Saturday, April 29, 2006

Wallingford BIkes donation program

I was drinking coffee, trolling about the net bike links, and stopped by Wallingford Cycle stuff (wallbike.com) . They have the coolest touring bags and stuff (tho they have a sale page too). Right on their front page was a call out to non-profit bike groups that they might donate to (a percentage of their Brooks Saddle sales... ahh... I LOVE Brooks saddles).

I went ahead and sent them a little spiel plus our web page link. Here is the post quoted:
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Hello Wallingford

I stopped by your lovely page to look at some tour bags and such and saw your call out to non-profit cycle concerns.

I am on the board of Wheels for Winners here in Madison, Wisconsin. We've been working with youth in the community since 1992, providing free, refurbished bikes after they complete 15 hours of community volunteer service. We provide opportunities for volunteer mechanics, who work in our shop (with 3 work benches, fully equipped with donated tools), and we do outreach to commuity organizations to provide the volunteer opportunites as well as encourage kids to join the program. We also work with local bike vendors and businesses to assist us with funding, helmets, locks, bike parts... even bike storage. And of course we work with the community to provide us with bikes to refurbish (which also keeps them OUT OF THE LANDFILL!)

Here's a humble web page with some background info on who we are:

http://wheelsforwinners.org/

we'd be honored to be included in your donation program.

Sincerely

Mark Evans

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Ya never know what will become of these things, eh?
I put the wheelsforwinners gmail address as the reply to.

Our latest volunteer replyer, Mike Teff, got to the shop late (after 8 pm) on thursday, but e-mailed me and will drop off or send in the volunteer app and come back next thursday. I will stop in briefly to try to connect with him (I have a regular thursday eve gig at 7PM)

7 Comments:

At 8:11 AM, Blogger Kim said...

I checked out the Wallingford website. The thing that caught my eye was the 'banana guards'. They come in a wide variety of colors. Their purpose is the eponymous guarding of bananas.
:-)

 
At 4:57 PM, Blogger mark_evans said...

yes... and note that the banana guard was 'redesigned!' as, we all know, the banana has gone thru some transformation in shape this year.

Yes, and i like to browse their 2-300 dollar saddle bags, and of course, the $185 Brooks Jersey (ouch!)
Still... every once in a while they have something on the used page that is worth a look.

 
At 1:44 PM, Blogger gail said...

OK, Mark...now you need to follow up with Wallingford and see if they will help us out $$$, etc...who is wallingford?

 
At 11:17 AM, Blogger mark_evans said...

Wallbikes is a dealer out of N'Awlins (the Cresvent City) that sells Brooks saddles and CArradice Bags, and Tubus Racks, and other awesome and PRICEY tour gear. I think the way it works is they are collecting submissions from organizations and then they will decided who gets the % of the sales. Not sure if lobbying will help, but I will toss off another note or two... there wasn't an individual listed who is the go to person... just an e-mail.

Wallingford BIkes is an old organization, well respected by tourismas

Plus they sell Brooks Saddles... they gotta be okay

Jessica... get a Brooks Saddle!

 
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