Imagine next Bike to Work Day

As we approach Bike to Work Day on May 14, and near 85% of our Crowdfunding goal in just our second week, imagine how a shared community bike workshop in downtown San Jose could get even more people on two wheels next year.

Imagine hundreds of commuters of all walks of life pulling their bikes out of the garage after collecting dust due to a flat tire. Imagine them coming into Bike Clinic to learn how to get their bikes into road-ready condition and safe to ride. Imagine them borrowing tools and taking classes. This knowledge can overcome obstacles so people can make a change in how they commute to work and travel through the city.

Our stretch goal, as soon as our awesome supporters help us reach $4,000, is another $800 to buy a sturdy stand, wrenches, and all the other basic tools to equip our first workstation.

Make sure we have that first complete workstation ready when you come to the shop! Give today at http://igg.me/at/fundSJBC, email this message to 10 bike-loving friends, and share the link on social media with #fundSJBC.

Imagine the satisfaction of people fixing their own bike, leaving with the know-how to tackle any problem their bikes could throw at them on Bike to Work Day or any day. We believe every day should be Bike to Work Day, and our goal is to provide a place where the people can learn about bicycle maintenance, fix their own bikes, and make some friends along the way.

If you share this vision, help San Jose Bike Clinic get more bikes on the road by supporting us at http://igg.me/at/fundSJBC. Thank you to all of our amazing supporters and the San Jose cycling community for getting us this far!

All donations go towards making a permanent space for your volunteer-run Bike Clinic in downtown a reality.

We are 83% of the way to our goal and we have a little less than two weeks left in our campaign. There is no better time to contribute to bringing a thriving bike community together through bike repair education.

Crowdfunding Launch

We Launch Today!

Today we launch SJBC’s crowdfunding campaign. Help make your community bike shop a reality by giving on our Indiegogo page: http://igg.me/at/fundSJBC

Imagine a space sustained by volunteer energy, filled with all the bike repair tools and parts you’d need and staffed by knowledgeable volunteer bike mechanics. Imagine the satisfaction of anyone who wants to learn having the knowledge to fix their bike themselves.

That’s our vision, and our goal is to raise $4,000 dollars to establish a permanent space in downtown San José! Donations are tax deductible and we are also including perks based on the amount you decide to contribute.

Please forward this email to anyone who you think would share our vision–people who bike commute locally or around the world, those who believe San José needs this to build a diverse and robust cycling community, anyone who would enjoy coming in and wrenching on their bikes in this shared space.

You can also share our tweets (@SJBikeClinic) and Facebook posts to help spread the word.

SJBC appreciates your support and we’re looking forward to a very successful campaign with your help. Make sure to spread the word: forward this email to friends, share the Indiegogo link to social media and help us get the word out about making the dream of a community bike shop in downtown San Jose a reality

Sincerely,

The Bike Clinic Crew

February Skill Share at San Pedro Square Market

As the San Jose Pop-Up Project has come to an end, San Jose Bike Clinic has moved out of our space at Camera 12. We thank Camera 12 and the San Jose Downtown Association for the opportunity. We’d also like to thank all our volunteers for spending their time helping run the shop, and all of the cyclists who came by to buy bikes and parts and make use of the shop space. We’re excited for our next chapter!

Now that we are back to mobile status, San Pedro Square Market has graciously invited us back to continue doing our monthly Skill Shares on the Third Thursday of the month. We are starting again this month of February. Here are the event details:

6:30pm – 8:30pm
Thursday February 19, 2015
In front of San Pedro Square Market (Outside the Garage Bar)
87 N. San Pedro Street, San Jose

You can find more details at our Facebook Event Page.

You can help advance the mission of the Bike Clinic right now by helping to spread the word to anyone who would want to know! Please tweet, invite your FB friends, and share links with your friends.

Want to volunteer? We need help with setting up, outreach, signing people up and teaching bike repair skills. RSVP via this form, and thank you in advance for making San Jose Bike Clinic happen!

Start the New Year off Right—Get Involved with Bike Clinic!

General Planning Meeting TUES Jan 7 6:30-8:30 p.m. @ 1922 The Alameda Room 105 (formerly the United Way Building just north of Hedding)
This meeting is where we discuss the ins and outs and strategic plans of SJBC.
RSVP: sjbc@bikesiliconvalley.org

Internal Skill Share THURS Jan 9 7-9 p.m. @ location TBD
Want to learn bike repair skills and—even better—how to share what you know at our Skill Shares? These trainings will get you ready to teach basic to intermediate bike repair skills. We need a small army of volunteer mechanics when we open our community bike workshop, so invite a friend!
RSVP: sjbc@bikesiliconvalley.org

Events and Outreach Meeting TUES Jan 21 6:30-8:30 p.m. @ San Pedro Square Market (usually near B2)
We count on our amazing volunteers to plan events and spread the good word about safety and bike maintenance. Want tips on how to do bike outreach with SJBC? Want to pitch an event? Bring it!
RSVP: sjbc@bikesiliconvalley.org

December 19 Skill Share

San Jose Bike Clinic is popping up shop once again for all your bike repair and education needs at our monthly Skill Share at San Pedro Square Market!

