Traffic Skills Ride on Saturday, June 25th
With the success of our weekly shop classes we have been looking forward to getting our Traffic Skills classes going as well. This Saturday, June 25th we will be holding a class at the Co-op to help folks feels more comfortable riding in traffic. A trained instructor will provide a little bit of lecture time in addition to a few drills in our parking lot before going on a ride around the downtown area to illustrate some issues that cyclists face when using the same roads as cars. This class is open to everyone no matter their skill level. The cost for the class is $25 (which can be paid for with volunteer credits) or FREE for anyone who has (ever!) purchased a bike from OCBC! Register on our Event Signup page, or email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Welcome to our new mechanic, Joe
In order to keep up with all the new cyclists we have seen in the shop looking for bikes we have decided to bring in a new mechanic to help us keep bikes on the showroom floor. Joe Fuller, a veteran of the bike industry in Cleveland will be working at the Co-op during our closed hours to help us keep up production. Joe started working on bikes at the age of 16 at Ernie's Bike Shop in Wooster and has previously worked at multiple shops in Cleveland, including Blazing Saddle, Ray's MTB Park, Spin Bike Shop, and Fridrich Bicycle. Our administrator Eric sat down with Joe for a quick interview.
Eric: So, Joe how did you first hear about the Co-op?
Joe: I heard about it around 7 years ago and stopped in to check it out when it was still across the street on Columbus Rd. I really liked the sense of camaraderie and how many like-minded people were there under one roof.
Eric: And what made you want to get involved here?
Joe: I wanted to keep working on bikes without having to work in the bike industry full time so this was a great compromise to work here during off hours.
Eric: Do you care to talk about the things you like or dislike about the Co-op now that you have started coming here regularly?
Joe: As far as the work goes, I like working on bikes that are priced to sell. For instance, since I have started seven of the bikes I've worked on have already sold. These bikes were just dead sitting in someone's garage and now they have some new life and a new home. When you are working at a traditional bike shop you work on more expensive bikes that tend to sit around longer.
At the Co-op there is so much history and nostalgia that makes it a cool place to be. There is every kind of bike, from every era represented here and there are all kinds of cyclists that come in. At some bike shops they have a preference for one type of bike over another but here you don't have that. It's very inclusive.
I guess a negative thing would be that I wish I had gotten involved sooner.
Eric: What kind of riding do you do?
Joe: I get around everyday on my fixed-gear (48 x 12) commuter bike but in my spare time I love to ride BMX bikes.
Eric: Lastly, do you have any future plans related to the Co-op or just to cycling in general?
Joe: I'm just looking forward to seeing the Co-op progress and helping people who maybe can't afford to buy all new stuff still get a bike and be able to enjoy riding. Getting more folks on bikes is what it is all about.