Category: Miscellaneous

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 »

Winter Workshops 2018 Schedule

See our Winter Workshop description page to see what we’re teaching. Before signing up you must attend Brandon’s Basics. JANUARY Wed 01/24 @ 6:30pm | Class 1 Sat 01/27 | NO CLASS Wed 01/31 @ 6:30pm | Class 2 FEBRUARY Sat 02/03 @ 11am | Brandon’s Basics Wed 02/07 @ 6:30pm | Class 3 Sat 02/10 @ … 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »