July Volunteer Highlight: Ogden
Each month, the Collective will feature a volunteer who has made an outstanding contribution from one of the Bicycle Collective's four locations.
Norm LeClair came to us for help repairing a wheel, and has been a volunteer ever since! He has a knack for spotting the problems that most shy away from, and getting the job done. Our shop is a cleaner and more organized space thanks to Norm's efforts.
How did you get involved with the Collective?
I discovered the Collective when I needed to replace some bent spokes on the rear wheel of my bike. Instead of a technician doing the repair, they provided me
a bench so that I could learn from the technician how to do the repair myself and prevent it from happening again. Interacting with the technician and the rest
of the staff while learning more about the Collective was such a unique and enjoyable experience that I decided to become a volunteer.
What do you enjoy most about the Collective?
Both it’s mission and the people running the shop. Repairing bikes to give freely to those in need is a great way to give back to the community. I especially like the kids give-a-ways and watching the technicians teach their skills to others. They’re knowledge is amazing. Finally, I enjoy being around all the people who run the shop. They have a great vibe to be part of.
What are some of your other hobbies?
I enjoy skiing, biking, and exploring the world at large. I have a long history of doing DIY projects, mostly aimed at home and auto repairs. I also enjoy sitting on my back porch or at a café with a good drink while engaging in meaningful conversations with my friends.