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Update From Bikes Not Bombs

Our Bike Shop is moving out of 18 Bartlett Square.

After more than ten years, our award winning Bike Shop is moving out of 18 Bartlett Square in Jamaica Plain when our lease expires at the end of this year in December. In our recent Letter from the Director we shared our plan to move the Shop into the Brewery building with our Hub at 284 Amory Street providing increased visibility in an established business environment where we plan to build a seamless connection between our Bike Shop and Youth Pathways. By integrating our space, we plan to diversify apprenticeships for teens and increase participation among women, girls, and vulnerable communities in many aspects of our social enterprise beyond mechanics, including retail management, accounting, marketing, and leadership development. We plan to continue providing youth with income, tangible skills, connections to others and a safe space to grow as we recognize our full potential as a Bike Shop and Training Center for Youth, while continuing to feature expert mechanic services, refurbished bicycles, parts and accessories, and increased access to clinics on bicycle safety and mechanics. Please check our Unite Under One Roof FAQs, as we continue to share updates on our plan’s progress.

     Photo by Chris Leong

How You Can Help

Use the bicycle as a vehicle for social change.

It has never been more crucial to take action to stop climate change, and we are proud to be an organization that has been able to put both environmental sustainability and social justice at the forefront of what we do each and every day. Our commitment to keeping thousands of bicycles out of the waste stream by giving these bikes a new life and continued value whether shipped internationally or refurbished locally by our youth and shop staff means that more underserved communities have access to environmentally friendly means of transportation, mutually benefitting both the earth and its inhabitants.

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Donate now.

Donating to support our mission is the best way you can ensure that Bikes Not Bombs’ Youth Pathways, International Partnerships and Bike Shop programs continue to grow. If each of the recipients of this e-newsletter donated just $10 today, we would be able to realize the dream of our Hub and Shop integration more fully by next year.

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Shop our fall sale.

This weekend, Friday, October 19th 1pm-6:30pm, Saturday, October 20th 9am-4pm, and Sunday, October 21st 12pm-4pm, we will be having a Fall Sale at the Bike Shop.Everything (except service, repairs and labor) will be 15% off. This includes:

  • refurbished and new bikes
  • used and new parts
  • accessories
  • apparel

The more you buy, the less we have to move. Every dollar you spend at the Bike Shop will help ensure our local youth programs and international partnership work continues to thrive. Every time you buy a refurbished bike, you keep a bike out of the waste stream and give it a new life.

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Take this short survey about our Bike Shop.

We value your feedback! By taking this short survey about our Bike Shop, you will help us understand what kinds of bikes and gear you’re looking for and how we may improve to serve your needs… and you just might win a BNB T-shirt! Please contact our Director of Learning and Evaluation, René Milet at rene@bikesnotbombs.org with any questions regarding this survey.

Interbike announces first wave of IBD Summit speakers at fall show

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Uber acquires Jump, a dockless e-bike share company

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Focus Bicycles USA makes retail marketing materials available through Promoboxx

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UBI hires B Vivit, recipient of women’s mechanic scholarship

ASHLAND, Ore. (BRAIN) — United Bicycle Institute has hired B Vivit, a graduate of the 2017 Quality Bicycle Products Women’s Mechanic Scholarship

Strava adds club feature to enable group bike ride planning

SAN FRANCISCO (BRAIN) — Strava has introduced a new feature on its mobile app and website: Club Events.

New brand, Vellow Bike Apparel, launches with spring collection

EDMONTON, Alberta (BRAIN) — Canada-based Vellow Bike Apparel is launching with spring collection it says was designed “to cater to riders who aren’t afraid to reveal the bolder side of their personality.” The brand’s founder, Ken MacLean, said men and women are getting bolder in their cycling style choices.  “Cycling is unique in that sense,” MacLean said.

Shimano bike sales slumped 17.4% in 2016

OSAKA, Japan (BRAIN) — Shimano’s bicycle-related sales slumped 17.4 percent in the company’s fiscal 2016 to 259,455 million yen ($2.27 billion), while operating income in that segment declined 27.5 percent, the company announced Tuesday. The company’s net sales were down 14.7 percent, exceeding the 8 percent drop for the year that the company forecasted last February . Shimano’s sales were up 14 percent in 2015, but quickly declined in 2016, when bike sales were down 20 percent in the first quarter

Bike registry services merge as Project 529 buys National Bike Registry

PORTLAND, Ore. (BRAIN) — The online bike registry platform Project 529 has acquired the National Bike Registry and is integrating the two programs, which have nearly 400,000 bikes in their combined registries

Wyn Masters’ rounds up his favourite Wheelie Wednesdays from 2016

Wyn Masters, downhill and enduro rider for GT Factory Racing, is living the dream one wheelie at a time. With close to 100,000 followers on Instagram, the Kiwi rider and racer has built quite the social media juggernaut. 

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Here’s his video compilation of his best Wheelie Wednesdays from 2016.

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