I was introduced to the ReCYCLEry NC by one of my best divas Dionne aka @LoisLaneNC. She is a bike enthusiast and marathon trained cyclist. The mere invitation to go on a bike ride with her is intimidating. My bike rides maybe 10 minutes of straight lines up and down the sidewalk, @LoisLaneNC rides like she’s on a mission to rack up miles and minutes up hills, down hills, nature trails, you name it she can do it!
One day we got into a conversation about my daughter’s bike being stolen and I how never replaced it. She clutched her pearls at the thought of a child without a bike and introduced me and my girls (daughter & niece) to the ReCYCLEry. There I met one of the founders of the ReCYCLEry NC, Rich Giorgi who walked the girls step by step on how to make & care for a bike, BIKING:101.
The girls were able to choose their bike frames from an assortment of donated bikes some in need of a little TLC others in dire need of full make over. They were fitted based on height and potential development. I know that sounds a bit much for just getting a bike but there is a true science to choosing a bike beyond the realm of the avid rider.
Rich is such an inspiration to these girls. He had them select a good frame, choose parts based on their body type and taught them how to replace the inner tubing of the bike tires. They were fixing chain links and replacing all kinds of nuts and bolts. I was truly impressed.
What an awesome opportunity to make your own bike and learn all the dynamics of what goes into making a bike, how to fix it and just the enjoyment of accomplishing something on your own. My daughter now rides her bike everyday after school and when my niece comes over they ride together all around the community. I have to dedicate some time to go in and show my appreciation for such a wonderful gift. As for the girls, next up…hitting the trails!
The ReCYCLEry is a non-profit organization that teaches bicycle repair and maintenance using a learn and earn approach, the ReCYCLEry accepts monetary donations as well as bike donations please click here for additional information. Remember RIDE YOUR BIKE!