Dec 11 2014

‘Tis the Season

Happy Holidays!! And whether your holiday of choice be Hanukkah or Christmas, Kwanzaa or Festivus- we’ve got you covered.
Gift cards will be available at The Red Raven and the FMCBW to purchase! We have $5 dollar cards and $25 dollar cards available- and you can mix and match.
Cards can be redeemed for stand time, parts, shop gear and more! Feel free to stop by and pick up a great gift for a good cause!


(image obtained from ozarksfirst.com)


Nov 18 2014

Bikesgiving <3 <3 <3

Did you know a lack of transportation is a huge deterrent to employment and community involvement? A bicycle opens up many opportunities for folks in this community.

Bikesgiving will help raise funds for operational costs over this LONG winter. Pedal Power, in the shop and on our streets!

Bikesgiving will be held at the Aquarium (Space above Dempsey’s in downtown Fargo)  on Thursday, November 20th. Doors are open at 9:30pm- show goes till close! Ages 21+ only.

Music provided by:

What Kingswood Needs-
https://www.facebook.com/whatkingswoodneeds

Pass The Flask-
http://passtheflask.bandcamp.com/

Go Murphy-
http://www.gomurphymusic.com/

Pisstory-
http://pisstory.bandcamp.com/releases

Help support your commUNITY bike workshop and go to the show!

PS… Yeaaaaah…did I mention a keg from Fargo Brewery???  <3 <3 <3

Bikesgiving


Oct 30 2014

SPOOKY SPOKES CYCLE CRAWL IS ON TONIGHT

Hey all you vamps and goblins!

Gear up warmly and creepily for the first (hopefully annual) bicycle pub crawl. We will be starting at the Fargo Moorhead Community Bicycle workshop at 6:30 pm and rally. At 7:00pm we ride out to our first stop!! This ride will be 21 plus and occurring after sunset so use lights on those monster machines!

Route- maybe sort-of flexible

1. FMCBW

2. Wurst Beer Haul

3. Duffys

4. Miks Lounge  (after 8pm for those delicious mugs!)

5. Side Street

6. Empire

7. After the Empire, cycling may be super danger city! So we will be open to suggestions :)

Right On You Riders! See you at the shop!

If you do one thing for Halloween- make this it!


Sep 15 2014

BIKESALE!BIKESALE!BIKESALE!

Hello Velo-friends!

We are proud to announce our fall bicycle fire sale!! Time to find your new cycle sweetie, your campus cruiser or your beefy winter beast. We also are able help you spice up your ride with new and used parts at reasonable prices.

This Saturday! Noon to 4pm!! There will probably be cookies!!!


Aug 25 2014

Fall Quarterly Break

Greetings Cycling Friends,

We will be closed for our Fall Quarterly Break starting on Monday, August 25th through Sunday, August 31st. Quarterly breaks are implemented to give our volunteers some much needed downtime so that they can recuperate, replenish, and be more functional and friendly at the shop.
We will miss you… we will probably sleep a lot… and we’ll be back on Tuesday, September 2nd, for your wrenching pleasure.


Jun 26 2014

Second Saturday

Summer is in full swing at the FMCBW! If you’ve been by the shop recently you might have noticed the packed stands and beehive-like atmosphere.

If you are looking for a more relaxed atmosphere in which to shop for a bicycle or parts, learn a thing or two, or even just to figure out what we do- then join us on July 12th for our monthly event from Noon to 4:00 pm!

Join us for our monthly event!

May your riding be safe, swift and (not too) sweaty!


Apr 15 2014

Programming Changes!

It may not feel like it but HAPPY SPRING! We, at the FMCBW, are proud to announce some programming developments for the summer season of 2014. Why did we change programming? Good question:

1. We want to make the shop more sustainable so that we can focus on education, events and community relations.

2. We want to diversify the programming that is available to our community. Earn-a-bike has been our main focus and it will not go away, but it will be changing. We also want to start adding new ways that our community members can be involved.

That said, we hope you will all bear with us through this transition and give us feedback so that we can adjust the programming as needed to fit our community as best we can.

New (and refurbished) Programs:

Earn-a-bike: We will be switching over from the credit sheet system to a punch card. You may take this punch card with you and will be responsible for the card- so no more long lines at the counter waiting to check out!

Stand time: We will be charging $5.00 for an hour of stand time. We are including basic parts such as cable, bearings, the guidance of a mechanic and use of bike-specialized tools.

Free bench: We are excited to introduce the quick-fix-free bench! This bench will be located outside and it will have basic bike tools attached- this bench will be completely self-governed and it is for folks who know what they need and have a small fix or adjustment to perform. If you realize that your “quick fix” is more complicated than you thought, sign up for a stand with the greeter. (This stand is a work in progress, we are working hard to get it up and running soon!)

Second Saturdays: We will also be teaching classes and holding a bike and parts sale on the second Saturday of May through August. This program will be further explained in it’s own post-

Last but not least: (thanks for sticking with me) We are now able to take major credit and debit cards! Cash is always best because we get the full benefit of your dollars, but for convenience sake, we also gladly accept cards and local checks.


Sep 17 2013

A Zillion Thanks…

Dear Friends,
We, at the FMCBW, would like to extend our gratitude for the support we received from the FM (and surrounding) communities. We made enough from the sale and generous donations to keep the shop open and operating for at least the next few months, which is huge!
We are now working hard to find alternative funding sources as well as initiating more sustainable programming changes. We have also received some valuable tips and ideas to help us along in this task. Thank you is not a big enough phrase to express what we feel but:
THANK YOU!!
<3- The FMCBW


Sep 10 2013

Fall Bike Sale!

With the 2013 summer season coming to a close, what better time to have a Bike Sale? Come check out some great bicycles and parts, say hi, or make a donation. We are attempting to raise funds in order to keep our doors open and get us through the tough winter months ahead. We are also looking to make our programming more self-sustaining increase the variety. We have been unbelievably lucky to have the support of the FM area over the years and want to continue serving the area. Please join us in our Bike sale and keep an eye on our page for upcoming programming improvements!
Friday the 13th and 14th Blowout Sale!!
Location: 209 NP Ave
Time: Friday 4pm-8pm and Saturday from 11am to 4pm.
We will also be present at the Saturday Ally Fair with other great local businesses.


Aug 26 2013

2013 Summer Hours and Greetings

Greetings Folks,

The FMCBW lives!  We are in the midst of another busy summer season at the NP location. We have extended our hours to include Mechanics Training Mondays. This shift runs from 6 pm to 9 pm and it is a great time to learn the in’s and out’s of bicycle mechanics. In order to promote a learning atmosphere we do not allow anyone to work on their own bicycles for the duration of this shift. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays continue to be open shop and these shifts are reserved for you to work on your bicycle and earn shop credits towards parts, frames or stand time.

We are currently in need of tool, lube and “Simple Green” degreaser donations. We also will gladly accept cash donations and use toward this end.

Tool Needs:

  • Chain breaker pins (Park)
  • Crank pullers
  • bolt/chain cutter
  • hack saw blades
  • cable and housing cutters (!!)
  • size 10 and 15 metric wrenches (or any metric wrench size)
  • Channel lock pliers
  • adjustable wrenches
  • tri-allens and tri-sockets (we find these types are the least likely to be stolen or lost)
  • box cutter handles
  • hammers, screwdrivers and etc…

We have already begun receiving some donations of grease and screwdrivers and want to express our gratitude! Your donations and dedication help keep this community-based learning space up and running. More to come, and hope to see you in the shop!