Meet BikeFest BikeBuilder #4: Papillon Cycles

We hope you’re coming to BikeFest on Fri., May 3. That’s this Friday! The annual BikeBuild contest is back for the third year in a row.

Local bike shops and co-ops were invited to build the best, most innovative, and creative bicycle as their entry. We encouraged the shops to use recycled parts, and all bikes had to be built without spending more than $250. This year’s BikeBuild participants are The Bike House, City Bikes, Papillion Cycles, and Phoenix Bikes.

At BikeFest, you’ll vote on your favorite build. After votes are collected, all the bikes will be auctioned off. All proceeds raised will go directly to WABA and will help support another year of bike advocacy, education, and outreach.

Many thanks to the participating shops for donating skills, time, and parts. We’ll be profiling each shop here leading up to BikeFest (previously, Phoenix Bikes and The Bike House!). We talked to John from Papillon Cycles about participating in the BikeBuild contest:

WABA: Tell us about Papillon Cycles.
Papillon Cycles:: Papillon Cycles is a full-service bike shop! We mean to convey that every cyclist’s needs can be met by us, whether it is one who needs a flat fixed or an adjustment made while they wait, to someone who needs an exotic or rare bicycle refurbished, to building a unicycle for a round-the-globe adventure. We sell a wide variety of bicycles, too, and are a Giant and Breezer bikes dealer. We love our community and are excited to welcome new friends to the joys of cycling in and around Arlington!

WABA: Tell us about the bike you’re building.
PC: Well, the bicycle we are building for the BikeBuild contest is a classic, a Western Flyer. It’s a ladies’ model, or a guy’s—we’re not self conscious over here. We were inspired by the way a bicycle, this one or any bicycle, can help one create their own luck! It will have character, that’s for sure. We didn’t spend very much on this one in terms of cash, but we broke the bank in other ways! We would love to see the auction winner riding this bicycle on their most useful and widest local thoroughfare, in a bike lane.

WABA: What do you hope D.C.’s bike community looks like in 10 years?
PC: We hope that the DC area bicycle community will be bigger in 10 years. We hope it will be more welcoming and inclusive of casual and utilitarian-minded cyclists, as well as the racers too!

One thing that is always on our mind over here on Columbia Oike is car traffic. We hope that with increased participation in bicycle advocacy, laws and infrastructure will grow with the increased demand for safe, easy, healthy, fun bicycling! Cycling should be an option for everyone, everywhere.

WABA: What’s Papillon up to this spring?
PC: New to Papillon this spring and summer are free flat repair and bicycle maintenance classes! We do these every Tuesday and Thursday at 6 p.m. We are also moving next door in our same building and expanding this summer. We will have a larger selection of bicycles, as well as parts and accessories. Papillon-branded cycling caps, wool jerseys, and water bottles are also new. Capital Bikeshare is coming to our neighborhood, too!

Want a chance to bid on Papillon Cycles’ new build and bring home a new ride? Buy a BikeFest ticket today. BikeFest will sell out, so get on it!

Meet BikeFest BikeBuilder #3: City Bikes

We hope you’re coming to BikeFest on Fri., May 3. The annual BikeBuild contest is back for the third year in a row!

Local bike shops and co-ops were invited to build the best, most innovative, and creative bicycle as their entry. We encouraged the shops to use recycled parts, and all bikes had to be built without spending more than $250. This year’s BikeBuild participants are The Bike House, City Bikes, Papillion Cycles, and Phoenix Bikes.

At BikeFest, you’ll vote on your favorite build. After votes are collected, all the bikes will be auctioned off. All proceeds raised will go directly to WABA and will help support another year of bike advocacy, education, and outreach.

