January 24, 2020

OBC Building Improvements

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Happy New Year! 

We were temporarily closed for some building construction. Our foundation had been slowly settling. We received some bids and BASECO was hired to stabilize the front of the shop. They were nice enough to offer us a discount when the repair costs were higher than anticipated. Corbin and his staff were all stellar to work with and we would recommend BASECO for all foundation repairs. 

While the foundation was being repaired, our staff and core volunteers were busy remodeling the front of the shop. We're back open and our space has improved significantly. Check out photos of our newly remodeled retail area. 

Thanks to Andy at Custom Store Fixtures LLC. for donating a pallet of Slatwall to the shop. Special thanks to all of the volunteers that helped us undertake this huge project! We're looking forward to a great 2020 season! 

Fantastic news! Please welcome our new Volunteer and Program Coordinator, Anne Maffitt, captured here in action taking pics of a volunteer group. Anne has some really cool stories to share, including tales from a 1.5 year long road trip and stories about learning to drive before learning how to ride a bike. Come meet her at the shop and follow us for information on new volunteer programs and our youth programs, which she'll get back up and running soon!

Michael is a cyclist, snowboarder, traveler, and independent Artist. Producing at the fulcrum of minimalism and function to create strong, lasting and remarkable memories. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

August 22, 2019

Adan Carrillo, Secretary

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Adan Carrillo became interested in biking while living in Seattle and Washington D.C., where biking and public transit were his main transportation modes. Since his return to Salt Lake City, he joined the Salt Lake County Bicycle Advisory Committee and the Salt Lake Bicycle Collective to advocate for and to improve the bicycling experience for everyone across the state.

He works for the Salt Lake City Community and Neighborhoods Department as a Civic Engagement Manager, where he encourages community members to get involved in the decision-making process of planning and building safe and sustainable streets, bike paths, and trails. Adan hosts "The No Spandex Required Podcast" on which he talks to the passionate individuals who pedal hard behind the scenes to improve our quality of life through active transportation.

 He holds a bachelor’s degree in technology management and two master’s degrees, in organizational management and sustainable transportation. 

August 20, 2019

Terry Wilmer

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'm 54 years old and I've loved bikes my whole life. I've worked with bicycles off and on since I was 15, from little mom & pop shops to some of the biggest players in the industry. I like to think of myself as a bicycle industry "hanger-on" and I try not to take myself too seriously. It's only a bike, after all!  

The reason I love the Bicycle Collective here in Utah, as well as all the other non-profit bike outfits on the planet, is that they remind me of the reasons I learned to love bikes in the first place. Riding my bike to work at my first job. Riding with friends. Learning how to fix bikes. Exploring new places. In my life, bikes have always meant personal freedom and I'm here to share that message. Bikes are for everyone, regardless a person's level of fitness, income or station in life. You may be riding your bike to your local library or you might be racing in the Tour de France, but goal is exactly the same. Keep the rubber side down!

Hi, my name’s Dustin. I’m excited to part of this organization. I love mountain biking and spending time with Chelsea, my wife  and Edith, my daughter . 

I began my career in the cycling industry as a junior road racer working and wrenching in shops to support my racing ambitions. At one point I had a 50 mile round-trip commute from Bountiful to Millcreek Bicycles. In 2010, I earned my USA Cycling Category 1 rank and had a top-20 result at U-23 nationals in the time trial. The following year I began working at Quality Bicycle Products (QBP) as a customer service representative. 

I became aware of the Bicycle Collective in 2012 after a snowboarding accident put an end to my road racing ambitions. In 2013, I was hired as the Ogden Bicycle Collective’s open shop manager and eventually helped move the building from Wall Ave. to the Fowler Ave. location. 

At QBP I took on an additional role as the site ACE Coordinator. This gave me experience organizing volunteer projects and working on advocacy efforts.

I’ve spent the last 3 years immersed in the world of disc-brakes at TRP/Tektro USA working as a warranty tech / customer service rep / graphic designer / human swiss army knife.

I love helping people learn to fix their bikes and enjoy the sport that has brought such happiness to my life.

