Category: Miscellaneous

Winter Workshops Starting In 2018

Want to hone your mechanical skills? Have trouble with bottom brackets and need a little practice? Want to uncover the mystery of wheel truing? Working Bikes is very excited to offer Winter Workshops from January through March 2018. Each workshop covers a specific topic from our Bicycle Repair Checklist. Workshops are broken into 7 classes: Class 1 … read more »

Brandon’s Basics: An Orientation

Starting January 2018 Working Bikes will offer a monthly orientation called Brandon’s Basics. So what’s the benefit of attending Brandon’s Basics? It is a great introduction for volunteers who want to learn about bicycle mechanics. This is also a requirement for those who wish to sign up for any of our Winter Workshops. Brandon’s Basics covers: –  … read more »

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 »

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!

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 »

Reflections On Bike!Bike! 2017

  A small group of Working Bikes compatriots attended Bike!Bike! 2017 in Winnipeg, Canada August 24th through 27th. The fourteen-hour drive did not deter the enthusiasm to explore the city and connect with like-minded bike enthusiasts and leaders. The annual conference brings together bicycle advocates, particularly involved in community bike shops, to exchange ideas to improve their … 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.

Dave Gorman on Bikes for Lesotho

Working Bikes is building a new cycling culture in southern Africa with Bikes for Lesotho (B4L). According to B4L founder Dave Gorman, “I had been a Peace Corps Volunteer in Lesotho 25 years ago and had returned twice since then. In all that time, I had never seen even one bike! Combined with that, I’d read in … read more »

Esperanza Health Centers 2017 Summer Collaboration Series

Working Bikes is constantly looking for more ways to connect with likeminded, neighboring organizations to further the goal of recycling bicycles and giving them to those in need. Esperanza Health Centers, with locations in South Lawndale, Little Village, and Chicago Lawn, is one such organization. On top of our established Prescription To Ride partnership, in which we … read more »

Inclusion Through Expanding Partnerships

Photo credit: Amanda Neuman Working Bikes has expanded programming for individuals with intellectual disabilities. The following is a description of Vaughn Occupational High School’s experience at Working Bikes written by Amanda Neuman, their teacher and chaperone: “Vaughn has been collaborating with Working Bikes for two years on a biweekly basis. The collaboration has created invaluable experiences for … read more »