Author Archives: Fred Sauter

Move Completed

Between 25 and 30 volunteers showed up for the grand finale of our move at Flint Street on January 7. The crew finished up the move in record time, setting a new world record of about 1-1/2 hours. We almost had to go to valet parking in the parking lot. Besides the bikes, we moved many boxes of parts that had been stripped from some of the less-repairable bikes.

The photos only show some of the folks who were there.
 

RCB begins composting

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As part of our eco-friendly green operation, R Community Bikes is now composting by using the services of a local group, Community Composting. Community Composting collects compostable materials then returns beautiful rich compost to the subscriber. They have subscriptions for both home and business subscribers.

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171 Bikes from Bikes Not Bombs!

Eric Mearns of Bikes Not Bombs

Eric Mearns of Bikes Not Bombs

On a rainy October 29, Eric Mearns from Bikes Not Bombs in Boston delivered another 171 bikes to our warehouse. He also brought us much needed seats. Fred Sauter, Hank Theuer, Dale Maddock, John Laing and our esteemed director, Dan Lill, helped with the unloading.

Bikes Not Bombs has now brought us over 500 bikes and a lot of parts to help with our mission.

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Dance Floor

All filled up.

All filled up.

One of the concrete floors at our Hudson Avenue headquarters is horribly uneven. The unevenness has led to many instances of “Bike Dominoes,” one of our more common games in the shop. On July 3, Rich Wheaton, Jeff Cooper and Fred Sauter installed a level “dance floor” to keep bikes from falling in cascades. The framework for the floor had been previously built at our Flint St. warehouse. Our esteemed director Dan Lill put in a cameo appearance to supervise the installation.

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Bikes Not Bombs donates 150 bikes to RCB

Fred Sauter, Rich Wheaton, Dale Maddock from RCB and Eric Mearns from Bike not Bombs

Fred Sauter, Rich Wheaton, Dale Maddock from RCB and Eric Mearns from Bike not Bombs

On July 2, Bikes Not Bombs brought us 150 bikes from Boston. Our association with them has kept nearly 500 bikes out of the landfill and has helped immensely with our mission here in Rochester. Eric Mearns of Bikes Not Bombs is, coincidentally, the stepson of RCB volunteer Dale Maddock.

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Another Neighbor Comes to Our Assistance

DSC_0029Robert Stanley, who lives in the Josana neighborhood, was excited to donate about 50 bikes from his collection to R Community Bikes last month. Thumbs up back to him. Helping were Maria Furgiulele. Paul Wilson, Brad Freeman, Brent Williams and David Yates. Ed Cramp, Frank and Terry Mucha are not pictured.

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Neighbors Helping Neighbors

DSC_0041 - EditedJose, who lives near our Hudson Avenue location, is our recycling manager. Jose keeps many tons of material from going to the landfill every year by taking it to the local metal recyclers. Not only does he take the bikes we have stripped for parts or bikes that we have deemed unrestorable, he takes our used bicycle tires to be recycled at another good neighbor, Uneeda Tire on Nash Street, one block over.

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