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BARS Coordinator Opening

Tuesday, August 24th, 2010

Would you like to get involved with your local Bike Co-op?  We could use your help gathering lost and abandoned bikes around the city.  Each week the Co-op gets about 10 calls about bikes that have randomly shown up around town.  Our BARS team is in charge of collecting those bikes so that they don’t end up in the landfill.  We try to find their owners, and many of them get happily returned.  Those that don’t get rebuilt and distributed through many other Co-op programs.  We’re always looking for retrieval squad members, especially south of prospect.  We currently need a dynamic coordinator to intercept the messages and emails and wrangle the squad.  If you’re interested in getting involved, check out the links below.  Thanks!  Laura & Lacey

BARS Program Page

BARS Coordinator description

Coordinator email: Click For Email

The Sweetest Ride in Town

Thursday, August 19th, 2010

Is at the Co-op, with your name on it. . . The sweetest ride, that is. Here’s how you get your hands on that bike:

Come to the Bike Co-op for our Bike Sale Extravaganza this Saturday. Project bikes (the one with your name on it) will sell from $50 to $150 more or less. Find that bike, make sure the color is your color and the size is yours. We’ll double check to be sure the frame isn’t bent, we’ll price it for you and it’s yours to fix up as the sweetest ride in down (you have to find the cow somewhere else!)

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Not a bike mechanic? Can’t fix that bike? That’s what’s so great about the Bike Co-op! Come in during open shop hours:

Sunday 12 – 6 p.m
Wednesday 2 – 5 p.m.
Friday 2 – 5 p.m.

(Come in early and try to be first in line!)

We’ll pair you up with one of our velonteer mechanics who will:
1) Work with you on a complete diagnosis of what needs fixin’;
2) Go over the quick fix details right now and start helping YOU to fix’em;
3) Work into the bigger issues and show you how to fix those as well.

What you pay:
$5/hour for the best open bike shop access in town (including tools, consumables and advice/tech mentoring)
$5, $10 and $15 for parts(as an example) depending on the age, condition and value of used parts (used/patched tubes, for example are $1-2 dollars; two good used tires might cost you $5-10; pedals $3-5; a nice new/used saddle $7; and a rear rack $15)

What you get:

Access to every bike tool you can think of including wheel and frame tools, power tools, drill press,etc.
Access to the largest stock of used parts this side of the front range at bargain basement prices;
Access to industrial parts washer
Access to new parts at comrade prices; some in stock,( basics) others we can order as you need them.
A road ready bike and a bunch of new-found knowledge to go with it!

Saturday, August 21st 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. We’ll be there selling bikes, parts, frames, forks, pedals. . . . for the sweetest ride in town!

(Oh yeah, did we mention? We sell dial-to-fit helmets for $10 US! That’s right – or bring the family and we’ll let you have 3 helmets for $25!)

Bike Co-op to Hold Sidewalk Sale Extravaganza August 21

Thursday, August 12th, 2010

The moisture and heat this summer have combined to make it a banner year for harvesting bicycles in Fort Collins. The result is:

 We’re holding a Sidewalk Bike Sale Extravaganza Saturday, August 21st from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.! At the Bike Co-op:   331 North College, Fort Collins, CO
 The Co-op will donate 50 kids bikes to Salud Family Clinic August 13;
 We’ll send 450 bicycles off to Ghana in a huge container Sept. 11;


Here’s a preview of inventory on hand and what you can look forward to at the Sale.

Brand new road-ready commuter bikes from KHS and refurbished cruiser and mountain bikes (20-25 bikes). Prices: $150-$400

Most bikes are project bikes for sale “as is.”
So you’re looking at frames, framesets, framesets with complete or incomplete parts groups, and/or with or without wheelsets, (If you’re looking to make the bike “ride ready”, Co-op open shop hours are always a bargain at $5 an hour Wed, Fri and Sunday.)

