FF09: Q&A with the Full Cycle Interns

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.

Remember that snow storm we had earlier this week? With Minneapolis Public Schools closed, our programming was canceled for the day too. So as we all settled back into the work week, we got to catch up with a few of the young people working at the bike shop and chat about their bike selves and their winter biking experience. To protect the privacy of our youth, we've used initials or alternate names for their responses.

What’s your favorite type of bike?

I: Fixie road bike.
A: Ooo that’s a hard one… Road bikes in the summer — I want a fat bike so bad for winter!
Josiah: Single Speed/Fixie, steel or aluminum frame.

What’s your favorite place to bike in the Twin Cities?

I: The river or the lakes.
A: North Minneapolis — because of the neighborhood scenery, and even though there are less bike lanes or paths [in north], I get more frustrated biking in uptown — and cars [in north] follow the rules of the road better.
Josiah: Bike paths by the lakes.

What does your bike mean to you?

I: Reliable transportation and fun!
A: OK… my bike is one of my babies.  I call it my horse.  It’s an extension of my abilities — I’m a super hero [on my bike].
Josiah: Transportation …

What’s your favorite part about winter biking?

I: The challenge of the snow, it’s my favorite season.  And feeling like a bad ass.
A: … I like how pretty everything looks with snow on it but that’s it.  If I had my 3 Ws*** of winter biking I’d like it more, that stuff’s expensive.
***After much debate none of the people in the room could remember exactly what the 3 Ws were. Or even if that was a thing before A made it up. But we determined it had to include some of the following Ws: Wicking, Wool, Water-resistant, Weather-proof, Wear-resistant, a [Surly] Wednesday, Wicked Awesomeness. What are your Ws?
Josiah: It’s not a blast … If I had a car I’d drive it. Oh! It’s better than taking the bus.  

Ninja or Wizard?

I:  Ninja — cuz I like Parkour and it’s easier to become a ninja than a wizard, right?!
A: Oh man. Dang. That’s a really hard question cuz I’m both. Also, I’m a witch not a wizard. But I’m a ninja too. And some Ninjas were wizards, right? Because they were all into alchemy?
Josiah: Wizard. Ninja’s played out.

Thanks, interns!  Your practicality, wit, and knowledge will take you far.

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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