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Do you have a bike or two taking up space and collecting dust? Is so, consider donating them to Free Bikes for Kids (FB4K) for their annual drive to help kids smile.

Help a kid smile, donate any old bikes you have this Saturday

Do you have a bike or two collecting dust, taking up space and no longer needed? If so, consider donating them to Free Bikes 4 Kids (FB4K) for their 11th annual drive, putting more smiles on kids faces. For those who have already donated extra bikes laying around, you can still help by volunteering to get the bikes ready. Their goal this year is to collect more than 10,000 bikes to hand out, can you help?

FB4K helps kids smile by donating your bike

Free Bikes for Kids help kids smile with the 2016 season Bike Collection Day, on Saturday, October 8th, Donate your bikes to help more kids.

FB4K is on a mission to see 10,000, plus smiles from all the bikes they will collect this Saturday.

The kick-off to the 2018 Bike Collection Day is on Saturday, October 6th. To make this year a success they need both your old bike(s) and help to get the bikes ready.

Helping FB4K’s put more smiles on kids faces is pedaling philanthropy

Don’t have a bike to donate? Join them at their warehouse, in Brooklyn Center, over the next two months. Sign-up for a shift or two, at a time that works with your schedule. Just open this volunteer link and answer a few questions so you can help with the 10,000 plus bikes that will be dropped off and moved to their warehouse this Saturday. Come on your own or bring your crew when you volunteer. Sign-up today to secure your spot. The more, the merrier!

Free Bikes for Kids helps kids smile so please help by volunteering to clean or wrench on some bikes if you can't help with bike donation.

Join the fun, help clean or wrench on some of the used bikes like these guys.

The warehouse, at 5930 Earle Brown Drive in Brooklyn Center, is where volunteers will clean, refurbish and give a final quality control check to each bike donated. Be a cleaner, an organizer, or a mechanic for a shift or two or more. Volunteer on your own or line up a large group. FB4K will be open seven days a week, so get involved today. Email Riely the Volunteer Coordinator, at riley@fb4k.org  he can help schedule your group.

About Free Bikes 4 Kidz

Free Bikes 4 Kidz is a non-profit organization geared toward helping all kids ride into a happier, healthier childhood by providing bikes to those most in need. The public donates gently used bikes. Then, they organize thousands of volunteers to clean and refurbish them before they give them away to kids in need. So really, FB4K helps kids smile.

In 2008 they gave away 300 bikes and last year there were over 9,316 bicycles collected and given out to children in December. In the last 10 years over 50,000 bikes have rolled through their giveaways. That is a lot of smiles on kids faces!

Though the generous help of key partners like Allina Health, QBP, Penn Cycle, Park Tool, Nice Ride MN, and others, FB4K has gone far. But they still need your support in building the foundation and to help every kid ride into a more memorable childhood.

Do your part making kids smile, see more at  FB4K.org/

Put more smiles on children's faces by volunteering with Free Bikes 4 Kidz to clean, prep, or wrench some of the 5,000 bicycles collected this last month.

Helps kids smile by volunteering to prepare all the bikes donated

In the Twin Cities, help the the Free Bikes 4 Kidz (FB4K) program. Put more smiles on children’s faces by volunteering to clean, prep, or wrench some of the 5,000 plus bicycles collected this year. All bicycles collected are being stored and repaired at their warehouse in New Hope, MN. With the distribution starting on Saturday, December 8th, your help is needed make sure these bikes are ready.

Help Free Bikes 4 Kidz put more smile on kids faces

Free Bikes for Kids helps kid's smile with the 2016 season Bike Collection Day, on Saturday, October 8th, Donate your bikes to help more kids.

FB4K helps kid’s smile with their annual Bike Collection Day, in October 8th.

Now through Friday, December 8th – 7 days a week – several daily shifts will be available to volunteer at. If you have extra time, please use the FB4K’s registration system to sign up for a shift you are willing to help out at. They need volunteers of all skill levels to clean and fix bicycles, no experience necessary!

Their New Hope location will serve as the FB4K bike warehouse, prep and distribution center this year. This warehouse is where volunteers will clean, refurbish, and give a final quality control check to each bike donated. Volunteer on your own or line up a large group. FB4K will be open seven days a week to fit your schedule. Questions? You can email their Volunteer Coordinator, Catherine@fb4k.org. she can help schedule you and your group.

About Free Bikes 4 Kidz

Free Bikes for Kids helps kid's smile with the 2016 season Bike Collection Day, on Saturday, October 8th, at the Mall of America.

FB4K helps kid’s smile with season Bike Collection Day, in October around the Twin Cities.

FB4K is a non-profit organization geared toward helping all kids ride lead a happier lifestyle. To this date, over 37,000 lives have been changed with this bike program. The public donates gently used bicycles. Then, they organize thousands of volunteers to clean and refurbish them before they are given away to kids in need. So really, FB4K helps kids smile!

In 2008 they gave away 300 bikes. Last year it  was 5,500 bikes and what about this year? Again over 5,500 bikes were collected. In the last eight years there have been over 35,000 bikes that have rolled through their giveaways. What does FB4K have to say about that? They claim they are not done yet. Their future sights are set on other locations throughout the U.S. and the world.

Every year 25 million bikes are sold in the U.S. with one-third of those bikes are 20” wheel-size or smaller. Since kids grow like weeds. Because of this, over 8 million bikes are virtually outgrown each year, giving them an endless supply, while making our environment more sustainable.