Many thanks to the participating shops for donating skills, time, and parts. We’ll be profiling each shop here leading up to BikeFest (previously, Phoenix Bikes and The Bike House!). We talked to Saul, a City Bikes staffer, about participating in the BikeBuild contest:

WABA: Tell us about City Bikes.
City Bikes: City Bikes is a full-service shop with three locations in and near D.C.—our flagship in Adams Morgan, another store right on the Capital Crescent Trail in Chevy Chase, and our newest location on Capitol Hill. Celebrating our 25th anniversary this year, we helped create a real cycling culture in Washington. Today, we serve every type of cyclist, from children to young adults to more mature riders; men, women, enthusiasts, and experts alike. More than anything, we believe that cycling is for everyone, and we think of it as fun. That’s why we often say: Let’s ride!

WABA: Tell us about the bike you’re building.
CB: Our entry is a Trek mountain bike that was donated to our Capitol Hill location upon the purchase of its successor. As such, it represents the type of “basement find” or used bike which often serves as the jumping-off point for a new bicycle commuter. The 26-inch wheels and steel frame provide a stable platform and the newly installed swept bars provide a comfortable riding position. Our inspiration comes from legendary, 25-year City Bikes mechanic and daily commuter Mark Winstead. We have stripped the drive-train down to its essentials, while leaving enough gears for the ups and downs of D.C.’s terrain, and added racks and other features to make the bikes as useful as possible. A true urban commuter—you might even call it a “city bike”—our entry really embodies the spirit of City Bikes.



WABA: What do you hope D.C.’s bike community looks like in 10 years?
CB: In ten years, we’d love to see even more people using bikes as their primary form of transportation, or riding for fun on evenings and weekends. With the help of services like Capital Bikeshare and sites like Craigslist, the number of butts on bikes—pardon the language—has skyrocketed. As we continue to engage and educate cyclists on the range of options available to them, proper gear, the importance of safety, and other important elements of riding, we believe that everyone will realize how cycling fits into their lives. Combined with better and better public policies and infrastructure for cyclists (thank you, WABA!), we’re confident D.C. will set the standard for commuter cycling for cities across the country.

WABA: What’s City Bikes up to this spring?
CB: This season is one of the most exciting we’ve ever had. Why? ‘Cause we’re celebrating our 25th anniversary! And we won’t be celebrating alone. City Bikes has always been committed to the community, and we can’t think of a better way to mark this occasion than with customers old and new. After BikeFest, our next big event will be Bike to Work Day (together with WABA), which means a lot to us as it encourages the commuter cycling culture we’ve worked so hard to build. From there, be on the lookout for weekly classes and rides at all three of our locations and pop-ups in places like Eastern Market and the Capital Crescent Trail. We’ll also be hosting larger events—including a big anniversary bash—and rides, and rolling out anniversary specials all spring and summer long.

Many thanks to City Bikes! If you haven’t bought your tickets to BikeFest yet, time is running out! Buy your ticket today.

Meet BikeFest BikeBuilder #2: The Bike House

We hope you’re coming to BikeFest on Fri., May 3. The annual BikeBuild contest is back for the third year in a row!

Local bike shops and co-ops were invited to build the best, most innovative, and creative bicycle as their entry. We encouraged the shops to use recycled parts, and all bikes had to be built without spending more than $250. This year’s BikeBuild participants are The Bike House, City Bikes, Papillion Cycles, and Phoenix Bikes.

At BikeFest, you’ll vote on your favorite build. After votes are collected, all the bikes will be auctioned off. All proceeds raised will go directly to WABA and will help support another year of bike advocacy, education, and outreach.

Many thanks to the participating shops for donating skills, time, and parts. We’ll be profiling each shop here leading up to BikeFest (previously, Phoenix Bikes!). We talked to Peter, a volunteer at The Bike House, about participating in the BikeBuild contest:

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WABA: Tell us about The Bike House.
The Bike House: The Bike House is a community-based bicycle repair co-op in Washington, D.C. Our mission is to build a place where all people can learn about, work on, and enjoy bikes. We do this by providing free bicycle maintenance services and education through our weekend clinics, mobile bike clinic, and beginner and advanced mechanics classes. If you are having a problem with your bike, bring it to one of our clinics and our volunteers will teach you how to fix the problem yourself.

