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Please help spread the word about next Saturday’s Harding ReCycle. Copy and paste the promotional info below and/or grab this PDF (2015 ReCycle public flyer) to send around through social media, email lists, and any other outlets you can think of.
5th Annual Harding ReCycle
Used Bicycle Sale and Festival
What: Used Bike Sale and Bicycle Festival
Where: Harding Elementary School
When: Sat., May 2nd, 9am-1pm
Who: Harding students, families, friends, the entire El Cerrito community, and anyone else interested in bicycling fun.
What is the Harding ReCycle?
The Harding ReCycle is a bicycle festival where you can
- buy a “ReCycled” bicycle refurbished by the Harding Dad’s Club bike mechanics
- get basic repairs on your bike for free
- learn how to make repairs yourself
- bring or borrow a bike and ride our obstacle course
- compete in the “Slowest Bike Race”
- learn how to ride without training wheels
- learn how to ride safely to school and around town with El Cerrito Police Bike Patrol officers
Buy a $2 raffle ticket to be entered in a raffle for a brand new kids bike valued at $350. Buy your ticket at the event or before school on April 29th, April 30th, or May 1st. Limited free helmets will be available to those who purchase a bike.
Donations Still Being Accepted
We will accept donations of used bicycles up to and including the day of the Harding Recycle. Arrange for your donation to be picked up from your home by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or bring it to the event on May 2nd.
Start planning for that bike you want to donate and think about the bike you may be looking for. We are already keeping our eye out for donations and planning for the next event.
Some facts and figures from the 2014 Harding ReCycle:
- 400+: The estimated number of people that came to Harding Elementary for the ReCycle and Rummage Sale
- 66: Number of bicycles sold
- 28: Number of bicycles repaired
- Priceless: The time and energy of the 30+ volunteers, both moms and dads, that helped the Harding Dad’s Club make the event possible
We’ve wrapped up another successful Harding ReCycle and many thank yous are in order. With amazing community support we received donations of nearly 100 bicycles. Roughly 30 different Harding parents, in support of the Harding Dad’s Club, put in many hours getting the bikes ready. These volunteers also arrived early this morning to set up and/or stayed to the end of today’s event to help break down and clean up. We also owe a big thanks to the Injury Prevention & Physical Activity Promotion Project of the Community Wellness & Prevention Program of Contra Costa Health Services. They donate the helmets that we are able to give away free to everyone who needs one. We gave away about 50 helmets today. Finally, we also owe a thanks to Blue Heron Bikes. Although Blue Heron is in Berkeley, Harding is connected to it via the Ohlone Greenway and it very much feels like the kind of neighborhood bike shop that the bicycling families of the Harding community can rely on. We’ll post some photos from the activities soon.
Wow! We don’t have an exact count yet, but it looks like we will have more than 70 bikes ready to sell starting at 10am tomorrow, May 3, for the 4th Annual Harding ReCycle. Our first year, 2011, we had about 35 bikes and sold them all. The next two years we had somewhere between 40 and 50 and sold all but one or two. The big question is whether there we will have enough people turn out to snap up the 70+ bikes we have this year. As a teaser, here are photos of two that came in just today (thanks to the last minute donors who contributed these bikes!). They add to our fleet of women’s bikes (meaning both traditional diamond-style frames but in small sizes and mixte or step-through frames).
Beginning Thursday morning, May 1, we’ll be selling raffle tickets before and after school outside the Harding gate on Ashbury Ave. Tickets are $2 each. You can also buy tickets on the day of the ReCycle right up until the 12pm drawing.
Here’s Raleigh’s stock image of the bike being raffled, a Raleigh Rowdy (more details below).
This is the exact color of the bike being raffled. It has 20″ wheels and six speeds. It’s a great first bike with gears for a boy or girl between the ages of 4 and 8. Since it has a freewheel cassette, which means that the pedals can spin in the backward direction unlike a bike with a coaster brake, the rider needs to become comfortable with using handbrakes.
Remember, even if you don’t have a rider in your family who is the right size for this bike, buy your raffle tickets and if you win you’ll be able to trade the bike for $200 credit towards the bike of your choice, or other merchandise, at Blue Heron Bikes. And if you already bought one of our refurbished bikes earlier in the day only to win the raffle at noon, we’ll give you your money back on the bike you already bought.
Picked up a nice 20″ wheel Mongoose today. You can barely make it out in the photo below. It’s behind the bright green Raleigh Rowdy. The mongoose is a very nice older kids bike that has some good bike mojo. Good bike mojo is when a bike has been ridden, loved, and enjoyed by more than one rider. This usually means it’s been well maintained and will continue to serve new riders into the future. The 20″ Mongoose will complement the 16″ Mongoose mini Viper donated yesterday. It also has good bike mojo. Four different kids rode it as their first bike without training wheels.
It’s next to the Raleigh Rowdy that we’ll be raffling off (buy your raffle tickets before/after school on Thursday and Friday or on the day of the ReCycle). Blue Heron Bikes, a great bike shop specializing in cargo bikes, family bicycling, and youth bikes, helped us out by giving us a great deal on the bike. The winner of the raffle, if the 20″ wheels of the Rowdy are too small, can instead received $200 credit at Blue Heron Bikes. Not bad for a $2 raffle ticket.