What we did in 2012!

Year review in numbers

169 - Bikes earned by youth aged 8-16 in Youth Earn-a-Bike
271 - Bikes given to youth under the age of 7
62 - Bikes that went out to partnering programs that work with youth
502 - Bikes that Back Alley Bikes got to youth aged 0-16 this year.

812 - Kids coming to our shop that wanted to be in Earn-a-Bike
571 - Kids we were able to get into Earn-a-Bike
1445 - Hours youth put in working and learning in the workshop

344 - Adults that came to the Adult Mechanic Class

3322 - Volunteer hours put in

These numbers only tell part of a story of course.  The number of bikes going out doesn't talk about what our youth took intellectually and emotionally from their time in the shop.  Also not reflected in these numbers are the Mechanic-In-Training students we hired this past summer, nor all the youth we met with while visiting schools.  In February we will be taking the Mechanic-In-Training students to the Youth Bike Summit in New York City.  We are really excited for what might come out of that experience.  Here's to 2013!

Wheel Building Class!

Every Friday in January!
How much would a set of hand-built wheels cost you?  More than $150?  Yeah, probably.  So what if I told you we were offering a class where you learn to build the wheels and walk away with a wheel set for $150?  Yeah, it is a pretty good deal.
Every Friday in January from 5-8pm Darrin will be teaching folks to build their own wheels.  To finish your wheels by the last class you will need to attend all four sessions (plus for $150 you really don't want to miss a second of this action).  The first class is on January 4th to get your bike measured so we can order the right rims and spokes for your wheel build.  So contact Darrin or Heather (just add 'at' after their name for their email addresses) to let them know you are interested in the class!
Holiday Hours
So you know...Holidays and stuff.  We are taking some time off.

The Hub of Detroit will be closed Mon, the 24th-Thurs, the 27th and reopen on Friday, the 28th

Back Alley Bikes will be closed Mon, the 24th-Tues, the 1st.  Programming will resume at the new volunteer orientation on Wed January 2nd.

As always, for Back Alley Bikes programming you can check the calendar on our