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.
Cyndy Designs A Handout
Cyndy designed the above handout, which is meant to be a business card. It looks a lot like the tee shirts. Kickstand really needs something to hand out at events. We will be working and hosting quite a few
Volunteers should post their comments on Facebook or email them to email@example.com. Thanks for the hard work, Cyndy.---------------------
Getting Ready For Candoro
Above is John truing a wheel on Brad's front porch. Working with John is always instructive. This night Brad learned two things:
1) Let a good bit of air out of the tubes before truing a wheel. This prevents the spoke nipples from rubbing through the rim tape.
2) Do *not* pop bubble gum while someone is pumping up a tire.-------------------
New Bike For Erica
Erica works at the Lawson-McGhee Library downtown and has been asking about a bike since this past summmer. She got her wish last night. John and Brad had worked on a Trek mountain bike that is just perfect for urban trawling. Happy riding, Erica!
Minutes From This Week's Meeting
We had our weekly meeting at the Presbyterian Church at Broadway & Glenwood. Brad, Paul, John, and Alex attended. Jim from Greenlee's also came by.
We discussed getting bikes ready for the Candoro Bike Sale (see below). Brad and John will be getting a few more kids' bikes ready. Paul has several adult bikes he's bringing. Anyone wanting to volunteer should show up at Candoro Marble (see below) at 2PM this Saturday (7th).
We also made initial arrangements for our part in the Tour de Lights. We will be checking and repairing bikes before the ride. We need volunteers to ride for Kickstand as well as help us with the bike checks. No mechanical skills required. We need someone to organize the crowd and hold flashlights. We have four mechanics available.
Finally we went over providing kids' bikes to Bridge Refugee Services, getting bike racks for the church that's hosting us, and how we plan to organize the shop and schedule.
Our next meeting will be at the church on Tuesday, December 10, 2013. Any new volunteers are welcome to attend. The church's address is:
4th United Presbyterian Church
CANDORO BIKE SALE
KickStand will be having a bike sale at Candoro Marble, a community center in Vestal, South Knoxville. We will have both kids and adult bikes. Volunteers will be needed to sell the bikes and fit free helmets provided by the Epilepsy Foundation.
The event will be held on Saturday, December 7th, 2013, from 2PM to 4PM. This will be followed by Candoro's Open House at 5PM. We hope people from all over the area will come to Candoro & KickStand.
Candoro Marble is located at:
4450 Candoro Avenue, Knoxville, Tennessee 37920
Their website is at http://candoromarble.org/.
[Please note that all KickStand members are volunteers and that all proceeds go towards tools and other direct expenses. No individual makes money off of the sale of bikes. As usual, we also maintain a large stock of free bicycles. Children must be present for a bicycle or helmet.]------------
Bikes For The Holiday Bureau
Jim Gibson picked up some bikes for the Holiday Bureau in Oak Ridge. They have been restoring and distributing all sorts of toys for kids during the Christmas holidays since the end of World War II.
Jim picked up seven ready to ride bikes and three that needed a little work. It's nice to know that these bikes will find a nice home.Wednesday, 11-27-13
Paul, Alex, Bud, and Brad attended this meeting Tuesday, the 26th, at 6PM.
We discussed the space at the church and that it has electricity, water, heat and is dry as well as nearly rent free. It is located near people we want to serve/help and these are also people the church serves/helps. We are waiting on the church to move the last of their furniture out of the space before we move anything else in. We agreed it would be good to get the smaller stuff out from under tarps and in the dry as soon as possible. I am very glad the benches and shelves are not out in this weather, they would be in bad shape if they were.
Tour De Lights -
KickStand will do the bike checks, minor adjustments and repairs. We will need to bring wrenches, screw drivers tire irons, patches, pumps and a couple of stands as well as head lamps or hand held lights. We'll meet at Market Square about 5:30pm to set up. Daniel, Brad, Paul and Alex will be wrenching. Other volunteers are always welcome. Paul will bring t-shirts.
Daniel, what size shirt do you wear? I'll bring extras. We will try to pack everything up in vehicles to secure it, otherwise we need someone to stay with the stuff during the ride. Alex is going to outfit bikes with drums for the ride. This is gonna be fun. (He suggested doing regular neighborhood rides with KickStand.)
Candoro is interested in doing a children's bike sale on the 7th of Dec, probably at 2pm. I have not gotten any more details yet.v
Bridge Refugee services is putting together a children's bike give away to the children of refugees sometime after TG. KickStand is also going to donate 2 adult bikes to a Cuban couple through Bridge.
We have about 14 kids bikes ready and 5 adult bikes. Brad has not heard anything further on the donation of kids bikes to a charity in Oak Ridge, it is probably still pending.