WABA: Tell us about the bike you’re building.
TBH: As a group of avid bike enthusiasts, many of us have accumulated a ton of extra parts for planned projects, so one of the main things was to parse through what was available and develop a vision based on that. After looking at all of the donations, we decided to build up an old Ross trekking frame made in Allentown, Pa. into a grocery/townie bike. One of the main draws of the Ross frame was how intertwined the company was in post World War II U.S. bike history.

I’ve wanted to build a townie bike for myself for a while because I feel it’s a great utilitarian type bike that allows whoever riding it to cut out a lot of use for their car. When presented with the WABA BikeFest build, I decided to give it a try. Luckily, the parts lined up for this and we started in on fixing it up. I would hope that anyone who gets this bike uses it to get to work, get to the store, and haul everything they need in relative comfort.

 

WABA: What do you hope DC’s bike community looks like in 10 years?
TBH: We want to see more people on bikes in every quadrant in the city. Whether it’s getting to and from work, exploring the city, or hitting the road for a long weekend ride, there’s so much to do on two wheels in D.C. The Bike House will be there to give people the tools they need to ride farther and keep their bikes happy and their wheels true.

WABA: What’s The Bike House up to this spring?
TBH: The Bike House tends to go into hibernation over the winter, but we are open again and ready to help everyone get their bikes tuned up for the riding season. Our clinics are Saturdays 12-3 p.m. at Annie’s Ace Hardware and Sundays 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Bloomingdale Farmer’s Market (which opens in May). We also will be doing various mobile clinics this year, at locations to be determined.

We are always looking for volunteers who are interested in learning and teaching bike repair, and helping their neighbors get their bikes working. If you are interested in volunteering or just learning more about what we do, please come to one of our clinics, visit our website at http://thebikehouse.org or contact a volunteer at thebikehouse@gmail.com.

Many thanks to The Bike House! If you haven’t bought your tickets to BikeFest yet, time is running out! Buy your ticket today.

Meet BikeFest BikeBuilder #1: Phoenix Bikes

We hope you’re coming to BikeFest on Fri., May 3. The annual BikeBuild contest is back for the third year in a row!

Local bike shops and co-ops were invited to build the best, most innovative, and creative bicycle as their entry. We encouraged the shops to use recycled parts, and all bikes had to be built without spending more than $250. This year’s BikeBuild participants are The Bike House, City Bikes, Papillion Cycles, and Phoenix Bikes.

At BikeFest, you’ll vote on your favorite build. After votes are collected, all the bikes will be auctioned off. All proceeds raised will go directly to WABA and will help support another year of bike advocacy, education, and outreach.

Many thanks to the participating shops for donating skills, time, and parts. We’ll be profiling each shop here leading up to BikeFest, beginning with Phoenix Bikes. We talked to Edoardo, Phoenix Bikes’ shop manager, about participating in the BikeBuild contest:

phoenix bikesWABA: Tell us about Phoenix Bikes.
Phoenix Bikes: Phoenix Bikes has supported local youth in the D.C. metro area since 2007, providing a safe, nurturing, and educational environment that reinforces teamwork, hard work, and entrepreneurship through bike maintenance and education programs. Since our launch, we have had the opportunity to sponsor more than 300 youths and provide more than 1,500 refurbished bikes to the community. Almost all the materials we use to build, teach, and sell are recycled. The donated bikes, components, and tools are saved from their untimely end at the landfill and live on through what we do.

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Seven teens worked on Phoenix’s BikeBuild entry with Edoardo. They overhauled the wheels, prepped the frame for painting, and installed parts.

WABA: Tell us about the bike you’re building.
PB: For WABA’s BikeBuild Contest we wanted to create a bike that is functional, durable, and classy. The inspiration for this bike came from a bike that was seen in Portland, Ore. It was a commuter bike whose beauty shined through its functional and elegant style. For our build we used a mountain bike platform to give the bike more versatility. This is a super commuter-plus bicycle for the ladies. We see the owner riding this bike on paved and gravel trails, in bike lanes, on singletrack, and on bike tours. We say commuter-plus because we hope the rider uses it as their go-to get-around one-bike quiver. If the owner wants, they can swap the rigid fork for a suspension fork (and perhaps the bars) and take this rig on some sweet singletrack. The majority of the materials we used for this bike are donated and recycled materials. We did, however, use some new accessories to make our ride more classy, functional, and ready for anything the trail throws at it.

