Community Cycles Volunteers are key to ensure that this Boulder nonprofit achieves its mission. Whether it is getting affordable used bikes out to the community or making Boulder Better for Bicycling, Volunteers help make the Community Cycles mission achievable and help build community! Below are just a few of the many volunteers that make it happen.
Jeff is a native New Yorker and self-professed weather nerd who moved to Boulder from Tallahassee in 1991 for a postdoc at NCAR and has been biking to work at NOAA since 1992. He loves tinkering with bikes (especially old, neglected ones) almost as much as riding them. A Community Cycles volunteer since 2014, he can be found working at the wheel station trying to bring abused wheels back into a state of roundness or teaching people how to build new ones. He enjoys talking about weather, baseball and, of course, bikes.
Tom started his new career as a volunteer mechanic at Community Cycles in 2015 after retiring from nearly 40 years as a biologist/project manager in environmental consulting. He has been riding seriously since the mid 1990s doing several centuries each summer. Tom will do whatever ‘quick job’ Dax asks of him, but he is usually rebuilding donated bicycles or helping members fix their bikes. He also helps Jennifer with proposals as needed.
I have been riding bikes since I can remember. I had a purple banana seat at eight years old. When I was in high school, I rode an old 10 speed to school and back which was 10 miles one way. That’s when I found out I really enjoyed riding. Because the bike was my main source of transportation, I had to learn how to fix my bikes. I bought my first ”real” bike after watching Greg LeMond win his first Tour de France. I was hooked. I started getting involved with Community Cycles in 2015. I mostly work on the donated bikes and sort parts and sometimes help the mechanic on duty anyway I can. At the same time, I learn a lot about wrenching from some of the best mechanics I have ever met. For me, it’s a lot of fun.
Theo likes having fun on pedals (particularly when he has someone to help drag him out of his non-pedaling lazy-stasis). For him, this means casually dabbling in trials, street, and BMX. As a result, he’s had to fix quite a lot on his bikes – especially the wheels. Coincidentally, this is what he’s been helping out with at Community Cycles since 2015. Without a doubt, he has more experience truing wheels than writing about himself in the third-person.
John began cycling in earnest in San Francisco some years back, on a rigid-frame mountain bike. Since then he has added a road bike to the collection, on which he has done a few centuries and Rocky Mountain passes. Usually, though, he sticks to the back roads of Boulder County. A writer and editor by day, he feels privileged to volunteer at Community Cycles, where he has learned a lot about bike mechanics since starting in 2014. He considers CC an incredible resource, one of Boulder’s sparkling gems.
I was first introduced to Community Cycles through the transitions program for the Boulder County Jail. I qualified for JBBS (Jail-Based Behavioral Services) and they informed me that I could receive a bike through them upon reentry to the community. However, my friend informed me that he also needed a bike and did not have the means to get one, so I gave him my bike and came to Community Cycles to do the Earn-A-Bike program. After I got my bike, I was so thankful that I kept volunteering my time every Saturday. I currently volunteer every Saturday and Sunday fixing up bikes for JBBS and the shop. I built about 40 kids bikes for the 2016 KHBG and have gotten a $1,000 grant to fix bikes for JBBS.