Volunteer Highlight - Abby Mars

How did you get involved with the collective? 

My first experience with the Collective was several years ago when I bought an older bike off Craigslist and wanted to swap out some parts. I had no idea what I was doing with riding or working on that thing and I don't think I ended up riding it much, but the tinkering bit was the fun part anyway. Shortly after that I moved to Colorado for a little while before turning around and coming back to Salt Lake a year and a half later. Last fall, I was on sabbatical from work and looking for volunteer opportunities to help me keep busy and engage with the community now that I'm back for good, so I wandered into the Bicycle Collective during Friday morning volunteer hours. I was pretty much hooked right away because you get to work on so many different types of bikes over the course of one volunteer session, which scratches my urge to tinker without having to dismantle my own bike every week!

What do you enjoy most about the collective?

Working on Goodwill bikes has been a really fun way to become a little less clueless about riding and fixing up my own bikes, for one thing. There's nothing like dismantling an old bike to re-use the parts to help you understand how everything fits together. It's also been a great group of people to hang around with and get to know. (And the snacks during volunteer night certainly don't hurt either.)

Tell us more about how cycling has impacted your life.

I work remotely from my home, so I'm always on the lookout for excuses to get out of the house during the week, and cycling around town is a great one. Often I'll ride down to the coffee shop for a change of scenery while I work, or do a few laps around town when I'm done for the day. I had a bike as a kid that I loved to ride around the neighborhood, but I didn't ride much after I started high school. It wasn't until these last few years that I rediscovered how much I love poking around on a bicycle with no particular destination in mind. It's such a fun way to explore, especially in a city like Salt Lake where not much of town is very pedestrian-friendly. 

What are some of your other hobbies? 

On the same sabbatical when I started coming to the Collective, I also signed up for a piano class up at the U! Playing piano is another thing I did as a kid and lost sight of until recently, so it's been fun to flex those muscles again. Also, my wife and I have two pets (a cat and a rabbit), and taking photos of those two to put on the internet takes up a fair amount of my time!
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Abby is one of our core volunteers. It's people like her who volunteer their time and talents that keep our shop running. Thanks for all that you do, Abby! 

Interested in volunteering with the Bicycle Collective? Learn more here!

A Utah County native, I began volunteering at the Provo Bicycle Collective in 2012. After completing a Bachelor’s degree in Literature and Philosophy in 2015, I moved to Boise and began working with the Boise Bicycle Project where I honed my skills as a mechanic and educator. In 2016 I returned to Provo, committed to growing the operation here. I love bicycles because I see them as a vehicle that challenges riders to push themselves and engage their community in a different way. I see the Collective growing and becoming more effective in fostering community impact and growth, and serving as a space in which community members can grow and develop themselves. In June 2019, I moved to lead the Salt Lake City branch of the Bicycle Collective.

Welcome to our newest line of products!

We are now offering "Ride-able" bikes for those who are looking for a bargain.

Unlike other bikes in our store, these bikes are not refurbished (prices vary between $40 - $150). Every "Ride-able" bike comes with one hour of free bench coaching. We will help you diagnose any existing issues and show you how to fix them. "Ride-able" bikes are sold "as-is" and are not refundable.

Every purchase at the Bicycle Collective helps us to provide bicycles, repair help, and educational programs to adults and children in need.

We are very happy to share our 2018 numbers with you. Here's what we accomplished together. Thank you!

 

Find out how to get involved HERE 

Bikes for Goodwill

Our Bikes for Goodwill program provides free bicycles to anyone who can’t afford to purchase one. Bikes for Goodwill may be earned through 6 hours of volunteer service.  Find out how to volunteer here.

If you are in need of a bike for transportation, are currently NOT able to volunteer with us, and if you are receiving help from an organization such as Switchpoint CRC, the Court Support Services, and others, ask your caseworker to contact us. 

Find out more about our Monthly Bike Kitchen at Switchpoint CRC HERE. 

 

We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to Lexus Pursuit of Potential for the matching grant of $5000 that will fund our Youth Open Shop for the next 6 months!!
Thank you so much to allow these kids to learn about bikes, develop leadership skills, and create life-long friendships and memories!

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