Vintage/Retro Mountain Bikes (15-20 bikes)
Brands: Gary Fisher, Lots of Diamondbacks, Trek, Jamis, Schwinn
Condition: Good to great condition frames with original paint jobs.
Some bikes are near complete. Most are just frames, or frames with headsets and seatposts. All frames have been inspected for damage and have had the alignment checked. Prices: $25-$150

Road bikes for sale as-is (10-15 bikes)
Brands: Panasonic, Miyata, Peugeot, Raleigh, Cannondale
Condition: Good to great condition frames with original paint jobs.
Most bikes are near complete. Many have complete component groups, but need significant tune-ups, i.e. complete servicing of all bearings.
All frames have been inspected for damage and have had the alignment checked.
Prices: $50-$250

Cruisers and 3-speeds (5-10 bikes)
Brands: Sun, Electra, Free spirit
Condition: Good condition frames with original or new paint jobs. Most bikes are near complete, but may need bearing system maintenance.
Prices: $50-$150

Fixed-gear project frames (10-15 bikes)
Brands: Puegeot, Schwinn, Bridgestone, Motobecane
Condition: Frames and framesets. All are steel frames with horizontal or semi-horizontal dropouts for singlespeed or fixed-gear projects.
Prices: $25-$75

Tour de Fat Frankenbikes
Looking for that frame, extra wheels, or cranks to build your Tour de Fat bike? Check out our $5 parts from our metal recycling bins!

Regular hours: Visit the Co-op web site:

Sale: Saturday, Aug. 21 10 a.m. -4 p.m.

Innovative Bicycle Transportation Solutions Are Coming to Fort Collins

Monday, August 2nd, 2010

Internationally recognized walking and bicycling planner Dan Burden was a guest at the Rio Bike Nights in July and inspired many of us with his great ideas and experience. How ’bout slowing traffic down to make it safer for cyclists; What about back in angled parking so that motorists will see bicyclists coming down the street before they back out and hit them; Or have you thought about bike boxes, bicycle boulevards, or shared lane arrows (otherwise known as “sharrows”)?

Well, our transportation planners have heard the call to arms. Monday evening, August 9th the City’s Bicycle Advisory Committee will hear three proposals that will make cycling (and walking) in Fort Collins safer and more fun. Join us to hear all about these projects:

1) A Bike Box at West Plum and Shields: Correct, the Plum St. that leads from University Village on West Plum onto Campus. The one where the bike lane disappears at Shields and bikes are often clipped by south-turning motorists coming off of Plum.


Photo courtesy Stephen Rees’s blog

What’s a bike box? Take a look at the photo. Essentially, the bike lane is painted blue or green and the cyclist is invited to come to the front of the line of cars where they are fully visible to continue straight onto campus. Motorists have to wait for the bikes to proceed before they turn south on Shields St.

2) A Sidewalk on Lincoln Ave. to walk to Odell Brewing: Now that’s a no brainer. No longer will you have to walk in the bike lane to get from Buckingham to Odell Brewing.

3) Bike Lanes or shared lanes with “sharrows” on Mountain Ave. from Meldrum to Riverside in Old Town. This one has been a long time in coming but finally the planners are recommending sharrows along this stretch. There is no space for a bike lane and there is angled parking all along here with the relative dangers inherent for cyclists. The ONLY safe way to ride this stretch of Mountain is to take the lane and practice vehicular cycling. The sharrows will make it clear to motorists that we have a right to be there.

So come out for the fun at 6 p.m. Monday evening as the BAC hears about these proposals. Have a comment about the proposals? Come and share your thoughts or ideas or concerns. What about back in angled parking all along Mountain to really make this a safe street for bicycles? Public comment is heard at the beginning of the meeting from about 6 to 6:15 p.m.

The meeting will be held in the Community Room at 215 Mason St. Enter on the north side of the building.

Can’t make it but still want to comment? Send your public comment to Click For Email. We treat that as a part of the public record for the meeting.