The day is almost here!
This Thursday night come join us at our friends The Walter Brewing Company for a fun evening in support of GCBB’s work to serve the transportation- and bike-related needs of Puebloans in poverty.
Meet at 6, no-drop supported ride rolls out at 6:30 and will include a stop at the Bike Bank for quick tours. Return to Walter’s about 7:15 for games & prizes, baked goods, bike raffle, silent auction and GCBB merch for sale (stickers, new t-shirts, totes, socks).
Medium Electra Rat Rod 3-speed Cruiser for raffle – looks badass and rides like a dream! Specs here if you’re interested. Raffle called at 8:30, must be present to win.
New t-shirt design – unisex adult sizes S-3XL available in hi-viz yellow, blue, charcoal, black, and grey. Get one to wear to show your support!
Bonus: the charcoal and black ones hide bike grease 🙂
Please bring cash or check, or we accept Venmo – no cards at this time.
Steel City Café and Walter’s will both be donating a portion of their proceeds – come hungry and thirsty to support these local businesses who support the community’s needs!
This is one of two fundraisers we hold each year. We don’t hit the community up for money much because we’re too busy helping build/rebuild bikes for those in need. We work hard on this mission, so don’t mind asking that you help make this one a success!
-The GCBB Team
The weather has turned the corner and we are back into biking season! Well, some of us bike all year long, but now it’s just more pleasant. Some Spring updates from the Bike Bank:
Below are some students in-progress, and our most recent graduates (with instructor Sam)!
That’s all! Hope to see you out at Walter’s on the 1st!
-The GCBB Team
This past week we heard back from the IRS – after almost two years of being a state-recognized nonprofit corporation, we are now also federally recognized as a public charity.
Our reasons for hanging onto the in-between status of being incorporated but not tax-exempt were due to limited volunteer time and energy – organizing a board and following up on tax reporting is just more work when you’re an exempt organization, and we weren’t in a position to chase the bigger grants that would’ve made it worthwhile. Having been simply incorporated with the state, we could have a bank account, sign a lease, and receive electronic donations as an organization; that suited us then. Now with recognition as an exempt organization under section 501(c)(3), we are eligible for many more partnerships, funding opportunities, and any donor who wishes may write off the value of their donations from their personal or business income taxes.
This opens quite a few new doors, and we are excited to start knocking! Rest assured, it doesn’t change the spirit with which we serve Pueblo – we are still here for the needs of those on the margins, no matter how organized we get.
Thank you to all who’ve helped along the way!
-The GCBB Team
We have distributed a consistent running average of 2.5 bikes per week, every week, all winter long, to Puebloans in need. This is way more than we’ve been able to achieve in previous years. The difference is we have a few more dedicated volunteers, we’ve worked to outfit our workshop, we’ve committed more time to the community’s needs, and we’ve had more support from you!
Kudos to Ron for the workbenches which have made our shop so much more usable!!! >>>
501(c)(3) Tax Exemption:
We have recently applied for tax-exempt recognition from the IRS. This marks a big step for us organizationally, and we await the possibilities it opens up for us.
Green Chile Bike Institute:
The GCBI which launched mid-February has now graduated its first 2 classes of students, who completed a 20-hour curriculum including bike maintenance classes, guided volunteer shop work, and riding and repairing bikes out in the community. Major appreciation to Sam, who has instructed and coordinated the program from Day 1. Classes will continue through late spring, with a total of 6 cohorts benefiting from this grant-supported community program. Spots are still available for interested community members on a space-available basis, so please reach out with interest to email@example.com
As the weather warms, our needs and the needs of the community for bikes and bike repair services increase. So, we ask the following:
Thanks for reading this far! And for being involved in the ways you are able.
-The GCBB volunteers
These are some of the Puebloans we’ve been able to recently serve with your support:
GCBB is excited to announce our newest project, the Green Chile Bike Institute!
We have been granted funding by the wonderful KRD Foundation (check them out!) to conduct a skills- and community-building educational program. Read on to find out more!
Ok, sounds interesting, what’s it all about?
Course participants will have the opportunity to build their own bike and receive a $200 stipend as well as a Certificate of Completion for the following 20 hour curriculum:
3 2-hour Bike Maintenance and Building Classes (taught by a professionally-trained mechanic/instructor)
3 3-hour Supervised Shop Nights, working with our volunteer mechanics on restorations, including a bike of their choice for themself or a loved one
5 hours of riding in the community, with 2 repairs completed out and around Pueblo and visits to a local bike shop as well as one of the community repair stations.
Eligibility criteria for the course are the same as for our bike recipients. Those can be found here.