June 13, 2019

Justin Leiter - Mechanic

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As a Utah native, Justin has been spoiled with great access to outdoor activities including mountain biking. Fearing that a bike complication will leave him stranded many miles away in Bigfoot’s backyard, Justin decided to take a course at the Collective to give him the skills needed to prevent this. Two years later he is back and happy to share his knowledge at the shop. In his free time, he likes to go on super fun camping trips and go snowboarding.

It can be said that Forrest’s career in bicycling began on his 7th birthday, when his parents gave him a new red Schwinn Stingray bike. Almost immediately, he went to work recruiting his friends to help him build a dirt ramp in a vacant lot at the bottom of a hill near his house. There he and his friends competed with each other, pretending to be like daredevil Evil Kneivel, racing their bikes down the hill to see who could jump their bike the furthest. Pretty soon, after one of the boys got hurt from crashing his bike, and the boy’s mom complained to the other moms, Forrest and his brother went to work converting the ramp and jump site to a small BMX track. There the kids timed each other to see who could ride the course in the fastest time. Forrest and a friend cut and paint tin cans, making medals to award to winners. 

In time, Forrest learned more about bicycle maintenance and modifications  as he moved on to bigger and better bikes. He also coordinated group rides with friends from their neighborhood in the L.A. suburbs to Malibu beach. During high school Forrest learned more about bicycle technology from his stepdad, who was an aviation engineer and fellow cyclist, and the two talked about opening their own bike shop someday. Unfortunately, that dream never happened after his stepdad passed away from a sudden heart attack. Over the years Forrest continued biking with friends, and with his wife and two stepsons, while also coming up with different ideas for developing his own bike company. In 2016 he earned an MBA in sustainability with the goal of moving from the social services industry to an organization that focuses on positive environmental actions. Meanwhile, he built his career in tax and cost accounting, auditing, and HR management with several accounting firms and non-profit organizations in the Los Angeles area. 

After relocating to St. George with his wife in 2019, Forrest’s dream of working at a bike shop and promoting sustainability finally came into fruition when he was offered the position as Location Director at the St. George Bicycle Collective. Now Forrest is able to merge his experience in sustainability, accounting, HR and nonprofit management with his passion for bikes, the environment and helping the community in working to advance the Bicycle Collective’s mission. Besides working to get more youths, adults and seniors to ride and maintain their bicycles, Forrest’s goal is to help the Bicycle Collective get more bike paths and trails built in Washington County, provide more training in bicycle maintenance and safety, organize group rides and social events, promote the health and environmental benefits of biking, and introduce innovative and unique bicycle technology to riders in Southern Utah. Forrest is very excited to be with the Bicycle Collective and is looking forward to helping it grow as a key player in the Utah bicycle scene. 

Women's Night Mixer:

Women’s Night is returning to the OBC!

To kick things off in style we’re holding a mixer on Wednesday February 19th at 6 - 7:30 pm.

 

Do you get saddle sore when you ride? What about back pain? Neck pain? 

Learn how to reduce some of the most common pains from riding your bike in our Bike Fit Basics mini class.

 

Join us for light refreshments, and to learn about the Ogden Bicycle Collective’s mission and programs, meet new friends in the cycling community, and help us to create Women’s Night programs that serve you better.

 

Schedule:

6 pm - Meet & Greet / Grab Refreshments

6:15 - 6:25 pm - OBC Introduction

6:30-6:45 pm  - Bike Fit Basics Mini Class

6:50 - 7 pm - Women’s Night Info and Feedback

7 - 7:30 pm - Socialise

 

Women’s Night

Bicycle maintenance has traditionally been a male-dominated environment. Let's change that!

Women’s Night offers a safe and supportive environment for females and those who identify to volunteer in the shop or fix their own bikes. Participants learn new skills, get practical help with their own bikes, and contribute to our bicycle giveaway programs. Join us whether you have experience with bicycles or not. 

For those working on their own bikes, there is a $10/hour suggested donation (more if you can, less if you can't).

OBC Women’s Night is on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month 5 - 8 pm, starting from March 2020.

Women’s Night - Community Rides 

Join us every 2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month to learn new trails and commuting routes, and make some new riding buddies along the way. Check our Facebook Events for ride details and RSVP, or contact . Rides will be cancelled if there are no confirmed participants 24 hrs priors to the ride start.

Women's night is returning to the ogden bicycle collective. This is a poster for womens night

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