Monday, December 26, 2011
Come In For A Visit
Our brick and beam building at 24th & Western is constantly changing.
Take the 'L', or drive over, or better yet, ride your bike.
Come in for parts, a bike, a lock, a helmet, a T-Shirt, or a visit with the staff. You will enjoy your time spent at Working Bikes and we will enjoy having you...
1). Shipping Partys
Shipping partys fill a container with bicycles, and parts for one of our partners in a developing nation. It's a bunch of volunteers all working together to fill the container as efficiently as possible so we can fit the most bikes. Lunch is provided afterwards. Come alone or bring members of your organization. It is fun and fulfilling!
2). Turn a wrench
If you have bicycle mechanic skills, volunteer your time to prepare bikes for their journey into their next life.
Help clean. Help unload bicycles from donors vehicles to our dock. Help straighten. Demonstrate the bike machines to our guests. If you have a couple hours to spare we can put you to work that will make a difference every day!
Host/Co-Host An Event
Starting in April, or thereabouts, there are multiple Working Bikes Events through the late Fall. The Top of the Food Chain, Host your own bike drive. With advanced planning, you can hold a bike drive at work, at your church, at your club, through a boy scout troop, at a recycling event, etc.
There are also multiple opportuinies to represent Working Bikes at a Green Event, or a recycling Fair. You meet people with similar interests while you pass our brochures to the event attendees.
Wear your Working Bikes T-Shirt. People always ask, "What's that all about."
Spread the Word about the Working Bikes Mission
Working Bikes has a great mission, "give new life to old bikes and independence to those who ride them ... "
Every person I know, knows that I am an advocate for Working Bikes. People always say, "are you still doing the bike thing? I might have a bike for you." And I eventually work that into the conversation with every person I meet.
Continue to spread the word and results will follow.
Saturday, December 24, 2011
but act locally. Another locally produced Chicago product, with a bicycle theme. it does not get better than that.
Brewed in homage to the beer of Cologne, Krankshaft is a pale straw hued smile in a glass. We throw in a little wheat malt to round out an easy Santiam hop bitterness. There are no Köbes to serve them up, but you should feel free to have as many as you like.
Krankshaft Kölsch style beer goes great with fruit salad, sailing, pot stickers, graduation parties, gyros, kick ball, pistachios, cole slaw, Star Trek marathons, miso, rye vodka, canoeing, dinner waffles, dal, gelato, star gazing, popcorn, beach combing, barbeque, lawn chairs, chiles rellenos, muenster cheese, Black Jack, hummus & pita, pinball, guacamole, gardening, French Onion soup, and yoga.
Friday, December 23, 2011
"Twas the night before Christmas and all through the Co-Op, not a creature was stirring, not even Aaron the bike mechanic. All the volunteers were nestled in their beds, knowing that their hard work had helped someone less fortunate. And Amy in her kerchief, and Lee in his cap, had just settled down for a long winters nap.
When out on Western Avenue there arose such a clatter, that Raul ran to the front door to see what was the matter. When what to his wondering eyes should appear, but a sleigh powered by one of Lee's bike machines. With a little old driver, so lively and quick he knew right away it had to be Alan.
As he drew back inside, and turned around, Raul saw Alan come with a bound. He was dressed in fur, from head to his foot, and his clothes were tarnished with rubber cement. A bundle of inner tubes he had flung on his back, and he looked like a peddler just opening his pack.
His eyes, how they twinkled! his dimples, how merry! His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work, and filled the bins, then turned with a jerk. And laying his finger aside of his nose, And giving a nod, down the stairs he rose. He sprank to his sleigh, and fired up the bike machine, and away he flew like a classic Pashley. But I heard him exclaim, as he peddled out of sight, Merry Christmas to Lee, and Amy, and Raul,and Gabby, and Mike, and Gary, and Carle, and all the volunteers, and to all a good night!
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Tomorrow, December 22, 2011 is the Winter Solstice, the shortest day of the year. Lets all plan on recognizing it. Here's my plan. The weather has been very cooperative to the cyclists lately. I plan on taking a long ride. Arriving home, I'll be a little tired, maybe a little wet. I'll light a fire in the hearth, pour myself a Mild Winter, and listen to The Carpet Crawlers by Genysis. A great song, with the profectic line, "Weve got to get in to get out". That's is how I feel about Winter. Sure, there are plenty of activities unique to Winter, but Spring, Summer, and Fall have it beat. Let's celebrate, our days are now getting longer until June 22nd, the longest day of the year. Peace
Monday, December 19, 2011
our tastes in food and beer. I like to support products made locally. Given a choice would you purchase Ruffles potato chips or Jays potato chips. I buy Jays, a Chicago favotite since 1927. Same goes for our great pizza and beer. Keep people working locally and buy products produced locally, like Mild Winter beer brewed over at Goose Island since 1988.
Looking for a cultural experience this holiday season that won't cost you a dime. The Museum of Contemporary Photography at Columbia College is Chicago's most distinguished museum devoted entirely to photography. Exhibits change every two months or so, often with photos from the permanent collection. Many of the photographers featured here were students of Aaron Siskind and Harry Callahan, guiding lights in Chicago and worldwide for their approach to "street photography." The collection also includes work by such big-league photographers as Robert Frank, Paul Strand, Ansel Adams, Diane Arbus, Garry Winogrand and Minor White. Connected to Columbia College, the museum focuses on commercial as well as art photography. Like teachers at the school, exhibits are concerned with issues of aesthetics and technique as well as the social and cultural implications of the photographic image, and it's free!
