Category: News

2018 Annual Meeting

Each year we host 6 general meetings with the first being our most special! The annual meeting is where we reflect on the year before, discuss goals for 2018, and vote on board members that are up for re-election. This year, in addition to reviewing the previous year via our annual report presentation, our current vice president, … read more »

Patrick Returns!: Working Bikes Mechanic’s Journey to Bwindi

On November 12th, Working Bikes mechanic, Patrick Tivnan boarded a series of planes to travel to Bwindi, Uganda to assist in the training of the staff of a new bicycle project in a village bordering the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Patrick brought with him two bags of bike-specific tools, clothes, and a budding mustache. Working Bikes had already … read more »

2018 Inventory Day

  Starting 2018 off right with our annual inventory day where we count all the bikes in supplies in the shop. This year we counted a total of 5,257! The purpose of holding inventory day is to help our gracious bike donors save some extra cash on their taxes. Thanks to Paul from Desmond and Ahern accounting … 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 »

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 »