Free Ride – New volunteers needed!

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Hey folks, here’s our latest call-out for new volunteers. We have a training comin up on April 20th, see details below…

So it’s that wonderful time of year again, when the little crocuses pop their heads out of the ground, the sun stays with us longer and the streets and sidewalks start filling with cyclists and pedestrians. It is also the time when Free Ride! starts filling with people in search of their own styling double wheeled mode of transit, the bicycle.

It seems as if we have enough bikes to help the people out, but sadly not enough volunteers. We are in desperate need of more Free Ride! volunteers!!!!

Volunteers you ask. What do these “volunteers” do?

Well, we are asking you to do exactly what we do.

Think back to when you first came to Free Ride!

* Remember that person who explained what in tarnation Free Ride! was all about?
* Remember that person who helped you pick out the perfect bike and sign up for Earn-a-Bike?
* Remember that person who taught you how to fix a flat, true a wheel, overhaul a bottom bracket, fix your brakes etc.?
* Remember that person who gave you the exciting volunteer task of organizing all the tubes or washers or nuts or whatever?

We need you to be that person!!!!

Every time Free Ride! is open we need between 3 and 4 volunteer staffers to assist people with the afformentioned activities.

Some people volunteer 8 hours a week and others 4 hours a month. Either one helps us out, because if we can get 20 people who can volunteer 4 hours a month we will be able to fill all of our volunteer shifts.

You do not need to be an expert bike mechanic or bicycle fanatic just someone who wants to help fulfill our mission:
enabling people of all ages to obtain, recycle, and maintain bicycles. Through educating people on how to recondition used, donated bicycles, we are putting forgotten bikes back on the streets in a reliable, safe condition. We aim to enhance the health of our community and environment by promoting active living and encouraging bicycle transportation.

Also, if you are interested in volunteering but feel like you need to learn more bike mechanics first- you have a few options. One- just start coming to the shop and volunteering during our open ours – Tuesday and Thursday 6-10PM Saturdays 1-5PM and the Women and Trans night every 2nd and 4th Wednesday.

The other option is to attend our adult mechanics classes- the schedule is available here:
Contact if you are interested and incentives are provided to those who want to become regular volunteers.

We will be having a special training session on Sunday April 20th from 2PM – 3PM. If you are interested in attending this training please write with VOLUNTEER TRAINING in the subject. If you can’t make this training and still want to be a volunteer please write us with the same subject, VOLUNTEER TRAINING, and tell us what times you are free. (i.e. I’m free weekdays after 4, weekends before 12 etc.)

And I forgot to mention that if you volunteer a certain amount of hours per quarter you are entitled to certain benefits, discounts on bike parts tools etc.

If you have any questions feel free to call us at (412) 731-4094 or stop by the shop during our open hours or e-mail us at

We would love to have you as part of the Free Ride Collective.

Bike On,
The Free Ride Recycled Bike Collective

(412) 731-4094

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