Sunday, December 18, 2011
On my way out of the supermarket I pass a man holding up Tootsi Pops and melodically repeating the words, Childrens...Memorial...Hospital. When my kids were with me I'd give him 50 cents and he would give me 2 Tootsie Pops. I always wondered how much this little effort mattered. I saw him yesterday, but he wasn't holding any Tootsi Pops, or saying Childrens...Memorial...Hospital. I walked past him, out the store, but turned around and said I wasn't always able to give, but I thanked him for his committment. He said he had been collecting for 11 years. He recently met his goal of collecting $250,000.00. What an achievement! The power of one mans dedication to a cause.
Friday, December 16, 2011
One of the more unique charitable organizations in Chicago, Working Bikes, focuses on reclaiming and repairing bikes from disrepair (or even the trash) and returning them to the streets. Of course, only some of the bike-recycling benefits thrifty shoppers here in Chicago – bikes not sold here are shipped over to third-world countries in need of the transportation. Without any government or foundation support, the shop funds their actions solely through bike sales and individual donors. In addition to the nearly 5,000 bicycles distributed throughout the world, some 500 bicycles and wheelchairs are refurbished for donation to those in our own city – for city programs and refugees. If you’re tight on cash and still want to make a donation somewhere, check and see if you’ve got an old bike gathering dust somewhere – it can make just as much of a difference as your pocketbook.
This was posted @ http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2011/12/14/top-chicago-charities/ on December 14, 2011
Thursday, December 15, 2011
A fundraiser for West Town Bikes after the Afterglow Cyclocross race brought to you by Cuttin Crew and Robots <3. The first race category starts at 10 AM in Humboldt Park field house. Register online now.
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Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Besides my full time job, I am a basketball referee. Yesterday I had games at the Joseph Sears School in Kenilworth, IL. I had never been to that suburb before so I arrived 45 minutes early to walk the neighborhood. Many beautiful and unique houses. But what impressed me the most was a full bike rack behind the school. Because of the great weather we have been experiencing the children were able to ride their bikes to school on December 13! A rare treat! Happy Holidays!
Sunday, December 11, 2011
The Bike 2015 Plan is the City of Chicago's vision to make bicycling an integral part of daily life in Chicago. The Plan recommends projects, programs and policies for the next ten years to encourage use of this practical, non-polluting, and afforable mode of transportation. The next meeting is Wednesday December 14th, from 3:00 - 4:30 at City Hall, 121 N. LaSalle, Room 1103.
Friday, December 9, 2011
Thursday, December 8, 2011
John Lennon died 31 years ago today.
My mother made each of her 5 children take piano lessons. I was terrible, and the songs in the John W. Schaum Piano Course were uninspiring. I remember asking my mother, "If you insist on me taking piano lessons, could I at least pick out some music I enjoy". I purchased the sheet music to Imagine. My piano teacher played it for me and commented how simple the melody was. I remember thinking, great, the simpler the better. That was 40 years ago. 9 years later some nut job guns him down. A toast, "to one of the great musicans, thanks for the inspiration".
Weather you need a bicycle for a photo shoot, or one of the thousands of bicycle parts we sell for one of your creations, let Working Bikes be your canvas. Artists have been know to frequent Working Bikes for material. And new bikes and parts appear on the sales floor everyday we are open. So stop in and browse. The volunteers are friendly and the artistic posibilities are endless. Happy Holidays.
Monday, December 5, 2011
The 2012 Chicago Winter Bike Swap will be held on January 21, 2012 from 9:30 - 3:30 at Harper College. $5.00 admission for adults. Kids 12 and under are free. FREE PARKING!
The CWBS is returning for the fifth year as the premier event for HUGE SAVINGS on everything for the bike.
Not only is the Chicago Winter Bike Swap a place for some great bargains, but it is an excellent social experience for the cycling community as well!!
Sunday, December 4, 2011
Re cycle-A-Bicycle utilizes the bicycle as a resource to foster youth development, environmental education, community engagement, and healthy living. Through retail storefronts, social entrepreneurship, and innovative programs, Recycle-A-Bicycle empowers the youth of NYC.
Another great organization, with a logo almost as cool as Working Bikes!
Saturday, December 3, 2011
Today, in the great state of Maine, good folks are collecting new or gently-used children's coats or new, unwrapped toys. These coats help many families keep their children warm through the long Maine winter, and the toys will help make a happy Christmas for many children throughout the state. This campaign is a success because of tremendous generosity every year.
The spirit of giving back to the community is present everywhere. This is just one small example. We'll trying featuring similar events throughout the season. Remember, Recycle, Reduce, Reuse!
Friday, December 2, 2011
If you are looking to purchase a bicycle for a friend or relative during the holiday season, please consider Working Bikes as a source for that purchase. We have many refurbished bicycles that come with a limited guarantee! If you want to purchase a bicycle and donate it to someone less fortunate, we can help you with that also. Happy Holidays!
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Today is World AIDS Day 2011. Here is what a concerned group of Californians are doing to help raise awareness and money to end AIDS:
The RIDE TO END AIDS. The ride starts in San Francisco. If you go the entire route it goes for seven days. First night, Santa Cruz, followed by King City, Paso Robles, Santa Maria, Lompac, Ventura, and winding up in Los Angeles.
You ride an average of 80 miles per day. The riders raise money and awareness for the HIV and AIDS Services of the L.A. Gay & Lesbian Center and the San Francisco AIDS Foundation. All the Best to all involved in this fine cause!