Saturday, December 13, 2014

Holiday Schedule

Hi folks!

Just an update on our schedule during the holidays:

Tuesday 16th: build night
Saturday 20th: Farmer's Market canceled
Tuesday 23rd: Meeting postponed
Saturday 27th: Farmer's Market canceled
Tuesday 30th: Build night canceled

Saturday 3rd: We will be at the Farmer's Market and get back to our regular schedule!

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Holiday Drive: Helmets, Lights, & U-locks for the Youth

We are excited to announce that Bikes del Pueblo is collaborating with San Diego County Bicycle Coalition for our Holiday Drive:  Helmets, Lights, & U-locks for the Youth.

Bikes del Pueblo volunteers will be at San Diego County Bicycle Coalition’s 4th Annual Holiday Joy Ride on December 11th from 5:30 PM to 8:30 PM to promote our Holiday Drive and to collect any donations.  You can find out more about this event and about their organization by clicking here.   

The Holiday Drive:  Helmets, Lights, & U-locks for the Youth is a project that is sponsored by the San Diego Foundation through the Great Neighborhood Challenge.  In being a project that was picked to improve our neighborhood; we are focusing on City Heights, therefore, donations will be distributed to the youth in City Heights.

We request that donated items are new, or in great condition.  Our Holiday Drive will extend until the end of January, so stay tuned to see what local bike shops are participating in this drive.


Sunday, November 30, 2014

November 29th Visitor Spotlight

Meet Nico & Marky!

This past Saturday  at the City Heights Farmer’s Market, collective members and market-goers were graced with the presence of Marky and Nico, hailing from South America to Europe, and now making their way south to Argentina from the United States. What's remarkable  about their travels is that it is all pedal-powered by the two, using a custom-built bamboo tandem bike!

Upon closer inspection, you can see where they were able to disassemble the bike so that it can be shipped to Spain, where they promoted a book chronicling their tales, “Diarios de Bambucicleta”.    

I asked Marqueta (Marky) a few questions on how they met and the idea of this came about. She said that they have been active friends through an online community centered on bikes. They discovered that they both shared the same dream to bike all over South America, and thus, they’ve been travelling together ever since. Their first tour featured them riding on two separate bamboo bikes, and this current tour has them both riding the tandem bike (see photo above).

When I asked Marky what the strangest encounter has been, she told me about a story that took place in San Francisco. Supposedly, there was a man that lived on a boat, in which you had to kayak to get there. She told me that her and Nico felt strange vibes and knew to leave as quickly as possible. Which led me to my next question: What are some challenges that she’s faced since starting this adventure?

Marky told me that first and foremost, having a positive attitude is a must, along with having no expectations, and generally enjoying the company of your biking partner. Marky shared about how hot it was in Spain, and that during the hours of 2 to 7pm it was too hot to ride, temperatures escalated to around 96 degrees Fahrenheit. They also acknowledged that sometimes it is scary to not know where they are going to stay for the night.

Luckily, the internet has made it possible to connect like-minded people together so that dreams of travelling the world by bike is bit more organized.

Thank you Marky for speaking with me and sharing your stories. Hopefully these two will inspire others to get creative and explore the world with their unique twist on adventuring.

If you are interested in learning more about the duo’s adventure, keep posted by checking out their FB page:     -J

Saturday, November 15, 2014

November 15th Visitor Spotlight

Introducing our first visitor spotlight. Meet Juan & Martha. Juan told us, "I see you all the time at the market and needed my bike worked on and thought of you guys. I learned a lot and Davi was a lot of help." Come visit us at the market to get your biked worked on and you may show up in our visitor spotlight.

Friday, October 24, 2014

CicloSDias sunday, november 9th

The tables will turn! Cyclists, walkers, runners and skateboarders will take over the streets Sunday, November 9th in Hillcrest and Bankers Hill. Streets will be closed off to automobiles. Everyone is welcome to this free event.

Bikes del Pueblo will be here during the event for your repair needs. Be on the look out for our tent! See you there!

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Thank you to our supporters!

The Indiegogo campaign has ended. We sincerely thank all who contributed and helped us get to $3,000 for our permanent location! We will contact you soon about the perks and prizes.

Even though our internet fundraising campaign has ended, the festivities have only begun. Stay tuned for more ways you can help your local bike kitchen!

Speak City Heights

Thank you Brian and Speak City Heights for the video!