Wednesday, January 28, 2015

January 17th Visitor Spotlight

Mechanic of the Week - Jan 17, 2015

Diego brought in a blue BMX with a chain that was giving him trouble. He also brought a super cute smile and a great attitude. Diego worked alongside our volunteers to get his bike all fixed up. Thanks for stopping by, you were awesome. Come visit us at the City Heights Farmers' Market and you might show up on our page's spotlight.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

cargo bike build and welding skillshare!

Bikes del Pueblo will be hosting a CARGO BIKE BUILD SKILLSHARE this Sunday, January 18th at about 1 pm!

Collective volunteers and anyone interested are welcome to join us while we learn to weld and build a cargo bike from recycled bike frames, thanks to Dakota from Cargoaway Bicycles!

Dakota is traveling around the country connecting with bike shops and collectives to share skills and a passion for utilitarian bikes. 

BdP is on the lookout for the following items:
-Auto darkening welding helmet
-welding mask
-face and ear protection
-welding gloves
-C clamps

Please let us know if you would like to let us borrow or donate these items for the workshop!

Contact us for the location of the workshop. Happy welding!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Our Holiday Drive has Begun

Last week we officially began our Holiday Drive: Helmets, Lights, & U-locks for the Youth at the Holiday Joy Ride, hosted by San Diego County Bicycle Coalition. 

Since that last event, BdP volunteers have connected with local bike shops to participate in this drive to make City Heights a safer place to ride for our youth. 

At this time of the year, nights are longer and days are shorter, which makes these items much more important in making it safer for children to ride at all hours.  

The table below lists the places in which you can drop-off your donations of helmets, lights, and locks from now until the end of January.  

8495 Fletcher Pkwy
La Mesa, CA 91942

8801 La Mesa Blvd
La Mesa, CA 91942

6425 El Cajon Blvd
San Diego, CA 92115

4966 El Cajon Blvd
San Diego, CA 92115

3437 Adams Ave
San Diego, CA 92116

3020 Adams Ave
San Diego, CA 92116

2602 Adams Avenue
San Diego, CA 92116

3841 Park Blvd
San Diego, CA 92103

141 Washington St
San Diego, CA 92103

2113 Logan Ave
San Diego, CA 92113

Please send us a comment on our Facebook page and let us know if you participated.

Happy holidays everyone, be safe and stay warm!  

Thursday, December 18, 2014

December 13th Visitor Spotlight

For our December 13th posting we wanted to celebrate Jesse by honoring him with our last BdP spotlight of the year!

I asked the collective to throw down some words to describe Jesse, but it's really hard to capture someone with a string of adjectives. So there's that, and also some other fun tidbits about Jesse.

Collective words to describe Jesse:

Sincere, reliable, supportive, eccentric, knowledgeable, storytelling, ice-breaker, mellow-eccentric...

Jesse brings genuine spirit to BDP. He has been a great asset to this community, and we are very disappointed to see him go. In fact, some might even say we are super bummed to be losing a person who embodies real heart and intestinal fortitude. Keep it metal, Jesse.

I was just getting to know Jesse; so I can't say much, but all I know is that he makes the moment more comfortable.

I snapped a photo last time I saw him, here he is with one of his housemates, on top of a hill, at a park, outside his home.

Ask him about his zine collection next time you see him!

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