The Bike Clinic Too needs our help

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.

6 Responses to “The Bike Clinic Too needs our help”

  1. BenS Says:

    Patrick

    We have a similar operation called Recyclerly. A very worthy group serving the ‘beat’ and interestingly the far from ‘beat’ looking to try cycle commuting with a low cost bike.

    Recyclerly offeres maintenance classes beyond flat changing and shop space it you want to roll your own.

    A check is on the way to PPCF for Bike Clinic Too.

    We have to support our own, don’t we?

  2. Larry T. Says:

    Patrick, dig up a Paypal account detail so we can do something from over here in heaven….er….Italy. The sun is shining, we’re on the Ligurian Coast gazing at the sea after a challenging 116 kms (for those who toughed it out all the way) from the Appennines. Tonight we’ll dine on seafood risotto washed down with some rare Ligurian white wine. This tour has gone by way too fast!

  3. Patrick O'Grady Says:

    Gents, thanks to the both of you. I popped round to the Bike Clinic Too to drop off a smallish check this afternoon between bouts of VeloNewsing and to ask the guys whether they were geared up to take digital dollars. They are not, yet, so I’ll either set something up myself or sucker someone else into doing it.

    I haven’t fiddled with Paypal since we were soliciting donations for the old American Cyclo-cross Foundation, so I’m more than a little bit off the back.

    Meanwhile, for anyone who uses Facebook they do have a presence there … just search for Bike Clinic Too and hey presto! There you are.

  4. khal spencer Says:

    The PPCF site was impenetrable as far as sending funds directly to Bike Clinic Too through the Foundation. They seem to have electronic pay links to only their choice of agencies. I think you are right, Patrick. Gotta get out the postage stamp and carrier pigeon.

  5. SteveO Says:

    Another reminder how many of us are one accident away from catastrophe.

  6. mennobiker Says:

    Thanks for passing on this info. A check is in the mail. Peter generously helped me out many years ago when I was passing through the area. He inspired me to start up a similar shop recycling bikes for the homeless here in the Chicago area.

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