Two local programs that help put needy Bibleburgers astride free bicycles are struggling after one full-time mechanic sliced off a big chunk of one thumb and a part-timer found himself overwhelmed by the subsequent referral work and woefully short of funds, tools and parts.
Peter Sprunger-Froese and Brian Gravestock founded the Bike Clinic nearly two decades ago, making it work through a combination of cash support, donated machinery and low-cost and/or volunteer labor. Brian opened a sister shop in 2010, the Bike Clinic Too, and the two locations did a land-office business refurb’ing beaters for the beat.
Then Peter injured that thumb, and Brian abruptly found himself with a backlog of 80 bike orders.
I talked with Brian yesterday at Old Town Bike Shop, where he earns his living (owner John Crandall is also a supporter of Bike Clinic Too), and asked what he needed most to get the clinic back up to speed. He immediately replied, “Money.” He could do with some shop tools, too, and promised to get me a list of the most desperately needed items if I can pop round to an open house at Bike Clinic Too this Sunday (1-4 p.m. at 737 W. Monument, if you’re in the area).
If you can spare a buck or two or three, checks can be written to Pikes Peak Community Foundation — put “Bike Clinic Too” in the memo line — and mail them to PPCF at 730 N. Nevada, Colorado Springs, CO 80903. There’s probably a way to donate online but I don’t see it in a casual search of the PPCF site. If you have any tools you can do without, give me a shout and I’ll put you in touch with Brian and his colleagues at Bike Clinic Too, Eileen Brodie and Jon Hurly. I should be better informed and in possession of a photograph or two after the open house on Sunday.
Meanwhile, you can read more about the op’ here. A tip of the Mad Dog Campy cap to reporter Angie Jackson at my old employer, the Gazette.