Kids Bike Swap June 9th!

We’ve been preparing for months for this big weekend and the weather looks like it’ll be a wonderfully bike friendly day! Thank you to the Herald’s Stephanie Davey for the great write up! There’s still time to volunteer, wrench on some kids bikes now through Saturday or sign up for a shift helping out the day of! We still need some non mechanic volunteers to fill in with check in, check out , helmet fitting & clean up. Sign up here

Kids Bike Swap

Kids Bike Swap Sunday June 9, 2019

11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

2531 BROADWAY AVE., EVERETT

in the back parking lot

A parent or guardian must come with each child to the Swap.

Russ N. checks out a bike at Kids Bike Swap 2012

Kids can trade in the bike they have outgrown and pick out a bike that fits them. Kids donate their old bike, and receive credit for the value based on its size and condition. A parent or guardian must be present at the Swap.

The credit can be used towards purchasing a bigger bicycle, which can costs an extra. Typically, when a bike is swapped, the family is able to take home their newly refurbished ride for $20 or less. Cash or checks  preferred. We also accept credit cards.

A free helmet comes with every bike – and we’ll make sure it fits!

About Swap Bikes

Bicycles with wheel sizes from 12-inches to 24-inches are ready for trading.

If your child needs a larger bicycle, we may be able to accommodate them.

All bikes are safety checked and refurbished by Sharing Wheels volunteers before they enter the Swap.

Swap Hours

No bikes will be swapped before 10 a.m. If you arrive early, please stay out of our “bicycle  coral.” If you arrive really early, we might even put you to work helping set up.

Before 12 noon, you must bring a bicycle to swap for credit to enter the Swap. After 12 noon, bicycles can be purchased for the value listed, without the need to trade.

The Swap closes at 2 p.m

Bike selection can’t be beat

Our white winter has meant plenty of quiet time at the shop this winter to prepare bikes for spring. We have lots of bikes – what we need now are customers. So if you or a friend need a bike, come on by.

Unlike retail shops that only carry certain lines of bikes, we have a bit of every brand: Specialized, Bianchi, Trek, Bridgestone, Giant, Softride, Kona, Townie, and much more.

It’s important to find the right bike – one that fits you and the way you plan to ride (fast, in town, on trails, carrying stuff, etc). Our shop staff and volunteers will take the time to find the right bike for you. We’ll encourage you to take a test ride and see how the bike feels, shifts and stops. Then come back and take a different bike out for a ride.

Years ago, I thought I wanted a hybrid city bike. But when I went for a test ride, I found out no, I wanted to go fast. I next tested a road bike Trek built specifically for women. It felt right from the start.

You won’t have a better variety of bikes to compare than at Sharing Wheels. We don’t have the latest models (very often), but the colors, the quality, and the fun-factor can’t be beat.

When you buy a bike from Sharing Wheels, the money pays for the refurbishing we might have put in (such as parts to ensure you’ll have a safe and functioning bike) as well as providing revenue that supports the shop overall.

You’ll get a bike that’s right for you, and we’ll put one more unused bike back into circulation.

  • Kristin Kinnamon, Board President

Seeking Board Members

Updated March 2019

Do you like bikes and want to give back to your community? Sharing Wheels Community Bike Shop is seeking volunteers for our nonprofit board of directors.

We have at least two and up to four openings. Submit a board_application (PDF) anytime – mail or bring to shop.

Board members support our mission of “connecting unused bikes to people who need wheels” with hands-on governance and enthusiasm. You don’t need to get greasy – we are looking for people with experience and expertise in one or more of the following areas:

  • Nonprofit or business management
  • Volunteer coordination
  • Fundraising and grants
  • Retail or business services
  • Everett community connections

Board members commit to monthly Board and committee meetings. We are updating vision and goals for 2019, keeping our growing shop aligned with our longterm mission of “connecting unused bikes to people who needs wheels.”

We seek Board members who bring a diversity of age, race, cultural background, economic background, and experience. Board members are usually elected to one-year terms each January, but can also be appointed by the board at any time.

If you are interested, or if you know of someone who you think would be a great Board member, please contact: board president Kristin Kinnamon at bikenbus @gmail.com or 425-923-7868.

Benefit Concert May 18 @ Zippy’s

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Cafe Zippy, 1502 Rucker Ave., Everett

Celebrate Bike Everywhere Day on Friday May 18th with live music from local talent at Cafe Zippy, just north of downtown Everett.
Tickets $10 at the door. Good food and drinks for sale, plus raffle baskets & “Pass the Cone” to raise funds for Sharing Wheels Community Bike Shop.
This benefit concerts helps fund our programs to serve low income adults and kids.
For updates head over to the Benefit Concert Facebook event.

