A call for help was put out to the surrounding community in this Danbury News Times article, which led to an outpouring of support, the monetary donations have flooded in to keep the program working for years to come. The "Wheels for Kids" program is ran by another Danbury Youth Services program called the "Earn-a-Bike" program. The program director, Tom Tomassen is pictured below in the white shirt.
One the other side of the building there was a wash rack and all the donated bikes were being scrubbed down and cleaned. Then the bikes were wheeled over to the shop where they had tubes and tires replaced, all loose components were tightened down, new brake lines were added, and even one of the bikes which was pretty nice got the bearings in the front hub repacked!
The bikes that were donated ranged from excellent condition to absolute crap. I brought along two Huffys, one of which I featured in a Eulogy post and the other that showed up the other day that I call the Purple People Eater, but the PPE and the other Huffy weren't acceptable for the cause, will return to the breakers after being stripped for parts. One thing I noticed, though, is that Tom had quite a supply of old bike parts, which I think I am going to start donating to from my efforts at the Hanover Recycled Cycle Shop, which is I am calling my garage now.
With the exception of the two or three mechanics that work for CBC the remainder of the volunteers were all employees from Cannondale Bicycle Corporation's World Wide marketing team that had gathered in Bethel this week to strategize for the coming year. In stead of dropping pretty penney at some local fancy restruant they all assembled here to work on these donated bikes, drink some brews, and later eat pizza.
I worked on five or six bikes including this Huffy 1x7 with 20 inch wheels (above). Incredible how these bikes, while not the greatest quality, will most likely wind up in a garbage dump after the child grows out of it. All this bike needed was air in the tires and a brake cable capped.
I really enjoyed working on the Park Tools collapsible stand. I think I am going to have to get one of these and definitely a shop apron. The stand has a nice tray for holding tools and beers!
Even with all the bikes in the stands, people were taking available floor space to work on the bikes, too. In fact it was pretty crowded.