Category: News

Winter Cyclist Resources

Burr! With single digit temperatures hitting us this week, it’s a great time to gather resources to keep you safe and warm through Chibera winter months! Our Staff has recommended the following youtube channels and articles to get you on the right foot! Let us know your tips and tricks for winter cycling during the cold season, and … read more »

Bike Drive Bernard Weinger JCC Northbrook

It was a great day for many families at the Half Way to Summer at the JCC.  The swimming pool and gym were open to everyone as an alternative to a movie and Chinese food for those of us who do not have Christmas as a tradition.  Many kids used pedal power to send the bike around … read more »

Working Bikes Meet Year Up

Last Friday one of our all-star volunteers, Chef Paul, represented Working Bikes at a tabling event at Year Up in Chicago! Our volunteers and bike donations are the life force of Working Bikes! If you’re interested in volunteering stop by during any of our open volunteer hours to learn more!

The BIG Check: Cause Beer Program

Dusek’s proudly partnered with Working Bikes from July through mid-October for their Cause Beer program, in which $1 from select beer purchases is donated to a local non-profit. At the end of the program, they raised $849 for Working Bikes from the 849 beers sold! On Thursday, Board Members and staff went to the wrap up to receive the BIG CHECK … read more »

Congrats to Maja – 50 on Fire!

We wanted to take a moment to shout out Maja, who was recognized as being one of “50 on Fire” innovators in Chicago for her work on WTF night. In the last year, WTF night has hosted a screening of the “Ovarian Psychos” documentary, collaborated with West Town Women’s + Trans night for a ride against sexual violence, and led a … read more »

Captain’s Log 2: Patrick in Uganda Second Update

  When the orupaanga touches the bretch pad on the buryo side, we can tighten the enuti empajye on the bumosho side with the spanner empajye, and that should pull the orupaanga back to the bumosho side. This operation can only be done a certain number of times until we run out of ehuzi ye’mpajye. In that … read more »

Captain’s Log: Patrick in Uganda First Update

  Report number 1   On the long flight to Uganda I reread King Leopold’s Ghost by Adam Hochschild. The book documents the tragic history of the Congo Free State, the personal colony of Leopold II King of the Belgians from 1885 – 1908. King Leopold made an incredible personal fortune, initially through the Ivory trade, later … read more »

Bon Voyage Patrick!: Bike Mechanics’ Journey to Africa

Working Bikes is sending one of our staff mechanics train Ugandan women in bicycle mechanics. This is the first time we’ve sent something other than bikes overseas! This is also a chance for us to get a better understanding of what happens to the bikes once we’ve sent them. We were given this opportunity from one of … read more »

Welcome Our New Public Ally!

Working Bikes is excited to have Trian from Public Allies – AmeriCorps on board as our Communications apprentice. For ten months he will be an integral part of our communications and community outreach. Trian has worked for the Japanese Cultural Center, Black Youth Project 100, and Affinity Community Services.

Andrew Bermudez on ASM Summer 2017

  Volunteer Coordinator Andrew Bermudez instructed our first After School Matters program during the summer. With the pilot program’s success Working Bikes intends to apply for the fall term. Andrew writes and shares his experience in ASM. Working Bikes received funding by After School Matters to recruit 14 teenagers for a six-week paid apprenticeship. Our program’s objectives … read more »