Dynamic Stability

Dynamic Stability Come see this
capstone project
by one of the
Bike Co-op volunteers,
Tess Witler.

With My Own Two Wheels

With My Own Two Wheels - Movie PosterThe Bike Co-op is proud to announce two Fort Collins screenings of the feature length documentary With My Own Two WheelsTwo Wheels weaves together the stories of five individuals across the globe into a single narrative about the bicycle as a vehicle for change. The documentary was shot on location in Zambia, Ghana, India, Guatemala and California.  Each screening will be followed by a question and answer session with the Producer/Co-director of the film Jacob Seigel-Boettner.
The screenings will take place at 7:00pm on December 7th and 8th at The Lyric Cinema Cafe.  Tickets for each night can be purchased before the event for $10 at the Bike Co-op or  The Lyric Cinema Cafe.  Tickets will also be available at the door for $15.  Seating is limited, so buy your ticket early.   Each ticket purchase includes a complimentary New Belgium Beer (For those of legal drinking age).  Hey, $10 for a movie and a beer!  Just try to find a better deal.
All proceeds raised from the two night event will help to support the Fort Collins Bike Co-op and World Bicycle Relief
Sponsored by Poudre Valley Health Systems and New Belgium Brewery.
Movie Trailer
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HuHot "Keep the Change" Fundraiser

For the entire month of September, the Bike Co-op will be the recipient of the HuHot “Keep the Change” program proceeds.  Patrons to the restaurant have the option of rounding their bill up to the nearest dollar, and the Bike Co-op gets to “Keep the Change”.  Both the Old town and Front Range Village locations in Fort Collins are participating.  So, get some friends together for dinner, and raise some money for the Co-op at the same time.

HuHot - Keep the change poster

Tour de Fat Volunteers needed

Tour de Fat Stage with band
Saturday, Sept. 3 – TOUR de FAT hits the streets of Fort Collins;  Yes!  This year the Co-op will benefit from a percentage of beer sales, valet bike parking and concession sales of T-shirts and New Belgium merchandise.  We still have 60 shifts to fill here.  And if you help with beer sales you need to undergo TIPS training the week before.  Note that if you plan to ride the TdF there are plenty of afternoon shifts when you can help and still pedal in the parade.   You can sign up for shifts at Tour de Fat here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go​/tour19
Here is where to sign up for TIPS training:

Aug 24th  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/tips6
Aug 30th  http://www.signupgenius.com/go/tips7
We also have several positions in bike valet, cleanup, and selling merchandise (t-shirts etc.) that do not require TIPS training. Please consider signing up on-line to help out.
Volunteers receive two beverage tokens and a Tour de Fat T-shirt!!

Please try to bring a friend, Mom and Dad, or even Gramma and Grandpa – we’d love to have them help!  Help the Co-op make Tour de Fat successful.
More info needed?  Contact Doug at president@fcbikecoop.org

Spring Bike Sale, and Kids Bike Swap!!

The Fort Collins Bike Co-op is having a bike sale on May 7th and 14th from 10am to 4pm.  We’ll be selling lots of top-notch refurbished bikes, some new bikes, and “As is” bikes to fix up yourself. ( at home or at the Co-op’s open shop! ) All styles of bikes are available including commuters, cruisers, fixed gear, single speed, road, and mountain bikes.  New and refurbished bike prices range from $100 to $600.  “As is” bikes and bare framesets are $10 and up.
The Bike Co-op also sells lights, locks, helmets, and innertubes.
The Fort Collins Bike Co-op is a Non-Profit, Community owned and operated bicycle project; as an independent and autonomous initiative, your patronage allows the continuation of our mission by directly supporting our charity, recycling and education programs.
The Bike Co-op keeps thousands of bikes out of our landfill each year while providing bikes for those who need them the most in our community.
On the same days as the bike sale we’ll be holding a kids bike swap.  Anyone can bring bikes in for this event.
-Get the outgrown kids bikes out of the garage and trade them “with a neighbor” for something useful.
-Beginning at 10 a.m. we’ll set aside a portion of our parking lot for a kids bike swap including:
-12, 16, 20 and 24 inch wheeled bikes (and small 26 inch or 27 inch bikes)
-Only Kids bikes please!
-Put a price tag on your bike, a “free” sign, or a “will trade for _______”
-By noon if you haven’t sold, traded or given your bike away, take it back to the garage OR donate it to the bike Co-op!  We’ll find a home for it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Give a Watt – Pedal it Forward