Come work on your bike, learn about bike repair, teach others what you know, or just hang out with some bike enthusiasts. We will have tools, work stands, expert mechanics and some essential spare parts like inner tubes and cables to help you with any repair you might need.

7pm – 9pm
Thursday December 19, 2013
In front of San Pedro Square Market
87 N. San Pedro Street, San Jose

RSVP and spread the word on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/480563475388350/

San Jose Bike Clinic T-shirt Want to volunteer? We need help with setting up, outreach, signing people up and teaching bike repair skills. RSVP via this form, and thank you in advance for making San Jose Bike Clinic happen!

Need the perfect gift for the bike and San Jose lover in your life? A San Jose Bike Clinic T-shirt would be just the ticket, and we’ll have a variety of sizes for men and women at the Skill Share.

Volunteer Training Dec 12–handlebar tape, hub maintenance & more

We’ll be hosting another free training for Bike Clinic volunteers on Thursday, December 12 from 7-9 at Arthur’s shop in Willow Glen. If you’re interested and available, RSVP ASAP through this Google form or email sjbc@bikesiliconvalley.org if you have any questions.

Arthur Rodriguez, owner of a bike repair education business called Bike Teacher, is offering a training that’s free to all SJBC volunteers—past, present and future. Our focus is on putting tools and knowledge in the hands and minds of our members and participants. So you’ll not only learn how to do basic repairs, but also how to share what you know and pay it forward. We’re always building our team of volunteer mechanics to teach bike repair skills at events and when we open a permanent space, and we want you to join us. These trainings are a great way to get involved.

Here’s what Arthur’s planning to teach this time, with help from another volunteer: 

  • Wheel hub and bottom bracket maintenance, with a focus on diagnosing problems. This is especially important in rainy weather and with older used bikes.
  • Handlebar wrapping. Need this done? Bring handlebar tape and your bike!
  • Generally get familiar with your bike, repairs and adjustments.
  • We’ll teach you parts and tools vocabulary along the way, or answer any questions you have.
  • Get a SJBC 101 overview so you know what we’re all about.

What to bring?

  • Your Bike
  • Multi-tool or similar (with chain break)
  • Tire Levers
  • Apron if you have one
  • Latex gloves optional

We will have some tools on hand to share. See you there!

SJBC November Volunteer Opportunities

Do you remember who taught you what you know about bike repair? Want to give back and pay it forward? We need volunteers for these upcoming Bike Clinic events. And if you’re not ready to volunteer, come say hi or bring your bike down with any questions or repair needs you have.

San Pedro Farmers Market on Friday, November 15

To sign up, email sjbc@bikesiliconvalley.org and we’ll plug you in.
Shifts available:
  • Mechanic 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Outreach 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
  • Mechanic 12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Outreach 12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m..
Monthly Skill Share at San Pedro Square Market 11/21 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
RSVP on Facebook here.
We’ll need a few mechanics with at least basic repair skills, plus a few outreach volunteers to talk about SJBC and cycling. To sign up, email sjbc@bikesiliconvalley.org and let us know how you’d like to help.

Did you know … ?
For every event that we put on, we enlist an Event Lead. Event Leads are responsible for making sure that our table is set up and we have the tools that might be needed to repair bikes.
Have ideas for an SJBC event? Pitch it at the next Outreach meeting. Want to be in charge of an upcoming SJBC event? Read on!

Volunteer Mixer TUES Oct 29 7 p.m. @ San Pedro Square Market

RSVP on Facebook and invite your friends!
Volunteers past, present, and future are welcome to chat about just about anything. Find out how to get involved with upcoming projects in SJBC. There are also two more mixers coming up. Make sure to RSVP!

General Planning Meeting TUES Nov 5 6:30-8:30 p.m. @ 1922 The Alameda 
(formerly the United Way Building just north of Hedding) RSVP: sjbc@bikesiliconvalley.org
This meeting is where we discuss the ins and outs and strategic plans of SJBC.

Outreach Meeting TUES Nov 19 6:30-8:30 p.m. @ San Pedro Square Market (usually near B2)

We count on our amazing volunteers to spread the good word about safety and bike maintenance. Want tips on how to do bike outreach with SJBC? Do you just want to get to know bike friendly people? Want to pitch an event? Bring it! RSVP: sjbc@bikesiliconvalley.org

Halloween Skill Share!

San Jose Bike Clinic’s next Skill Share is Thursday 10/17 from 7-9 pm at San Pedro Square Market, just before Halloween. Invite your friends to the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/225514150942277.

Bicycle Jack-o-lanternBike Clinic’s Skill Share will get you ready for San Jose Bike Party’s Dia de los Muertos ride on 10/18 and for a safe Halloween. A bike is a fun, convenient and safe way to get around on Halloween and if you’re going to Halloween parties. Come get your bike tuned up for the festivities. Even better, if your bike is a part of your Halloween costume, come work on your creation or show it off!

If you’d like to volunteer, we need a couple more mechanics with basic bike repair skills like adjusting derailleurs and brakes, plus another outreach volunteer to staff the table, sign people up for repairs, talk about SJBC and biking. Come share your skills and help people learn to fix bikes! The commitment would be from 6:45 to 9:15, to help us set up and pack up. Email sjbc@bikesiliconvalley.org if you’d like to help.