April FreeSpirit Newsletter - We can't wait for you to see what we've done!

February 2017
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In this Issue:

► Letter from Jimmy
► Charles's Shop News
► Bike of the Month
► Y-POPin' with Adam
► Volunteer Update
► BBP Events!
► Community Spotlight
► Volunteer of the Month

See you at the Grand Opening!

April 21st is the big day, the Grand Opening of the long awaited expansion, and we can’t wait to share it with you. People have been asking if we’ll have it 100% complete by the time the date arrives. A better question would be if BBP will ever have anything 100% complete, and the answer for both is “absolutely not.” BBP is a constantly evolving space, and while the mission never changes, the opportunities to serve a dynamic and growing community are constant. So yes, we’ll be doing everything humanly possible to get the space ready for the grand opening on April 21st, but we we’re also creating a space designed to be flexible and designed to evolve as the needs in the community evolve.

Since that might sound a little ambiguous, here’s a few things to expect, just on the ground floor. The second level? You’ll need to stop by to see.

  • Expanding the back of the shop didn’t mean ignoring the needs and issues with the front. The new entryway to the parts room and double sided front counter has been a game changer already that has made the flow of the shop much more intuitive, has improved our ability to connect with our customers, and has made the shop significantly more accessible to our supporters with recumbent and adapted bikes.
  • We’ve redesigned the parts room to be more systematic in the way things are organized, more functional in the way things are displayed, and much more aesthetically pleasing all the way around.
  • Two of BBP’s incredible volunteers, Scott and Darin, designed and built new individual benches for the member’s stands. That means BBP members will now have their own work bench, set of tools, and truing stand when they come in to work on their bikes. This will also provide extra workbenches for BBP’s volunteers and program participants during busy volunteer nights.
  • By moving all of the storage into the new warehouse, and all of the “for sale” bikes into the parts room, we’ve been able to create an addition dedicated to volunteer and program work area to increase volunteer and youth program capacity. Volunteers are going to love this.
  • In the new addition we’ll have some great new utilities… 2 bathrooms, 2 drinking fountains, and a new hand washing station that will improve the “flow” of everything.
  • Mikey’s new warehouse isn’t massive, but the goal should never be to “store” more bikes. The goal should be to process more bikes. If we organize the new warehouse intentionally, which we’re doing our darnedest to, we think we can make 2 weeks the maximum turn around time for every donated bike that comes in our doors. That means more bikes for our programs, more bikes for sale, more parts on the floor, and hopefully more “extra” bikes being sent to Africa.

So yah, there’s a lot going on, a lot of changes, and a lot of things to be excited about.

The fun begins with a visit from the Mayor and a ribbon cutting at 2pm on Friday April 21st! Then tours from 2-6pm. Last but not least, the Grand Opening party from 6-10pm. Food and Drinks are on the house!

Thank you for the incredible support throughout this whole process.


Boise’s new community bicycle cooperative and hub for all things cycling (and more!) is just around the corner. With the Grand Opening set for April 21st, we’ve got a firm goal to work towards. Everyone at BBP is enthusiastically building, painting, and organizing a community space that is welcoming, fun, and ready to accommodate bicyclists and new riders of all ages and backgrounds.  

The building is nearly complete and we’re happy to be reintroducing some programs that were put on hiatus when construction started long, long ago. BBP’s Bring Your Own Bike (BYOB) Member’s Classes (free for all Alley Cat and Century Ride members) started back up on April 31st. Here’s the upcoming schedule:

