Over the past two months our volunteers have been repairing donated kids bikes for Community Christmas. On Friday December 13th, we dropped off 133 bikes and 121 helmets. Thank you to everyone that donated their time and resources to make this possible!

 

Check out our inventory of refurbished bicycles!

We carry a large selection of used bicycles that are overhauled by our mechanics and given a multi-point inspection so they’re ready to ride out the door. Here's what's been built up recently at the St George Bicycle Collective shop:

Our inventory changes regularly. Check back frequently and visit our shop often! 

The St George Bicycle Collective has an opening for a Bicycle Mechanic.

Our Mechanic is an integral part of the team that builds on the Collective’s eighteen years of community bicycling initiatives, promoting cycling as an effective and sustainable form of transportation and as a cornerstone of a cleaner, healthier and safer society.  The Mechanic leads the effort to rehabilitate used bicycles, furthering the Collective’s contributions to its local citizens and communities.

For more information contact Location Director Forrest Woolman (435) 429-2666, and email your resume to

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

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! 

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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. 

The Ogden Bicycle Collective will be closed from December 24th through January 8th for the Holidays and Some Building Repairs and Rennovations. We look forward to seeing everyone on January 9th! 

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Essen grew up hiking in the beautiful forests of Virginia and pursued her journey west through Kansas to Utah. She hopes to continue her west-bound trajectory by biking the Pacific Coast in the next year. Before coming to the Bicycle Collective, Essen worked to develop refugee programming in a Title 1 elementary school for parent engagement and English Language Learners, through AmeriCorps VISTA. She has also enjoyed directing events, teaching kiddos in special education, and conducting social science research. These experiences helped solidify her love for community engagement with diverse groups. She previously volunteered at the Provo Bicycle Collective and is excited to be part of the Salt Lake team! She is passionate about the healthy lifestyle cycling promotes and the community the Collective creates. You can find her rock-climbing, camping, or scheming ways to recreate the mochi ice cream she buys at Whole Foods.

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12 March 2020

As the Bicycle Collective is a shared-use cooperative space, we wanted to make sure we reached out to let you know how we, as an organization, are taking precautions against Coronavirus (COVID-19). We believe “precautions” is the correct word as we strongly believe in taking Coronavirus seriously while proactively maintaining the Bicycle Collective at all our locations as safe space for the community to work on their bikes, purchase used bikes and parts, and create a positive impact for others. Now is not the time to panic; it is the time to double down on building a healthy and resilient community for ALL. 

Below are some new Virus Free BC Rules we are putting in place to maintain a safe hygienic space for all of our shop users. This is not a substitute for broader precautions, and we ask that you stay informed and up to date about COVID-19 from reliable sources. It is tempting and easy to go down a deep dark Coronavirus rabbit hole on the internet, but the information on CDC (Center for Disease Control and Prevention) page and Utah’s Coronavirus page is updated regularly. 

As of 3/12/2020 there are three confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Utah.

NEW “VIRUS FREE BC” RULES

  1. Stay home and do not come to BC if you are feeling sick. Our staff has been given strict instructions to do the same and as many extra sick days as they need to accomplish this. 
  2. A.B.W. (Always Be Washing) Rule. When you arrive at BC, we will ask you to wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds (the CDC way) before working on your bike and again after working on your bike. Our mechanics will be washing their hands between each customer they assist with bicycle repair. We will be asking our volunteers to do the same during Volunteer Night.  
  3. Clean tools, clean stands. Since we share surface areas (door handles, tools and stands) at BC, we ask that you again wash your hands before and after each time you work at a bench. We will wiping stands, benches and door handle down between customers.
  4. Gloves if you need them. BC will provide surgical gloves if you would like to use them when working on your bike. Feel free to bring your own if you have them. 
  5. Avoid touching your face directly with your bare hands. If you need to touch your face, use a sanitary method, like a clean cloth between your hand and face. It is virtually impossible not to touch your face, I realize. I have been trying. But you can touch it less often. Be aware of when you’ve just touched surfaces that might infect you (like doorknobs in busy places) and don’t touch your face until you’ve washed your hands. There are strategies — like keeping tissues handy and keeping your hands busy for touching your face less.
  6.  Keep your distance. It’s not easy, but try to stay at least six feet away from other people when you’re at work or in public. And don’t shake hands. Your hands are brutally efficient disease vectors.  Try an elbow bump or fist pump.
  7. No food or drinks on the shop floor. Since we are all trying to avoid touching our face area as much as possible, especially in community settings, we’re asking that you consume your food and beverages before or after you come to BC. We are going to suspend snacks during all programs. 
  8. Be Cool, Be Calm, Ride On. These are precautions, we are taking this seriously, and these are not reasons to panic. So keep riding and stay healthy because there has never been a better time to be on a bike. 

STIGMA AND RESILIENCE

Please read this article about the danger of stigma and discrimination that can occur when people associate a disease, such as COVID-19, with a population, ethnicity or nationality, even though not everyone in that population or from that region is specifically at risk for the disease. 

An informative article on Covid 19 virus with additional resources is here on Medium.

 

YOU CAN HELP

  1. Drop off your clean rags at BC (old washed t-shirts, towels…)
  2. Extra soap, disinfectant, surface cleaner, wipes, hand sanitizer (the anti-microbial, not the anti-bacterial type), surgical gloves, kleenex ? We’ll take em!
  3. Keep supporting all of your local nonprofits and businesses!

We are prepared to navigate through these challenging circumstances with your safety and confidence at Bicycle Collective at the forefront of everything we do. We will make our decisions with the health and well-beling of our volunteers, employees, customers and communities as our highest priority.

Thank you for your efforts and supporting these new rules in our shops in Salt Lake City, Ogden, Provo, and St. George.