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100 Miles on an Outdated Rudge 3-speed to Elevate Cash for Phoenix Bikes Youth Bike Program


I do know PEZ is primarily (however not completely) about highway bike racing and “critical” highway using. However I wished to share this Fb publish by my good friend Henry Dunbar who’s the Director of Operations for Energetic Transportation for Arlington County Commuter Providers, overseeing the Capital Bikeshare, BikeArlington, and WalkArlington applications. He was beforehand the Govt Director of Phoenix Bikes, an Arlington non-profit youth bike and schooling program (that I’ve donated quite a lot of my additional bike stuff to). His publish was a reminder to me that biking is extra than simply carbon fiber, fancy package, fashionable shades, and watts.


That bike!

Right here’s a hyperlink to his unique FB publish which is re-printed under. Henry did his 100 mile experience on August 6 and as of this writing has raised greater than $11,850 for Phoenix Bikes! When you’d wish to donate, right here’s a hyperlink (donations shut at 11:59pm EDT on August 11).

I’ve heard from lots of you that you simply’ve loved my Love Letters to Phoenix Bikes. It’s exhausting to cover the truth that I really like nearly all the things about it (caveat: want they’d a warehouse and had been open on Sundays, however these are extra causes I selfishly need them to develop).

As I’m packed and able to experience for 100 miles tomorrow, I’ll let you know about my past love of the place: It’s the bikes.

We’ve had tens of hundreds donated in our 15 years, and I’m like one younger woman who got here via this system: I need to save all of them. A whole lot are fastened up and bought every year to help the mission. A whole lot extra both go as Earn-a-Bikes for the youth, or Give-a-Bikes that go to individuals in want working different non-profits. Some scores extra are stripped for elements, and/or used within the instructing course of to let the youth construct confidence engaged on bikes they don’t have to fret about breaking.

Then there are bikes just like the one I’m going to experience tomorrow. Donated with a big batch of bikes, however then placed on the pile to be “regifted” to scrap metallic guys. After we are inundated with donations, and don’t have room to even see what we have now, one thing has to go.

This outdated 3-speed British highway bike – a Rudge Sport – was a type of. It had elements too outdated and heavy to be price a lot, and a frozen rear hub that didn’t shift. Not price a lot to promote “as is” and wouldn’t be well worth the return on workers time invested to repair it. So out it went.

“Can’t we do one thing with it?” I requested, despite the fact that we had an enormous cache of different, higher bikes to repair up.

“You need it? Positive,” mentioned Edoardo, the store supervisor, “However take it residence as a result of we don’t have room for it right here.” So I did.

I’m actually not a superb mechanic, however with elbow grease (and precise actual lubricant) I bought the rear hub unstuck (for 2 gears anyway) and located that the dry-rotted tires nonetheless held air, and was using it inside an hour.

Over time I’ve tinkered with it to wash it up, and needed to exchange some elements to maintain it operating, like these tires, however nearly all the things on it was sourced from Phoenix Bikes. The one new issues purchased had been the tires, brake pads, and hose clamps to mount the water bottle cages as a result of these outdated bikes don’t have the mounts in-built. It’s turn out to be one in all my favorites to experience across the neighborhood, and for brief errands.

However I by no means took it too far, figuring if one thing did break, I might have too far to push it residence. In 2020, I rode it 100 miles for the Phoenix Bikes Elevate+Trip, however for 240 laps round my block.

Tomorrow, I’m making a experience of religion, and taking it out and again on the 45-mile Washington & Outdated Dominion Path. all with the bike and elements from the Neighborhood Bike Store of used stuff. Actually, all the things I’m sporting and the equipment are additionally from Phoenix Bikes: the outdated store shirt, bike shorts, bike sandals, do-rag, rear rack bag, water bottles and even the Nut Case Watermelon Helmet, had been pulled and bought from the donation bins of use gear on the store.

So in my effort to maintain the place rolling alongside, I actually put on the place on my again as a manner of claiming thanks for all you do for the youngsters of Arlington, however for me, too.

henry dunbar
Chapeau Henry! And thanks for the reminder about what bike using is all about.


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