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Brad and Hanna were at the shop for Hannah's training. She's really up to speed. They started building a bike that had several problems and ended up stripping that bike down.

Paul came by and installed two new ceiling light fixtures. It really makes a difference. Working on a bike requires a lot of light from a lot of angles. Lots of shadows otherwise.

hanna cleaning schwinn


Chris opened Tuesday and went straight to sorting parts. He's been doing an excellent job that's already been noticed. It's much easier searching for something.

Lary and Don joined in. Lary working on several children's bikes. Don doing public repairs like replacing a derailleur.

Caroline Cooley brought a friend by to check us out before the bicycle summit. I hope it wasn't an inspection. We're about half-way to clean. Don's even washing the shop aprons. Some of those could walk around by themselves.

First Spring Saturday

We had an incredible Saturday! So many projects and bikes were completed!

Brad fixed Donna Dixon's bike - she is from Maryville and is considering starting up a Bike Collective there. KickStand will help her group by donating some bikes.

Helena donated a Raleigh and a Schwinn - nice bikes that we will repair and add to our stock.

John Meyer, Brad, Lary, and two new volunteers, John Goethert and his son Cooper, moved bricks from our stockpile and filled in the walkway area outside the shop.

Mikel Davis donated four bikes and bought one of our 24" models for his daughter.

We were very busy repairing bikes today - John Meyer, KickStand's Bike Guru, corrected a lingering shift problem on a nice Trek bike; it's now for sale - see our "Bikes For Sale" page at www.knoxbikecollective.com. He also rebuilt an ailing coaster brake unit on a single speeder.

Lary, John G., and Cooper collected, sorted, and corralled all the rims, tires, and inner tubes that were in the shed and the shop - these guys were on fire today! The photos show the work in progress.

Paul, John, and Lary met to discuss the design of the next phase of our walkway - thanks again to Don for his guidance on this project.

Paul repaired several bikes, and helped a volunteer do a lengthy headset replacement on his bike, which also had a major rear brake problem.

One Of Our Most Productive Days

Kickstand had one of its most productive days ever today, Tuesday, March 17th. The biggest news is that Don, Lary, and The Boys layed pavers from the shed to our shop's front door. Now the shed has a porch that can be used for working outdoors this summer! Pix below.

Lary and Brad finished two bikes that were promised to a couple of teen girls. One of the bikes needed quite a bit of work. It had no rear derailleur or cable, the wheels needed truing and bearing work, and the cantilever brakes needed a lot of adjusting.

Chris came in and began the huge task of clearing out bins. We have sooooo much stuff that really needs to be recyled, and even more stuff that is in the wrong place. Chris is very well organized and perfect for the job of sorting things out. He's really getting the place looking good for the upcoming Bike Summit.

Don proudly sold a bike he had restored. A Specialized HardRock GSX. A great old bike and Don did an excellent job on it.

Mark Chapman came by looking for some frames for summer projects. He found an old 3-speed and a nice Haro frame with wheels and some of the mechanicals. The Haro he's building for a friend. What a great friend to have. He donated a grocery bag full of water cages. We can't get enough water cages, reflectors, and kickstands. Thanks, Mark




Busy, Rainy Saturday

What a Saturday!! Brad & Lary opened and Chris soon joined them. It was very busy despite the rain. Jim Kimble came by with four boxes of parts and some specialty tools including some Shimano bottom bracket wrenches. He brought wheels, tires, a pump, and lots of freehub gears and cassettes. These will be put to good use almost immediately. He also gave us quite a few water cages.

We also got a visit from an old friend, Kent Turnbull. He brought his son Stuart today. No, he didn't donate Stuart, but did donate two bikes, and a sandwich board sign!! We've been needing a sign to mark the parking lots location and for special events. Thanks Kent.

Kent left us a big donation Tuesday with a good selection of mountain bike handlebars, cranks, etc.

Finally, Kent emailed me a handy frame size fitting chart. It's a small .DOC file you can download here.

We saw Gary today. He's a volunteer that has an incredible knowledge of bicycles and bicycling, especially older bikes. He's building a beach bike at his house and came by to make a donation and pick out some parts. It was great seeing him.

Chris installed a rear derailleur on his Gary Fisher (oooo la la) bike. He got it right the first time.

Lary reworked a wheel on the Murray beach bike we have for sale. Pic below. He then got right to work on a bike for a family that dropped by needing three bikes. We sold them one and have two more to get built for them.

Several people came by in the rain to look at bikes. We sold four and that will go to parts for build-a-bike. We can't thank our customers and donors enough. We are having a Boys & Girls Clubs bike giveaway this upcoming week. This is what our donors and sponsors make possible. That and we keep Lary and Chris from roaming the streets.

Hannah Hard At Work

Hannah & Brad opened the shop Tuesday. It was an early opening at noon so Hannah could get some training in. She's doing very, very well. She can do wheel service and ajust brakes. She learned how to adjust derailleurs today, and did great. She's almost wrapped up her basic training. She just has to apply what she knows now to a couple of bike restorations.