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Refugee Bike Project Update

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Written by Eric Gearhart
Thursday, 11 May 2017 10:13

On May 22nd, our collaboration with Bike Cleveland and the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland called the Cleveland Refugee Bike Project will hold the first training, to size helmets and bikes for recently settled Cleveland refugees from the first of three language groups. Shortly thereafter twenty Arabic speaking refugees will visit OCBC for a special, translated Traffic Skills ride, and receive their bikes, helments, locks, and other essential accessories.

We would like to thank everyone who donated bikes and funding for this special project to help integrate some of the world's neediest citizens into our community with economical, practical transportation. Your generosity is appreciated by us, our partners, and Cleveland's refugee population.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 11 May 2017 10:14 )

April Social Ride: poetic places

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Written by Joshua Goran
Tuesday, 24 February 2015 13:42

april social ride to Poetic Places

To pay proper notice to National Poetry Month,

In this cruelest month, we'll visit poetic places.  

We'll be let in early to the Eastman Reading Garden

Before the lunching season opens, officially,

To read Maya Lin's brother Tan's

Abstract brass and granite words on her sculpture.

After passing, the Erie St. Cemetery;

where many poets are certainly buried (or should be)

we drop down by the temple of lost love

and rise up literary to see about d.a. levy

where the city is painted with fading lines on a bridge.

Six Steps Down by the timeless market,

We pass where Daniel Thompson read his junk;

And say good bye to Hart Crane at a statue

By some guy, by the still-crooked river.


For more information, see the route map here (general Saturday Social Ride info here).

Last Updated ( Friday, 31 March 2017 15:45 )

Please contribute to our first Bike Drive!

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Written by Jim Sheehan
Wednesday, 15 February 2017 20:00

For the first time ever, for a variety of very good reasons, we have the good fortune to need to say: we need bikes! 

 So we are holding our first-ever Bike Dive: if you have a bike that could use a new rider, please consider donating it now, during the "off season" while we have time to get it fixed for a couple Spring projects we are working on.

We accept bikes anytime we are open, and most other days between 10am and 6pm (just give a call first to be sure we are in).  We accept any bikes, in any condition, but right now we are especially interested in collecting bikes with specific features needed for the Cleveland Refugee Bike Project and a special school project that will both use the most common and durable type available, which are described below.

Other types of bikes, including children’s bikes, will be refurbished by OCBC students, volunteers and staff, and sold to support this and other educational programs. OCBC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, so all donations are tax-deductible.

Bikes for the refugee bike project are the same type used for OCBC’s youth Earn A Bike program, for the same reasons: they are plentiful, very basic, and easily serviceable with no special tools. They are commonly available at department stores (but with proper repair and upgrading they’ll be much more efficient and reliable than when they were bought new!).

Refugee project bikes will be identifiable by these characteristics:

  • Mountain” style bikes (26" wheels) -- any size frames, men’s or women’s.

  • Commonly brands like Huffy, Roadmaster, Murray and Pacific.

  • They should NOT have shock absorbers on the front fork (often with rubber “accordion” boots) or suspension for the rear wheel (a spring mechanism in the frame).

  • Caliper” brakes

  • One-piece cranks

If you are not sure if we need it: bring it down: we can use it!  If you need advice getting it in a car, or other donation details, see our Donation Policy page.
Last Updated ( Wednesday, 15 February 2017 20:57 )
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