Bud said Groundswell may be interested in partnering on bike sales to raise funds as well as bike repair clinics at their location on Magnolia Ave. He will bring this up for discussion at their next meeting.
We agreed that the next KickStand meeting will be Tuesday 3 Dec at 6pm at the church. An agenda item will be final prep for Tour De Lights--------------
Everyone is welcome to join us at 4th United Presbyterian Church 1323 N. Broadway, corner of Broadway and Glenwood, Tuesday the 26th of November, 6-7pm. Our new space is official. Park in the lot behind the church building .Tuesday, 11-19-13
Kids' Bikes Fixed !!
John came by my (Brad's) house Sunday morning and we fixed every bike in my yard. That fourteen kids' bikes in all. I'd done the easy repairs Saturday leaving some eight bikes needing more serious repairs and parts.
We began by assessing the remaining bikes and then heading to Borderlands to raid the scrap bikes stored there. John has a true talent with patching tubes and I learned about letting the glue dry until it doesn't shimmer before applying the patch. He also taught me about twist grips, which have plagued me in the past. In three hours everything was fixed up. Pix and details at the top of the >> Photo Gallery >>Friday, 11-15-13
If you would like to work on kids' bikes at my (Brad's) house (next to IJAMS in South Knoxville), I will be available on: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, & Saturdays from 2PM through 6PM. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll give you directions and my phone number.Thursday, 11-14-13
Bye Bye, Tribe One
We got the last of the usable stuff moved out of the old Tribe One building today. Things sure looked empty when we were done. This page has details and some pix of the final move.
Our stuff is all over the place. If you need anything, please call or write either me (Brad) at email@example.com or Paul at firstname.lastname@example.org. We'll be glad to help you get tools or parts.Tuesday, 11-12-13
Bikes @ Brad's House
Paul and I (Brad) moved some of the better kids' bikes to my house. Here are some details and pix. We moved tires and shelves to the Epilepsy Foundation. If anyone wants to help me repair some kids' bikes at my house, please write me at email@example.com and we'll set up a time. I plan on making a regular schedule before the weekend and you can drop by any scheduled time. Don't worry about tools. I've got them here, too, and live just down the road from our spare parts stash.
Epilepsy Foundation Yard Sale
Paul donates bikes to the Epilepsy Foundation's Yard Sale held Saturday, November 9, 2013. The location is at 1715 East Magnolia Avenue, near our old Tribe One location.----------
Tour de Lights
Mark you calendars for the Tour de Lights. The Tour is on Thursday evening, December 12th, 2013, at 7:00PM. Come early. Kickstand has been asked to check bicycles and provide repairs before the ride. We will need some volunteers for this. More details very soon.Thursday, 11-07-13
Wednesday & Thursday (November 6th & 7th 2013) saw Paul, Brad, Kevin, and Parker moving the bulk of the old bikes and parts out of the old Tribe One building. They got to meet the new owners who are going to start welding fabrication in the building. They needed to get in the shop to start wiring ASAP. It's really been a fast move given the (literally) tons of material to move. Check out pix and details of the move here.
We had a good turn out this morning for the biggest part of the move from the old Tribe One building. Paul, Kevin, Parker, and Brad showed up. Paul had a big, long trailer on his pickup truck. We piled all the bikes in the breezeway on it. Parker came in particularly handy because he is tall and can lift heavy things. Kevin sorted out the junk from the gems.
In two trips we moved all of the bikes and wheels from the breezeway and over a dozen crates of parts to temporary storage at Borderlands. We can't thank Bob and Borderlands enough for the use of their lot.
The only gear left is some furniture like shelving, chairs, and the two work benches.
In other news, Paul has a lead on getting us a place at the Presbyterian church at Broadway and Glendale across from Greenlee's Bicycle Hospital.
We are currently looking for a space to call our own. If you have a large area at least the size of a three car garage you could let us use, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. At least some of the space needs to be indoors where we can secure our tools. We have had success at other locations and can help with any needed repairs to a new site. Any leads to such a space would be greatly appreciated.
We have had a good week (Halloween week, 2013) moving out of Tribe One's old building. We have moved almost all of the valuable stuff, including tools and nearly completed bikes. We still have some bicycle parts and the benches to move.
Email us at email@example.com if you would like to help or have storage space we can use temporarily. Kudos to Kevin, Parker, John, Bud, Brad, and Paul. And, a nod to Jackie and Joleen for reminding us why we're here.
If you are a volunteer and need tools or parts for a project, write us - firstname.lastname@example.org. We will get the needed supplies to you.
Donate Your Used Bicycles The Bike Collective is always in need of working bikes and non-working bikes, bike parts, tools, helmets, safety lights, chains, tires and tubes. Contact us via email at email@example.com .