The Generous Sponsors of FB4K

Though the generosity of key partners like Allina Health, QBP, Penn Cycle, Park Tool, and Nice Ride MN, FB4K has gone far. However, they still need your support in building the foundation and to help every kid ride into a more memorable childhood. Why volunteer, why not?

So do your part making kids smile, volunteer today at: http://fb4k.org/.

Free Bikes for Kids helps kid's smile with the 2016 season Bike Collection Day, on Saturday, October 8th, at the Mall of America.

Bike Donation: Organization Helps Kids Smile With Your Old Bikes Collecting Dust

Do you have a bike or two taking up space and collecting dust? Is so, consider donating them to Free Bikes for Kids (FB4K) for their annual drive to help kids smile. However, if your house or storage space is clean, your help is needed too! You can help clean the used bikes and get them ready for kids to ride.

FB4K Helps Kids Smile by Donating Your Bike

Free Bikes for Kids help kids smile with the 2016 season Bike Collection Day, on Saturday, October 8th, Donate your bikes to help more kids.

Free Bikes for Kids helps kids smile with the 2016 season Bike Collection Day, on Saturday, October 8th, Donate your bikes to help more kids.

The kick-off to the 2016 season is Bike Collection Day on Saturday, October 8th, but to make it successful they need your bikes!

FB4K Helps Kids Smile by Volunteering

Don’t have a bike to donate? Join them at Mall of America (MOA) from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. to help receive the 5,000 bikes that will be dropped off and moved to their warehouse. Come on your own or bring your crew. The more, the merrier! Register here to secure your spot.

Free Bikes for Kids helps kids smile so please help by volunteering to clean or wrench on some bikes if you can't help with bike donation.

Free Bikes for Kids helps kids smile please help by volunteering to clean or wrench on some bikes like these guys.

MOA will serve as their bike warehouse. This warehouse is where volunteers will clean, refurbish, and give a final quality control check to each donated bike. Be a FB4K cleaner, an organizer, or mechanic for a shift, or two, or more. Volunteer on your own or line up a large group. FB4K will be open seven days a week, so get involved today. Email Tia Martinson, Volunteer Coordinator, at: tia@fb4k.org, she can help schedule your group.

About Free Bikes 4 Kidz

Free Bikes 4 Kidz is a non-profit organization geared toward helping all kids ride into a happier, healthier childhood by providing bikes to those most in need. The public donates gently used bikes. Then, they organize thousands of volunteers to clean and refurbish them before they give them away to kids in need. So really, FB4K helps kids smile.

In 2008 they gave away 300 bikes. Last year it  was 5,000 bikes. And this year – who knows. In the last eight years over 30,000 bikes have rolled through their giveaways. What does FB4K have to say about that? They claim they are not done yet. Their future sights are set on other locations throughout the U.S. and the world.

Every year 25 million bikes are sold in the U.S. One-third of those bikes are 20” wheel-size or smaller. Since kids grow like weeds, over 8 million bikes are virtually outgrown each year, giving them an endless supply, while making our environment more sustainable.

Though the generous help of key partners like Allina Health, QBP, Penn Cycle, Park Tool, Nice Ride MN, and the Mall of America, FB4K has gone far. But they still need your support in building the foundation and to help every kid ride into a more memorable childhood.

Do your part making kids smile, see more at: http://fb4k.org/

 

An emergency bike tire boot repair option

Brad Kopp, One ten Cycles Service Manager/Assistant Store Manager

The inevitable truth is that every avid cyclist has, or will eventually have, a flat while riding and need a bike tire boot repair. When considering a repair the key is to identify the cause of the flat and resolving the issue before continuing with an inner tube replacement. Having the right tools and knowledge will help get you rolling down the trail safely again.

A bike tire boot repair option

Identifying the need for a bike tire boot repair from a blow out.

Identifying the need for a bike tire boot repair from a blow out.

The type of hole in the inner tube can give you an idea of whether a tire boot is necessary. A small pinhole would indicate a puncture via thorn, wire, glass etc.  Two small cuts on either side of the tube indicate a pinch flat caused by too low of pressure and an impact with a rock or pothole. In most cases, these scenarios do not necessitate a tire repair.

Identifying a blowout

Installing a bike tire boot when you need to repair from a blow out.

Installing a bike tire boot when you need to repair from a blow out.

A blowout can be identified by a large shredded hole or a long horizontal slit, commonly caused by a ripped tire or improperly seated tire bead. Failure to repair the tire casing in the event of a blowout could allow your new inner tube to protrude from the tire and flat immediately. It’s possible to temporarily repair a tire with a boot such as Park Tool’s TB-2. It should be noted that booted tires should be replaced as soon as possible.

Take the following steps to repair a damaged tire:

  1. Temporarily repair a tire with a boot such as Park Tool’s TB-2.

    Temporarily repair a tire with a boot such as Park Tool’s TB-2.

    Locate cut or tear in tire.

  2. Clean inside of tire around tear (alcohol wipes work excellent).
  3. Locate and remove emergency tire boot backing.
  4. Place patch over damaged tire casing, making sure not to overlap the tire bead.
  5. Firmly press down patch.
  6. Re-install tire and tube.

Pro Tip: Also inspect for rim strip failure in the event of a blowout. A damaged rim strip can sometimes be emergency repaired with a section of a TB-2 patch.=-09876543.

For more questions related to keeping your bike in top shape, stop in an see Brad at One ten Cycles, On Highway 100, west of the 35E Freeway in Mendota Heights, MN.