 

Donations Keep Shop Open for All

14468704_1122457334456029_4224439738060814926_oIn 2002, Sharing Wheels began life providing basic bike services at the Everett Gospel Mission, while giving neighborhood kids (big and small) a place to hang-out, get greasy, and share bike love.

That same passion for bicycles and for helping others use bikes is what sustains us as a community bike shop today. This past year, about 85% of our customers were low income people. We hosted our 15th annual Kids Bike Swap and donated 100 refurbished kids bikes to Christmas House. We’ve expanded weekend hours and increased sales by 50%. Our shop is full of both basic and unique bikes* and tools and parts to fix the bike you love.

Our nonprofit board meets monthly. We dream of a bigger shop, more classes, and more programs for people who ride bikes – out of love, necessity, or both. We are working to expand our presence and impact in the greater Everett community.

Donate Button

In this season of giving, we ask each of you to consider a financial donation to Sharing Wheels at a level that is meaningful to you. One generous volunteer has already donated $500. Two of our board members have also committed $500 each – but they will double their donations if we can raise $1,000 match from you, our community of supporters.

Our shop is invaluable to many, and there’s a price for free access to tools, hands-on help, and the space we rent to hold all those wonderful bike things.

Did you fix a flat at the shop this year? Borrow our tools? Find the right screw or specialized part? Are you glad someone else was able to get a low-cost bike or used part?

With so many of our customers living in poverty, it’s especially important for those of us with a little extra to contribute – for ourselves, and for those who can’t.

We are a 501(c)3 charitable nonproft. You can donate now via PayPal on your credit card, or come by the shop with cash, check, or credit. Send checks to Sharing Wheels, 2531 Broadway, Everett WA 98201.

* Come buy a bike: We have a recumbent bike that needs TLC, bikes from Spain, Italy, Britain, Japan, and France, and lots more.

Meet our new shop manager

Santa bike mechanic

Sharing Wheels Community Bike Shop has hired our first-ever paid shop manager, Josh Pfister.

Josh has been a long-time volunteer with Sharing Wheels, and started working for us this summer as a bike mechanic.

He has worked at the Marysville Bike Shop and at Bicycle Centres in Everett. His preferred mode of transportation is an old Bridgestone set up as a singlespeed.

As shop manager, Josh will oversee daily shop operations, ensure quality repairs and outstanding customer service (he’s a very friendly guy), and work with the Board of Directors to promote our shop’s development and growth.

Thanks to a head start from volunteers during the United Way Day of Caring in September, Josh has been busy reorganizing the shop. Things look a lot different if you haven’t been by lately!

The job is part-time, but has allowed us to open the shop 4 days a week instead of just 3. Our Saturday hours are funded by a grant from the City of Everett.

Volunteers continue to be essential part of our nonprofit community bike shop. Stop by to meet Josh and see how you can help.

Now Hiring Shop Manager

Sharing Wheels Community Bike Shop is hiring our first-ever paid shop manager. Current volunteers and others who know their way around a bike shop are encouraged to apply.

Community Bike Shop Manager

Do you love bicycles – and helping people? Sharing Wheels Community Bike Shop seeks a qualified and enthusiastic part-time bike shop manager. We are a hub for all things bike-related in Everett, WA, and seek someone who wants to be the center of that wheel.

The shop manager will oversee daily shop operations and finances, ensure outstanding customer service, manage and develop staff (1-2) and volunteers, coordinate annual kids bike programs, and work with the Board of Directors to promote our shop’s development and growth.

Your day will include fixing bicycles, helping volunteers and visitors fix bikes, selling used bikes and parts, and assessing repairs and donations. See the full job description here.

Sharing Wheels is an established nonprofit with a mission to “connect unused bikes to people who need wheels.”

Hours: The job is currently part-time, starting at 20 hours a week, including the need for weekend and evening availability. The exact schedule may be negotiable. The job is expected to grow with the right candidate.

Pay starts at $15 an hour, and may be increased based on experience.

Apply by emailing your resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references to Board President Brice Howard,c/o sharingwheels@gmail.com. Your cover letter should describe how you meet the qualifications in the job description.

Position open until filled. Next review of resumes will take place Aug. 15. We hope to have someone start soon to allow for a training period with our longtime volunteer shop manager.