Two CSU departments are getting together to help promote health and increase energy awareness this Earth week.  For the entire week (April 18th-22nd) they will have energy producing stationary bicycles in the Lory Student Center Plaza.  The goal is to produce 15,000 Wh (15kWh) of electrical energy over the 5 days of the event.  This energy is going to be donated to BPEC and the Bike Co-op.  It represents about $3600 worth of electricity.  There is also a panel discussion on Friday (April 22nd) on Bike safety, employee biking rebates, and Bike rentals.
Please come out and support the Co-op by pedaling your heart out.
Event Flyer
Event Website

Tour de Fat, fund raising

Tour de fat posterAnother Tour de Fat in Fort Collins has come and gone.  This year’s event was a ton of fun, and a huge success for the Bike Co-op.   Thanks to New Belgium, this was the first year that the Co-op received proceeds from the merchandise and the DIY tents.  In return, the Co-op provided all of the volunteers to help run those areas.  This partnership helped to raise nearly $5000 dollars to support the Bike Co-op.
For the second year, the Co-op provided Bike Valet service at this year’s Tour.  More than 1000 TDF participants utilized the bike parking service and the Co-op was able to collect $700 in tips throughout the day.  The Co-op also received a stipend of $1000 from New Belgium to provide the bike valet service.
Special thanks go out to Co-op volunteers Doug Cutter (merchandising) and Anthony DeNardo (valet) for their work coordinating the Co-op volunteers for the two endeavors.
Of course we can’t forget to thank New Belgium for allowing us to participate.  Their generosity towards non-profits, and their love of bicycles has no match.
We’re looking forward to next year, just 344 more days to get costumes together.

Ghana Bike Program & Bike Co-­op Fundraiser, Film, Silent Auction & Art Show

COOP-GhanaFundraiser2010If the name hasn’t made it clear, this is going to be a great evening.  The plan is to show “Race accross the sky” the documentary about the 2009 Leadville 100 Mountain Bike Race.  This film depicts the epic battle between race favorite Dave Weins  and Lance Armstrong in Armstrongs first race back from his previous “retirement”.  If you haven’t seen the film, it’s worth the $10 admission by itself.  Just look at this great HD film action:
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But wait there’s more…  If you come out to see us we’ll throw in refreshments for free.
Still not enough?
Final offer:  The Movie, The Refreshments, snacks, local art, great auction deals, and the best looking people Fort Collins has to offer.  All for the low low price of $10.  So, show up early because we can only cram so many of you into the building.

Ghana Bikes Loaded and Shipped

The shipping container is loaded and on it’s way to Ghana!!  Saturday morning brought beautiful weather, and even more attractive people.  The loading went great, and we were finished before noon!!  451 bikes and a whole lot of spare parts are on their way to Africa!!  All thanks to a great planning by Lera Haines.  If you don’t know what I’m talking about, read about our Ghana Bikes Program

The pile before

The pile before (Photo by: Rick Price)
Photo: Rick Price

The Container before

The Container before (Photo by: Rick Price)
Photo: Rick Price

Then we went to work moving the bikes two at a time from the pile to the container.  It looked a little something like this:
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No, that music wasn’t actually playing.

The pile after

The pile after (Photo by: Curtis Heideman)
Phot0: Curtis Heideman

The Container after

Photo: Lera Haines
Photo: Lera Haines

If you missed out, you still have a chance to help.  We’ll be having a fundraiser to help raise money for the Co-op and our Ghana Bikes Program.  More on that soon.
More pictures can be found at:
Ricks Flickrstream
Curtis’ Flickrstream