R Community Bikes is pleased to work with No One Left Behind, an organization that assists individuals who supported our troops as interpreters in Afghanistan or Iraq and who now are living in exile in the U.S. due to threats against their lives. Pictured here is one such individual with his two kids and also a new friend, Chris. Chris and a group of his friends found out about NOLB and decided to help out. They are now, as a group, purchasing high end bikes for the interpreters and their families. By doing so, the recipients get better quality bikes and do not have to go through the give away procedures. A small token of one group’s appreciation for another group’s efforts.
Many thanks to three brave RCB volunteers for helping at the Brighton Festival of Ideas on Saturday the 4th of March.
At this annual event, Brighton students in grades 3 through 8 participate in educational workshops presented by members of the community.
Manish Dixit, Dave Teegarden and Brent Williams entertained three groups of Brighton’s finest with a variety of bike repair skills. This is our third year participating in the event. Thanks, guys. Rave reviews all the way around.
We welcomed a new group of volunteers to RCB this past Sunday, February 12. All passed with flying colors after their rigorous 4 hour introduction. We’ve already had one graduate, Liam, come in and get his hands dirty. We await the other 10: Bryce, Dane, Melanie, Gary, Avery, Peregrine, John, Dick, Greg and Carl. Thanks to our trainers for this session, Fred, John S., Mike B. and Glenn T. for your efforts as well.
We hold orientation sessions for new volunteers whenever our waiting list fills up, generally every two to three months. If you’d like to volunteer, please fill out the form on this page or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Long time RCB volunteer Harold Feinberg died on his 85th birthday on January 9 at the Jewish Home of Rochester. Harold was famous at the shop for analyzing problems with bikes in his “thinker” pose. A wonderful guy. Our condolences to his wife Rhea to whom he was married for more than 60 years.
Harold is also fondly remembered at Ft. Lauderdale’s Recyclable Bicycle Exchange, where he volunteered while escaping the Rochester winter. Click here for RBE’s notice or here for a photograph of Harold in Florida.
Harold had a connection to bicycling that long predates his tenure at R Community Bikes. In the 1970s, he and his son manufactured a pioneering ultra-light pedal (1977 Popular Mechanics article). The pedal appears in Speedplay’s Bicycle Pedal History Museum (scroll through to “East Rochester 1970’s”).
Remembrances can be left at Harold’s obituary page at the D&C or the Brighton Memorial Chapel.
We’ve tallied up the bicycles we repaired and gave away in 2016, and the final numbers are pretty astounding:
- 2850 bikes given away, over a hundred more than the previous record set in 2011,
- 4341 repairs, the first time we cracked the 4K mark.
As we get more and more bikes into circulation, more and more will be in need of repair. Makes sense, eh?
On December 17, RCB held its annual volunteer Christmas party. This portrait was taken after some folks had left. A good time was had by all.
Yesterday, local journalistic phenomenon Geoffrey Rogers appeared on CBS This Morning (click here or on the photograph above to see the video). Pictured below is Geoffrey with RCB’s Tim Kearney just after Geoffrey interviewed us for a story a few weeks ago. He was very thankful to us for providing him a bike.