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.