Bicycle Repair at Project Homeless Connect

While many people think of bicycles as kids toys, some adults rely on their bicycles to get to work, school, and services.

Bicycles are a cheap and efficient way to get around, but they do get flat tires, worn brakes, and other mechanical issues. Sharing Wheels Community Bike Shop volunteers will be at Project Homeless Connect this year offering minor bike repairs and secure bike parking for participants.

More than 1,000 homeless families and individuals attend the event every year. Attendees who travel by bike are encouraged to stop by the Sharing Wheels station for a free bike safety check. Minor repairs will be made on the spot. Volunteers will also provide valet bike parking for event participants and providers.

Sharing Wheels helps low income people keep their bikes on the road year-round. Anyone can use the tools in the shop for DIY fixes. Used bikes and parts are for sale. Classes and volunteers help teach people how to keep their bikes tuned up.

The shop is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 1 to 6 p.m. at 2531 Broadway Ave., Everett. Entrance is at the back of the Broadway Mall building.

Hours will be expanding later this summer. Donations of cash and quality used bicycles help support our work.

Sharing Wheels Moving Forward

By Brice Howard, Board President

After volunteering thousands of hours at Sharing Wheels for more than 10 years, Kristi Knodell has decided it’s time to pass the baton. Based in part on a review of other community bike shops, the Board of Directors is currently working on a plan to move from an all-volunteer shop management model to using paid staff.

Sharing Wheels elected a new Board of Directors during the summer of 2015. One of our primary goals at that time was to find a new space for the Sharing Wheels shop. We are hoping to find a larger space with greater visibility (and heat!). Although the current location is very affordable, anyone who has visited the shop knows it is a little crowded. And if you’ve ever spent time there in the winter, you also know there is no heat.

As part of this discussion, we looked at other community bike shops in the area. It turns out most of them rely on professional bike mechanics for a steady revenue stream that keeps the doors open and the lights on so they can run their other programs. The Board identified increasing revenue as a critical step in moving to a new location as we felt we needed to plan for higher rent in a new location. We also discussed expanding the number of shop hours on a weekly basis, the possibilities of retaining an all-volunteer shop model versus hiring employees, and looking for grant funding. However, finding grant funding for any nonprofit operations, such as paying the rent, is always difficult and not a longterm fix.

In late 2015 we drafted a grant application to the City of Everett Community Development Block Grant program (CDBG) program, proposing to use grant funds to expand shop hours on a weekly basis. In May we were notified we have been awarded a grant of $9,000, which should allow us to open the shop up for an additional nine hours per week. We expect to start offering Saturday and some evening hours sometime in July or August, which we hope will greatly increase the number of families and individuals served through the bike shop.

Currently, we are in the process of hiring two independent bicycle mechanics (former volunteers!) to prepare bicycles for sale, and to perform maintenance and repair services. These mechanics are expected to increase our “ready for sale” bicycle inventory, which in turn will hopefully begin to raise revenues. A few years back Kristi made an extra effort to prepare bikes for sale, by putting in more than her usual number of volunteer hours, and revenues increased noticeably.

Within the next month or two we anticipate hiring an additional staff person, a part-time Shop Manager/Bicycle Mechanic/Customer Service Representative. This individual will staff our new weekend and evening hours. Because of grant requirements we will need to track several criteria during these hours, such as number of customers served, number of new customers, and grant specific criteria

We hope to fill this position by the end of July so that the new Shop Manager will be able to train with Kristi over the month of August. This job opportunity has a lot of potential for growth, and the newly hired employee will be expected to help raise revenue and/or funding to pay for their position over the long term.

Volunteers will continue to be an essential part of our shop operations – we just won’t rely on one person’s dedication.

 

Kristi is planning to step down as Shop Manager at the end of August. Thanks to her years of hard work and careful management of Sharing Wheels, we are poised to grow over the next few years.

New Board Member Needed

Sharing Wheels Community Bike Shop is an Everett nonprofit established in 2001. We seek a board member with vision and a willingness to be hands-on.

We are looking for people with experience and expertise in one or more of the following areas:

  • Nonprofit or business management
  • Real estate
  • Fundraising and grants
  • Budgeting and finance
  • Community connections

Ideal candidates have demonstrated a passion for bicycles or community-building, and have participated in significant ways in other nonprofit organizations.

Applications are due May 18. Download the Board_Application.doc (PDF)

The new Sharing Wheels Board is working to develop and implement a strategic vision and operations plan to move the organization forward. The board meets monthly, and each member has an area of focus. The term runs through January 2017.