FF07: Bike Build Days
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.
As a small shop focused on running a quality internship program, Full Cycle doesn't have an established volunteer program. To enlist the help of skilled mechanics, we often rely on our staff and networks of friends. To make things fun and convenient, we love to pull groups together and host "bike build" days.
The 2018 push
Our Assistant Manager Val has set an ambitious goal of having 200 bikes ready by the time our busy season hits this year. Yikes! Lucky for us, Surly Bikes offered to lend a hand.
Surly and the Art of Bicycle Maintenance
This past Tuesday, five wonderful Surly Bikes employees rode some really rad bikes to our shop and volunteered for an afternoon 'bike build.' In addition to making new friends and sharing a bunch of laughs, we ended the session with eight bikes ready to roll!
Eight bikes might not sound like a lot, but that's twice as many bikes than we usually complete in a single day. It puts a 4% dent in our goal, which isn't too shabby for half a day's work. And best of all, we had a blast doing it.
Thanks, Surly Bikes! This really means a lot to us!! Will you please come back soon? We promise to crank more tunes next time.
See for yourself
Stop into Full Cycle Bike Shop and check out all the bikes we have ready for you! You might be surprised to see the selection (and low prices) on the sales floor right now.
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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