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Help us to “Make our new warehouse a home”

February 28th, 2015 by jtaggart

We are running a Community Funded Campaign for the entire month of March.  We need your help to spread the news, and support our cause.  Please let everyone you know, know about our campaign.

 

Please, please, please, visit our Community Funded page now!!

Fan Mail!!

December 8th, 2014 by dondi

We love getting fan mail at the Fort Collins Bike Co-op!! This letter arrived recently from one of our fans at a local junior high school. We hope its author continues to be inspired by bikes and bicycling in her community.

Thank you letter

Building our community, one bike at a time…

March 30th, 2014 by dondi

At the Fort Collins Bike Co-op, we work on building community through bicycling. As we continue to fulfill our mission, we often meet opportunities to work on special and important projects.

Meet Olivia. This pint-sized dynamo came into the co-op to request our assistance with a school project: to learn how to build a bicycle.

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We paired her up with veteran velonteer and mechanic extraordinaire Dr. Tim Anderson and over the course of several weeks, Olivia built a bike with us.

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Working on wheels under Tim’s helpful tutelage.

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Making adjustments at the trueing stand.

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Tim helps Olivia make the necessary adjustments.

 

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Getting greasy! And repacking this wheel’s hub.

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Olivia discusses bike safety with Rick after finishing her bike build.

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Done!! Tim and Olivia show off the finished bicycle.

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Olivia with her family, her new bike and Tim at the co-op.

The All About Brakes Mechanics’ Class

February 21st, 2014 by dondi

This past Thursday we learned all about brakes in mechanics’ class! After Ben led a stellar lecture we got a detailed analysis of sidepull brakes with Dave, cantilever brakes with Justin, v-brakes with Matt and disc brakes with Ben. Then we all got to hone our skills working on shop bikes.

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Ben starts off class with a great lecture on brake systems.

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Types of cable housing.

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Dave going over sidepull brakes.

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…more on sidepull brakes…

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Sidepull brakes on different cycles…

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Justin and Jack get into cantilever brakes.

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Ian works on a set of cantilever brakes with Justin.

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Ben…hydraulic disc brakes!

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Explaining disc brakes for myself, Ian & Jack.

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Close up on Ben’s disc brakes.

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Matt hones in on v-brakes.

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Matt and Ian talk v-brakes.

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At the end of class we get a chance to work on bikes. Here Derek and Ian explore brakes further.

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Molly repacks a hub.

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Wwwhhhhhheeeeeeeeellll!!

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Justin addresses the class.

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Winter Mechanics’ Class!

February 12th, 2014 by dondi

We’re about halfway through winter mechanics’ class at the co-op and having a blast! Check it out:

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The class on wheels commences!

 

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Hub explanations to an attentive class

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Justin & Kalie work through how to check tubes.

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Wheel sizing with Dave & students.

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Ben talks wheels!

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How to true with Matt.

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Trueing away!

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Students working away at the trueing stand.