Our hope is that anyone completing the course can use the skills, confidence, community and bike they’ve built to go on to whatever opportunity is next for them, with the whole support of the GCBB team behind them.
We are recruiting participants now, so please contact us if interested!
Above are some of our recent bike recipients.
This sounds great, but I’m not eligible. Is there a way I can participate?
Interested community members not eligible under those criteria can take the course series and receive a certificate (no stipend) on a space-available basis. At this time we are only able to accommodate participants ages 18+. Please contact us to find out more! firstname.lastname@example.org
I don’t have the time to participate or volunteer, but is there a way I can help?
Yes! We can still use donations of partial or complete bikes as well as tools, components, and accessories. Financial support is also welcomed, as it helps us to focus on work directly with those in need rather than fundraising.
We are always looking especially for 80s, 90s and 2000s mountain bikes or cruisers with 26″ wheels, as these are great candidates for rebuilds. While we appreciate generosity in all its forms, we have limited volunteer energy, so please ensure donations are repairable – a bit of rust or dirt, missing pieces and parts, or worn tires are fine, but very old frames, road bikes, and bent or damaged bikes are not as useful.
Donations can be dropped off at Great Divide during business hours at 4th and Santa Fe.
Thank you! We can’t wait to update you on our first couple cohorts completing the GCBI!
-The GCBB volunteers
Hello all! Our fall fundraiser was a big success for such small turnout (tough weather day) but now as the recreational riding season quiets down, we look to the work that continues for those who ride because they need to. The need for bikes and bike repairs are ongoing through winter, and we will keep chipping away at the many donated bikes we receive.
We have instituted an appointment-only system which has made our distributions more manageable. This replaces the open shop nights, which were tried in spring and summer but eventually became overwhelming. We still have a pile of bikes to restore, and could sure use the helping hands.
Since we made this change, we have more space and attention to give to restorations, and can coach mechanics who want to learn. Right now this is our limiting factor – more hands make for lighter work!
So, if you know of anyone with bike repair skills (even something as basic as tire/tube changing is always needed!) or who wants to learn more about bike repair, we are willing to teach.
Please reach out to let us know of your interest and we’ll be in touch.
Email at email@example.com or text (719) 283-6039. Thanks!
-The GCBB volunteers
Save the date – Thursday October 27th. Meet for a short (costumed!) ride @ 5:30, ride leaves 6pm. Return to Walter’s for more fun, costume contest, raffle prizes and a good cause!
Come on out for our Spring Fundraiser in conjunction with Cruisin’ Pueblo and our friends at Walter’s Brewery!
6pm meet at Walter’s, 6:30 roll out for a supported, no-drop community ride, then return to Walter’s about 7:30 for music, a bike auction, bike games, and an update on GCBB’s work over the winter from the whole motley crew!
We are raising funds for shop rent, parts, locks, lights, and all the other odds and ends that help us to keep restoring and distributing bikes into the community.
GCBB merchandise (shirts, socks, stickers, etc) will be available for donation, so please bring some bills or your checkbook. We can also accept payment via PayPal /Venmo but no credit cards at this time.
Hope to see you there!
Come out and see us tomorrow Saturday the 23rd at the 2nd Annual Pueblo Classic!
GCBB will be supporting the AMR Safety Jam, working on minor repairs and instructing kids and their families in basic bike repair, safe riding, and some fun activities. Other organizations will be doing giveaways as well. FREE for all to participate!
Please also plan to join us as we ride the Classic downtown race course on Union Avenue at 12:30pm in the Mayor’s Community Ride – open to all! Great turnout last year, fun to fill up the course and get a few laps in with all kinds of bikes and bikers from around the area.
Race schedule here – there will be lots of cool cycling to watch. Please stay safe and remain out of the course boundary flagging tape. Hope to see you there – come join us for what’s shaping up to be a beautiful day!
Our workshop has been such a success that we’ve worked through our backlog of bikes this winter – this is a great problem to have, since that means they’re out in the community now, helping people get around.
That means we need you! (and your bikes)
As we get into spring cleaning season, please consider donating any bikes that are going unused. We have a continual need for adult bikes, especially mountain bikes. They are endlessly rebuildable, and provide reliable transportation for our neighbors here in Pueblo. Parts, tubes, tires and other bike-related odds and ends also help us in our mission. At this time, we do not need any children’s bikes.
Donations can be dropped off anytime during normal business hours at Great Divide on 4th and Santa Fe, or on Wednesday nights from 6-9pm at our workshop, 807 N Greenwood.
Thank you for your continued support!