  • 4/14   Improving the Way Your Tires Roll: Tires, Tubes, Leaks, & Flats (BYOB)
  • 4/21   RtRtR Grand Opening (No Class)
  • 4/28   Revamping Your Ride With Buttery Hubs: Hub Inspection & Overhaul (BYOB)
  • 5/5     Creating Straight Wheels That Last: Wheel Truing/Straightening (BYOB)
  • 5/12   Bike Touring (Lecture)
  • 5/19   Inspecting/Servicing Brake & Shifter Cable Systems (BYOB)
  • 5/26   Making Your Bike Stop On A Dime: Brakes/Pads (BYOB)
  • 6/2     Chain/Cassette/Freewheel Inspection, Replacement, & Lubrication (BYOB)
  • 6/9     Bike A Thon Finale Party (No Class)
  • 6/16   Hydraulic Brake Bleeding (Demo)
  • 6/23   Pedal 4 The People Kick Off (No Class)
  • 6/30   Easy & Effective Headset Adjustments Inspecting/Servicing Headset (BYOB)

Bring your bike to learn more about dialing in your ride! Increase your mechanical confidence to become a more empowered commuter, a self-sufficient distance rider, and a stronger bike educator. Have any suggestions for classes you’d like to see us offer? Let me know and I’ll do my best to get them on the schedule! You can email me at Charles@boisebicycleproject.org.

We’ll also be unveiling some freshly fabricated Alley Cat workbenches before the Grand Opening. Alley Cat members will each have their own expertly built (thanks Darin and Western Trailers!) and stocked bench to work at. Our Century Ride bench, with advanced bike maintenance tools, will also be back soon. Get signed up for a membership or renew yours to get in on the ground floor.  

In addition to a dizzying array of physical changes, BBP staff and volunteers have also been thinking of ways to fulfill our 2017 pledge to create a space that ensures everyone receives equal respect and regard. To that end, we are introducing a new set of shop guidelines that will help all shop participants work together with the same expectations. Our new shop rules are:

  • Be respectful of yourself, others, & the shop.
  • Please put things away and leave the shop cleaner than you found it.
  • Think before you act.
  • Ask questions if you are unsure.
  • No weapons.  
  • You must be sober.  
  • Keep it rated G.  
  • Have Fun!

The new BBP promises to serve more youth and adult cyclists than ever before, and be a community space for everyone. We hope these simple guidelines help make everyone feel safe, welcome, and empowered at Boise Bicycle Project!

It's a mystery bike! Nico has assembled this rad city ripper out of a handbuilt lugged steel frame, and a bunch of sweet old-school high end mountain parts. This thing is ready for picnics to Lucky Peak, jaunts on the green belt, and fast commuting! A one of a kind mix of mountain and road parts.

See you on the trails!

It’s spring. And spring means it’s Mobile Repair Season! We have been working hard on filling up our spring and summer calendars with mobile repair stops at local community centers, elementary and jr. high schools, libraries, and apartment complexes.

In March we had our first two stops back to back at South Jr. High School and Whittier Elementary school. Between the two we repaired over 30 bikes with repairs ranging from fixing flats to running new brake cables and adjusting derailleurs. We were happy to have fantastic spring weather and had some great volunteer help. It is already apparent that our new and improved mobile repair tool/supply box is better equipped and supplied compared to last season.

Moving forward we will be needing volunteer mechanics as well as facilitators. Volunteers willing to lead bicycle related art activities would be welcome as well. For the month of April we have Mobile Fix-It stops at One Stone/Pioneer Apartments, South Jr. High School, Garfield Elementary, and Whitney Community Center. Dates and times of these events can be found here.

Do you have kids, grandkids, neighbor kids... basically any kids that like to ride? Get them signed up for the BBP Youth Bike-a-Thon! Click on the button below for more information.
Youth Bike-A-Thon

I would like to begin by thanking all the volunteers who chipped in during the month of March. With your help, we pulled off some awesome projects and events including Kids B.A.S.H., our first two Mobile Fix-its of the season, and Treefort! A big shout out to all the open hours and walk-in volunteers as well. Your help has been invaluable to the transition into our new shop space.

