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.
Over the last few weeks, RCB volunteers have been busy at our offsite warehouse moving bicycles — lots of bicycles, well more than a thousand — to a new space within the warehouse.
The photograph above is from our December 3 work party, about which Dan Lill wrote:
Mega kudos to all involved in the Flint Street move today. We transformed 2 rooms, the one that we moved from and the one into which we moved. It was a wonderful effort not only by the RCB folks but also by our new friends from the Bike Zone as well as some from Xerox. I would never have imagined that we would have gotten that far. Thanks and blessings to you all. Ibuprofen all the way around!!!
Thanks to that work party, and others before and after, we are well on the way to completing a Herculean task.
On Saturday, we held a work party at our offsite warehouse; first to dig ourselves out of last week’s snowfall and then to sort out our backlog of bikes in need of repair. By looking for the bikes that can be completed quickly, we hope to be prepared for the huge uptick in demand come spring.
Fred Sauter led the effort (and took these photographs) and was joined by Chuck Fujita, Mike Davis, Brent Willaims, Karen Lankeshofer, Dale Maddock, Walt Scheible, Jeff Cooper, Rob Wheelhouse, Dave Weagley, Dan Lill, and Tom Fritz.
Yesterday, at 6pm and 11pm, Jeff Rusack of WROC News 8 filed a report on our need for more space (click on the excerpt below to view the video). Today, the Democrat & Chronicle ran a story by reporter Todd Clausen. The word is getting out!
By JEFF RUSACK | firstname.lastname@example.org Published 12/20 2015 05:53PM Updated 12/21 2015 10:08AM There’s a place off Hudson Avenue where the rubber meets the road. “We give away bikes, that’s really our mission,” said Dan Lill the director of R Community Bikes Inc.
R Community Bikes is looking for a new warehouse to store roughly 2,000 bicycles, fearing it will be forced to move when the owner of the space completes a sale of the property at Flint Street and Exchange Boulevard. Foodlink currently owns the property at 936 Exchange Blvd., putting it on the market after moving operations to its headquarters on Mt.
The warehouse where we store our inventory of bicycles (pictured above) has been sold and we’ve been notified that we will need to move soon. We desperately need a new storage facility to take its place. Please get in touch with Dan Lill at email@example.com if you know of any facility available to rent that meets the following criteria:
- inner city location
- about 20,000 square feet
- dry and secure
- does not need to be fancy
Thank you for your help.
The photographs below are from a work party we held at our existing facility in November.
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.
On October 11, we had a work party at our Flint Street warehouse, clearing out unusable bikes and parts and organizing our inventory. As the weather turns colder, demand for immediate bikes and repairs goes down at our Hudson Avenue location, and we will be turning our hands to getting that inventory in working shape for spring.
As warm weather finally arrives, RCB’s schedule will be changing soon.
Three of our satellite repair clinics will be opening the week of April 20:
- Beginning April 22 (and every Wednesday until the fall), we will repair bikes at St. Joe’s from 9am to 1pm.
- On April 23 (and every Thursday until the fall), we will repair bikes at our Asbury clinic, from 8am to noon.
- On April 24 (and every Friday until the fall), our Cameron Street clinic will be open 9am to 1pm.
Please follow the links for maps and other details.
Once the Westside Farmers Market opens on June 9, we will be conducting our fourth clinic there, every Tuesday evening from 4pm to 7pm.
We will soon move to what we call Summer Hours at our Hudson Avenue headquarters, when we cut back on bike repairs to give us time to prepare giveaway bikes. Starting May 4, we will be open for repairs only on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9am to 1pm. Please bring your bike to us by 12:30pm so that we can close on time. We will not be able to hold bikes overnight due to lack of space.