Volunteer Opportunities This Week.

Check it out, there are a million ways to get involved in the cycling community in Salt Lake! Here is a small list of volunteer opportunities available through the Salt Lake City Bicycle Collective. Check out the list, after the jump!
First up, we’re in a museum! The Leonardo Center has invited us to do a a piece in their upcoming Green Revolution Exhibit for the Smithsonian Institute, we put something really fun together that illustrates the resourcefulness that goes into the bikes at our community shop. It’ll be open starting this Saturday, the 17th at Library Square.
Our Park Tool Class today is Suspension Systems with guest instructor Marcos Valdez, come in and learn the method behind suspension systems and how to rebuild a fork, starting at 6:00 sharp at the 2312 S. West Temple location.
If anyone’s interested helping lead a special workshop, some the Boy Scouts who successfully gathered bikes for us would like to come in, tune some of them up, and give them away at our shop this week. If anyone’s free to help teach them the basics of bike maintenance tonight after the class at 7:30-9:00 PM or on Wednesday between 10:00 and 2:00 please let us know by responding to this email.
Likewise, anyone interested in tabling at the Wells Fargo Green Team for us this Thursday let me know, we’ll be driving out to the event at 9:30 am, be there to 4:00, and should have a fun table: we’re going to have a simplified fix-a-flat competition and a leaderboard for fastest time and first-time flat fixers/ Come tell people why you love the Collective!

For Valet this week we have the Twilight Concert at Pioneer Park on Thursday, if you feel like gettin’ luda with Ludacris. Owen primarily needs help at the beginning of the concert, from 4:30-7:30, and after the headliner finishes, from 10:00-11:00. We’ll also be at the Downtown Farmer’s Market in Pioneer Park from 8:00-2:00 this Saturday, and the Beer Fest at the Gallivan Center from 12:30-9:00pm.  Let him know if you’re available at valet@bicyclecollective.org.

Finally, the Monthly Mystery Ride is throwing a very special event this Sunday, the 18th, with proceeds benefiting the Bicycle Collective: a Bicycle Block Party at an undisclosed location. To get there, a Children and Family-Friendly ride will be leaving the City/County building at 10:00 AM, to be joined by the Monthly Mystery Ride, which departs at 1:00 PM from the Masonic Temple (690 E. South Temple). The block party goes for families from 12-3pm and then adults only until 8:00. A $10 donation is encouraged, $20 for families.The block party will include a dunk tank, where local bike folk will be put on the chopping block (including yours truly), an inflatable gladiator arena, and a mechanical bull! Additionally We’ll be providing bicycle registrations on the spot for a dollar, there’ll be helmet fittings by the Bicycle Ambassadors, an infrastructure survey by Greenbike, and plenty of friends to see and ride with.

That, my friends, is a jam-packed week.

Women’s Night Tonight!

Here’s a repost of an awesome photo essay about women’s night at the SLC Bicycle Collective! Every third Wednesday is Women’s night at the collective, which just-so-happens to be tonight!

We try not to get one-sided about any issue in the cycling community, but Women’s Wrench Night is something we stand behind. It is important to promote a safe space for women, and all people, to work on their bikes. Here are a few photos of a recent Women’s Night at the Salt Lake City Bike Collective.

Women’s Night is on the first and third Wednesday of every month from 5:30 pm till 9 pm, at the Collective’s headquarters at 2312 S West Temple. Women of all ages and gender orientations are welcome to volunteer to fix bikes or learn how to fix their own during Women’s Night. The Bicycle Collective is open to the public Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 pm till 9 pm, and Saturdays from 12  to 7 pm.

More photos after the jump.

“I come to Women’s Night because I just love working on bikes” -Jodi Berrie

Emily Moroz helps Juli Huddelston adjust her seat height for a dialed in fit on her bike
. Emily said, “The first time I came to the collective it was all dies and I was super intimidated.
I love coming to Women’s Night because there are ladies of all ability.
It is important to have a safe space for women.”
Annette Bowman replacing the cassette on the rear wheel of her mountain bike
Hannah Oblock receives help from Jace Burbidge, the night manager for the Salt Lake Bike Collective.
Hanna said she came to Women’s Night “because I wanted to work on my bike.
Plus, I really like that there is a ladies night because it means more women will ride bikes.”
“I love volunteering at Women’s Night because this is where all the interesting people hang out.
This is where it is happening — twice a month.” -Anna Cordes
The Women of Women’s Night strike a pose to show their solidarity
with the Ovarian Psycos of LA, a women’s cycling brigade

The Bicycle Collective Presents the 2013 Bike Prom

Looking for a great excuse to get fancy? The Bicycle Collective has announced their 3rd annual Bike Prom!

The evening begins with an easy-paced pre-prom ride. Bring your bike and your fancy duds and meet up with all of your friends at the northeast corner of Liberty Park at 6:00pm. At 6:30, a couple hundred fine folks will join you for a ride through town, ending at Pierpont Place. There you can park your bike at the Bike Valet and head on in for dancing, drinks, pictures, and tons and tons of fun.
For all the details, check out the Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/531534560222262/, or you can go straight to http://bikeprom.com for tickets! All proceeds benefit the Bicycle Collective. Can’t wait to see you there!