Spring is in the air and volunteer opportunities are blooming at BBP! Coming up this month we have bike parking at the Capital City Market, two Kids B.A.S.H. events, four Mobile Fix-it excursions, the Cutting Edge Golf Tournament, the Whole Foods Green Vendor Fair, and our Riding to Raise the Roof Grand Opening Party on April 21st! In addition, we are building momentum towards our 24-hour Dream Bike Challenge on May 4th for Idaho Gives Day. This event is going to be a real barn burner and we are looking for volunteers to fill all sorts of positions such as wrenching, greeting, and photographing. The good times will literally be rolling all day long from 12 am until after our special Kids Fix-it Volunteer night and beyond. Be sure to sign up for a shift and get excited!

Volunteer Opportunities

BBP at the Capital City Saturday Market

Opening Day: Saturday, April 15

Swing by the Saturday Market on 8th Street and say hello to BBP at the Bike Parking Barn. We’ll have a DIY repair stand set up plus BBP swag and info about upcoming events and volunteer opportunities.

BBP will be at the Saturday Market every third Saturday of the Month-mark your calendars!

BBP RtRtR Unveiling & Celebration!

Friday, April 21

  • 2:00pm: Mayor Bieter joins the BBP crew for the Ribbon (more likely tubes, chains, and other miscellaneous bike parts) Cutting & Unveiling!
  • 2:30-6pm, Swing by and take a tour of the new space
  • 6pm-10pm The celebration gets turned up! Beer from 10 Barrel & BBQ (vegan option too!) sandwiches from BBP 4 Life

Stay tuned to the BBP website or Facebook for more details

Whole Foods Green Vendor Fair!

Saturday, April 22, 2-5pm

Whole Foods is celebrating Earth Day by giving some love to local businesses and organizations who love the Earth! BBP will be at their Earth Day Fair with our do-it-yourself repair stand, helping out with minor bike fixes and registering kids for May’s Youth Bike-A-Thon. Come on down and say hi & be sure to check out some of Boise’s other great Green businesses!

ACHD Open House

April 25th, 6:30-9pm

  • East Boise Neighborhood Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan Open House, Tuesday April 25 6:30-8 at 
  • Roosevelt Elementary School
    908 E Jefferson Street
  • ACHD is working on a plan to help improve walking and bicycling in East Boise. 
  • Your help is needed! 
    There are two ways to tell ACHD what you think should be done to improve walking and biking in the East Boise area:
    Take a survey by logging onto https://em012922.typeform.com/to/tGfiQQ. The interactive survey will be available until May 9 or attend the Open House on April 25. 
Check out the Facebook Event HERE!

Thank you Boise GreenBike & Valley Ride!

Did you bike to Treefort? Did you catch a ride on the Treeline bus? If you did, help us give some love to Boise GreenBike and Valley Ride! They partnered to sponsor all of your Treefort transportation needs, making sure you could safely and conveniently get around Treefort without a car (because you can barely find parking on a normal weekend, nevermind Treefort weekend!).

Boise GreenBike sponsored all of the bike parking, including that wonderful covered bike parking tent that saved so many of you & your bikes from the rain plus they put in extra hours to set up additional GreenBike stations and racks so even folks without a bike of their own could pedal around the festival. Valley Ride organized special Treefort Routes and had on-bus buskers to keep you entertained in between venues.

Thanks Boise GreenBike & Valley Ride for making our Treefort adventure car free!

Thanks Mac!

Mac began volunteering at BBP in early January after moving here from Boston. At the start of his volunteer experience Mac simply wanted to learn how to fix his bike. Since then he has become a volunteer night regular and has even gone so far as to apply his data science skills to BBP’s volunteer logs, which will allow for more consistent (and well deserved) volunteer recognition for everyone who helps out here at BBP. Mac currently cruises around town on a Priority bike specifically designed to require minimum maintenance. When asked about the new addition he says he is particularly excited about the handwashing sink. I’m also jazzed about the new sink, but I am even more jazzed about volunteers like Mac who go above and beyond to make BBP an awesome place. Keep up the good work!
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