Do your brakes stop on a dime? Kids Fix It Night, Fall into Fort & More!

Shop Update & Member Perks

Friday Night Member’s Classes:

September 22nd, 6:30PM-8:00PM

Bring Your Own Bike: Making Your Bike Stop On A Dime: Brake/Pad Inspection, Adjustment, Replacement

Every time you brake, a tiny bit of your brake pad wears away. Sometimes you have brake pads that are contaminated with foreign objects and these can actually wear away the sidewalls of your wheel or disc rotor. Over time, the wearing of your pads cause them to hit the rim at an angle that is less than ideal, which can lead to inefficient braking and terrible noises.

In this class you will learn how to install and adjust brake pads. Everyone will leave riding a bicycle with more stopping power.

September 29th, 630PM-800PM

Demo: Sew your own Bike Bags

Check out an example of Rich’s handiwork!

Check out an example of Rich’s handiwork!

Learn how to sew your own bike bags and increase your carrying capacity affordably. The right bags can make commuting more convenient and extended bike tours possible. Making your own bags can save you money and you can design your bags specifically for your bike and needs.

Join BBP mechanic and former outdoor gear designer and entrepreneur, Rich Gardunia, in this demo class. Rich will be walking us through the steps of sewing a custom-fit frame bag for your bike. With the right fabric, velcro, and know-how you can convert almost any space on your bicycle into a veritable stowage option.  


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History of Cycling

Thursday, September 21 | 6pm | Hatch C Ballroom of the Student Union Building

Accompanying the Student Union Fine Arts Gallery’s student-curated exhibition, “Cycling Through: A Story of Community and Change,” George Knight will present his talk “Bikes Are the Answer: A Cyclorama of the First 200 Years”

More info here
 

Fall into Fort

Social ride from BBP to Fort Boise Skate Park | Saturday, September 23 | 11:00 am

BBP will host a bike ride to the skateboarding competition, organized by River Sober Living, a recovery resource for those struggling with addiction and alcoholism, and board specialty shop The Boardroom. The comp starts at 1 p.m. Registration is from 11 a.m. to noon.

The community event also has tunes provided by the Boise Hive, food trucks, local artists and vendors. If you’re feeling feisty, suit up for sumo wrestling and put the smackdown on your opponent.

Recovery-oriented exhibitors will also be on-site to share information with anyone who is interested.

 

10 Year Anniversary Party - Save the Date!

Saturday, October 14th

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Make sure to RSVP for the 10 Year Anniversary & Appreciation Celebration! We're throwing it back old school and encourage you to wear vintage BBP swag - t-shirts, patches, hats, etc. If you got it, we want you to flaunt it! 


Volunteer with BBP

This Thursday is September’s Kid’s Fix-It night! Once a month we invite kids from all over the community to come in and learn to fix their bicycles free of charge. We always get a big turnout and we need all hands on deck to insure everyone leaves with a functional bike. Kid’s Fix-It will be happening during volunteer night from 6 to 8pm.

In addition, Whitney Elementary will be hosting a Bike Bonanza this Saturday, the 24th, and we’re looking for a couple volunteer mechanics to come help us perform minor repairs to kid’s bikes free of charge. BBP will be there from 9am-Noon fixing bikes and you can hang out afterwards for a safe cycling forum followed by a group ride from Whitney CC to Shoshone Park and back. Sign-up here under Mobile Fix-It Mechanic to help out.

Lastly, we’ve got a number of construction projects piling up around the shop. If you have any handyman or handywoman experience we’ve got plenty of ways to put you to work. Our Tues. and Thurs. 6-8 volunteer nights are a great time to come in if you’re interested in helping out.

Weekly Update: Join the BBP Team, Volunteer & Construction Needs, + More!

Member’s Night Class: Friday 9/12, 6:30-8:00PM

Unlocking the Power of Your Cables and Housing: Inspecting/Servicing Brake and Shifter Cable Systems

Most people forget to check their cables and housing when they’re experiencing shifting or braking problems, but it should be the first thing you check. Cable housing is like a garden hose and your cables are like the water flowing through it, the more kinks and obstructions in the hose the worse the water flows.

In this class, we will teach you how to check your cables and housing for kinks and obstructions and replace them if needed.

 

Join the BBP Team: We’re Hiring!

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We’re currently hiring part time mechanics to help refurbish used bikes and teach others how to repair and maintain their cycles. If you have the knowledge needed to teach others bike repair and a strong belief in the personal, social, and environmental benefits of bicycling, we need you! Check out the Bicycle Mechanic Position here for more information and how to apply. You can also come by the shop to fill out an application and get involved. If you need to brush up on your mechanics but aspire to better Boise through bicycling, volunteering is a great way to get started at the BBP!

 

Scrap Metal Pickups Needed!

When a bike gets donated to the BBP, we make sure that everything useful on it is reused. However, the broken frames and parts that can’t be re-purposed add up quick and every week we end up with a sizable pile of scrap metal. We’re seeking volunteers to help us haul scrap from the BBP to Pacific Steel & Recycling on a weekly, biweekly, or monthly basis. Funds raised from the scrap can go back to the BBP or be donated to another awesome non-profit. Volunteers need to provide their own truck (having a trailer helps, too). Help us keep bikes and bike parts out of landfills!


 

Volunteer with BBP

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September’s Kid’s B.A.S.H. giveaway is this Saturday so all week long we’ll be looking for volunteers to assist us in having all the bikes tuned up and ready to go by the weekend. You can sign up here to come in during open hours and help build up some kids bikes, or click here if you’d rather come in on Saturday morning and lend a hand passing out bikes at the event.

In addition to the B.A.S.H. on Saturday, we’ll be at the Capitol City Public Market providing free valet bike parking as well as a DIY repair stand. We’ll need a couple of folks to help with manning the BBP booth as well as parking bikes for market goers.  Click here to help out, it'll be a great time!

Also, we’ve got a number of construction projects piling up around the shop. If you have any handyman or handywoman experience we’ve got plenty of ways for you to help out. Our Tues. and Thurs. 6-8 volunteer nights are a great time to come in wrench on a things that aren’t bikes.

Lastly, Primary Health’s big bike drive is only a few weeks away and in the meantime we’ll be calling out to anyone with a truck or a trailer to assist with donation pick-ups. Email Aaron, our volunteer coordinator, at aaron@boisebicycleproject.org for more information on how you can help get those bikes to the shop and back in to the community!


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Paper Plates: A Feast for Freedom

Wednesday, September 13 | 6-9pm

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Our friends at the International Rescue Committee (IRC) are hosting a fundraiser to offset U.S. citizenship application fees for refugees and immigrants in Boise. You can purchase tickets for $35 or donate directly to the fundraiser if you can't attend the dinner at

 

Biking with the Brinkleys

BBP's 2017 Car 4 Bike Trader Family

The Brinkley Family is pedaling away, over 160 miles under their belt so far! Be sure to keep up with their travels on their blog: bikingbrinkleys.wordpress.com