FF02: Field Trip to Dero Bike Racks

Each Friday, we publish a post from the team at Full Cycle – beneficiaries of the Surly Masher. These snapshots of their work and the youth served will help you get to know them better, and appreciate the importance of supporting youth experiencing homelessness in our community. We also encourage you to visit Full Cycle Bike Shop in South Minneapolis to see their work first-hand, check out the shop’s inventory, and get set-up for winter.


 Photo: Dero

Photo: Dero

Full Cycle’s paid bike mechanics internship is a 6-month program, divided evenly into two phases. While the majority of Phase One curriculum focuses on overhauling and refurbishing used bicycles in the classroom, a portion of the internship is devoted to advancing job skills and seeking out further career opportunities. We strive to get interns out of the classroom and take site visits at least twice per month. We reach out to organizations that are of interest to current interns. This week, we took a trip to visit one of our Surly Masher sponsors ...

Dero Bike Racks

Dero manufactures bike racks on site in Fridley, MN and distributes internationally. They also have an office in Minneapolis, right across the street from Surly Brewing! In addition to bike racks, Dero provides a range of products and services, including bike shelters, bike lockers, bike repair, street design, and Dero Zap.

Upon arrival, we donned our safety goggles and took a tour of the TOP SECRET manufacturing plant. Unfortunately, no photos were allowed but we got to see Dero bike racks actually being created. We saw welding, powder-coating, steel bending, and other aspects of bike rack creation. 

One intern’s favorite part of the tour was seeing powder-coating in action. His biggest wish after leaving Dero is for Full Cycle to start powder-coating frames. Maybe one day we will be able to fund an on site powder-coating station.

We finished the tour exploring the office and met the rest of the Dero crew. We all fell in love with the bike-friendly amenities Dero provides for their employees that ride to work. No wonder they received Platinum status from the League of American Bicyclists!

Bri Whitcraft, Director of Marketing (featured in the Dero Fixit image above), gave us the grand tour. Thank you, Bri! 

And look what we found on the bulletin board in the office! Thank you, Dero, for your support of Surly Masher. We look forward to riding Surly bikes around the (hopefully snowy) demo course with you. 

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About Surly Masher

Surly Masher is a winter bike event benefiting Full Cycle, a non-profit bike shop providing job training, food, resources, and support to youth experiencing homelessness across the Twin cities. Located in South Minneapolis, Full Cycle is a social enterprise of Pillsbury United Communities.

Taking place on February 11, 2018, Surly Masher is the FIRST-EVER collaboration between Surly Bikes and Surly Brewing – two iconic Minnesota brands destined for a good mashing! This family-friendly event welcomes riders of all ages and abilities to test ride the latest from Surly Bikes on a demo course at Surly Brewing.

To guarantee a surly experience, this winter bike event will take place in February – a time in Minnesota that nobody wants to be left outside. Please join Surly Bikes, Surly Brewing, and all of our sponsors. Help us raise money for Full Cycle bike shop.

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