Month: April 2014

Raffle Details

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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.

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More deliveries, including the raffle bike

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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.

This set up makes a Yakima car rack obsolete for transporting bikes short distances.

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.

Bikes, Bikes, Bikes

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We’ve got some really outstanding bikes ready for Saturday. Go over to the Bikes! page to see photos of a very small selection of them. There are just too many to take photos of all of them and post them. You’ll have to come out to the event to see them for yourself.

One of our favorites is a restored Novara Aspen (photo below). It’s a beautiful powder blue color. The bike had been stored outside and was covered in grass and grime when we received it. But it cleaned up very nicely. It has a new chain, new grips, and plush slick tires for comfortable city riding. With a rear rack it’s ready to become a grocery runner, campus bike, or urban commuter. Add fenders and you have an all-year-round ride.

Check out bikes like this one and many others starting Saturday at 10am.

Novara Aspen

Work Parties are Over, Down to the Wire

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Saturday was our last work party and we knocked out another 12-15 bikes. The inventory of bikes to sell is now upwards of 60. What’s more, we have a great range of bikes. In past years, we’ve either gotten too many kids bikes and not enough adult bikes, or vice versa. This year we have a pretty even split. But we also have a great selection of styles. You’ll find everything from women’s-specific bikes and mixte frames (see the photo below the work party photos for an example of a mixte frame) to cruisers, upright urban commuter bikes, BMX bikes and mountain bikes (full suspension, hard tail, and rigid).

Oh, and did we mention there will be a taco truck? And the “good weather” guarantee? Not to mention the El Cerrito Police Department Bike Patrol will be present, and for the second year we’ll have a pop-up bike park courtesy of Gary Hill.

It’s going to be a great event. See you there…

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This is a Raleigh Record “mixte” type of frame. It was pulled out of the landfill and is in bad shape so won’t be ready for this year’s ReCycle. Maybe next year…

Burley Trailer anyone?

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Burley Trailer anyone?

These bike trailers go very fast on Craigslist. One was generously donated to the Harding ReCycle. It’s likely to sell fast this Saturday at the Harding ReCycle. Not, however, that we will not make any sales until the “gates” open at 10am.

Have a bike to donate? We’ll pick it up (by cargo bike!)

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Have a bike to donate? We'll pick it up (by cargo bike!)

Picked up a kids bike and trail-a-bike today from down in Berkeley and rode them back to El Cerrito to add to the inventory. It’s not the heaviest load carried on the old xtracycle, but close to it. If you have a bike or two to donate, let us know and we’ll swing by to pick it up.

How to choose a bike for your child

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The biggest thing that parents overlook when choosing a bike for their child is how difficult the weight of a bike can make it for a child to ride comfortably. The typical ratio of  body weight to bike weight for an adult is somewhere around  6 to 1. That would mean a 180 lb. adult would be riding a bike that weighs about 30 lbs. Would you want to ride a bike that is half your weight? That’s usually what a child is expected to do. A typical 20″ youth bike will weigh about 23 or 24 lbs., which is exactly what the Specialized and Trek bikes below weigh. Cheaper bikes, like a Magna, will weigh even more. That would mean that your 7 year old who weighs 50 lbs. would be riding a bike that is half her weight.

Specialized HotRock
Specialized HotRock 20″
Trek Mystic
Trek Mystic 20″

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