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Phoenix’s creation has shiny tires, a front basket, silver fenders, and double water bottle holders.

WABA: What do you hope D.C.’s bike community looks like in 10 years?
PB: I ride in D.C. on occasion, and can’t really speak for what I hope it looks like in 10 years in terms of the bike community. I know that the Capital Bikeshare program is one of the most successful bike shares in the country. I also know that D.C. has a growing number of bike lanes and bike parking throughout the city. What I do hope to see 10 years in the Northern Virginia and D.C. bike communities are more bicycle-friendly businesses, businesses that encourage employees to ride to work by offering incentives, showering facilities, parking, and more. I hope to see the continued growth of bicycle infrastructure throughout the area. Lastly, I hope to see more and more folks embracing cycling as viable form of healthy, green, transportation.

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Edoardo says that this bike, outside of the United Bicycle Institute in Portland, was the inspiration for Phoenix’s build.

WABA: What’s Phoenix Bikes up to this spring?
PB: This spring is as busy as ever at Phoenix Bikes. We are participating in various events such as the Del Ray Bike Swap on May 11, Bike To Work Day on May 17, the Knock ‘N Roll Fundraiser for Phoenix Bikes by T3 Honu on May 18, and the New Belgium Tour De Fat on June 1st.

Want a chance to bid on Phoenix Bikes’ new build and bring home a new ride? Buy a BikeFest ticket today!

BikeFest Tickets Are on Sale Now!

You are cordially invited to the area’s only speakeasy-style party to celebrate bicycling. BikeFest is the Washington Area Bicyclist Association’s annual fundraiser, and this year’s will be filled with more jazz, class, and table games than ever before! Join us for an evening of elegance, card tables, poker chips, drinking, eating, and dancing. Tickets are on sale now.

BikeFest is our signature fundraising event to support our efforts, which promote bicycling for fun, fitness, and transportation; to advocate for better bicycling infrastructure; and to educate children, adults, and motorists about safe bicycling.

There will be live jazz and swing music, and we are bringing in professional dealers and card tables. Those who play table games can trade in their chips for tickets to win bike-themed prizes. And we encourage you to dress to impress—think Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. We’ll have a photo booth so you can show off your elegant outfit.

BikeFest will also feature a silent auction with vintage bike art and specially themed “experience packages” (like a mountain bike tour with a local rider). Bring your wallet!

The BikeBuild Contest, for which local shops build their own creative, innovative, sometimes wacky bikes, will return for the third year. You will get to vote for your favorite build and the shops will auction off their new creations to the highest bidder. Papillon Cycles, Phoenix Bikes, City Bikes in Adams Morgan, and the Green Commuter are the brave BikeBuild competitors this year. Stay tuned and follow our blog for BikeBuild updates.

 A big thank you to WABA’s generous BikeFest 2013 sponsors: The Boeing Company, Chipotle, Signal Financial, CH2M Hill, Toole Design Group, and Entertainment Sound Production.

 Mark your calendars and buy your tickets now for BikeFest 2013. WABA members can purchase tickets at the discounted price of $45 (make sure to use the special discount code we emailed you yesterday). Tickets are $55 for the public. Space is limited and BikeFest will sell out!

Want to be a part of it all and help make the event happen? We need your help as a BikeFest volunteer! Sign up for a volunteer shift here. Interested in becoming a BikeFest sponsor, major donor, or raffle prize donor? Contact michelle.cleveland@waba.org.

Event Details
DATE: Fri., May 3, 2013
TIME: 8 p.m. to midnight
LOCATION: Eastern Market North Hall, Washington, D.C.
TICKETS$45 for WABA members (use the discount code you received via email), $55 for nonmembers

BikeFest is made possible by our generous sponsors