Troy Bike Rescue on the move

Troy Bike Rescue

TBR's soon-to-be-former space.

The Troy Bike Rescue will soon have a new home. From the info we got today:

Over the next two weeks, Troy Bike Rescue will be closing down their normal operations of twice-weekly bike maintenance clinics in preparation for a move to a new home. On May 21, they will be loading up a caravans of cargo bikes, trailers, and other vehicles to transport the bulk of their downtown shop to a new home in North Troy. The move to a larger and dedicated space will allow them to grow their mission, expand open shop hours, and create youth-specific programming in the North Troy neighborhood.

TBR is also having a fundraising party on May 28 to celebrate its 10th anniversary. The full release is after the jump.

Before TBR heads uptown, it has a concert coming up at the soon-to-be-former space at 51 3rd Street this coming Monday (May 16): one-man band Jason Webley playing "a suave style of gypsy/folk music" -- plus Ashley Pond, and The Nightmare River Band.

What's the Troy Bike Rescue? From its about page: "Troy Bike Rescue is a collective of cycling enthusiasts committed to removing bikes from the waste stream and getting them back on the streets."

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE TROY BIKE RESCUE GEARS UP FOR A MOVE TO NORTH CENTRAL TROY

-- Upcoming Events

MAY 21: 2pm 51 3rd St. - Moving Caravan from downtown to new North Troy address 3280 6th avenue

MAY 28: 2-9pm 3361 6th ave. - TBR Fundraising party at The Sanctuary for Independent Media

Contacts Andrew Lynn: 518-573-7947 Ryan Jenkins: 774-261-0273
http://www.troybikerescue.org

Over the next two weeks, Troy Bike Rescue will be closing down their normal operations of twice-weekly bike maintenance clinics in preparation for a move to a new home. On May 21, they will be loading up a caravans of cargo bikes, trailers, and other vehicles to transport the bulk of their downtown shop to a new home in North Troy. The move to a larger and dedicated space will allow them to grow their mission, expand open shop hours, and create youth-specific programming in the North Troy neighborhood.

Their presence will also breath life into a building that has been vacant since 2007. The building, dubbed the Wheelhouse, at 3280 6th avenue, was purchased from the city through the recent foreclosure auction from the city of Troy by two TBR collective members and Troy residents who are coordinating the renovation efforts, Andrew Lynn and Ryan Jenkins. The building has been a home to a movie theatre, an electricians workshop, and a vending machine repair shop.

Troy Bike Rescue is a collective of bicycle enthusiasts committed to removing bikes from the waste stream, and putting them back into use. They are celebrating 10 years of recycling bikes in the capital region of New York State with a BIKE PARTY fundraising event at the Sanctuary for Independent Media on May 28. More info at: http://www.troybikerescue.org/fundraiser http://www.mediasanctuary.org

Hi-resolution floorplan sketch of the future Wheelhouse http://www.flickr.com/photos/breathingplanet/5473027258/sizes/o/in/set-72157626095136199/

The workshop space TBR is leaving behind https://picasaweb.google.com/tbr.collective/513rdWorkshop#5578951796928581106

Recent TBR Video Testimonials: http://tbr.mirocommunity.org/

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Earlier on AOA: The Troy Bike Rescue

Comments

Went to their sister operation in Albany a few years back looking for a bike to ride. Was willing to pay cash for it right on the spot. Instead of being helped, I was treated like crap and looked down upon by everyone there except one person. She helped me while everyone else sat around doing nothing but playing on the computer and acting like I was a pariah or something. Very bad experience and I doubt I would go to the one in Troy to look for a bike for my wife because of it. I would rather buy new than be treated badly

@ lwoodbluz

let it go.

Several of my neighbors have been up to TBR for help - they came back happy and were glad to learn of a place nearby.

@lwoodbluz (& everybody) - Sorry you had a bad experience but i've had nothing but good ones in the Troy shop. Maybe it was something you projected in expectation? They are very clear about not being "a bike shop". They don't "sell" bikes. They are not vendors waiting on customers. They are there to help folks fix their own bikes and discarded bikes, and for a small donation or some volunteer labor you can have one from the collection. These folks are doing a great service, keeping metals out of landfills, teaching kids a valuable craft, and encouraging healthy and non-polluting transportation. Maybe you caught them on a bad day, who knows. I am not affiliated in any way, but I'm a big fan, and I've seen plenty of people walk out happy with cool bikes. I've fixed my own bike there several times and enjoyed the scene. On the other hand: Albany crew: maybe you could be more friendly? Just sayin'... Everybody benefits from these efforts. Peace.

I love that this organization exists. I have no personal experience with the people involved, but have donated several bikes to the Albany location. When I know a neighbor kid is outgrowing a bike or upgrading, I offer to take the old bike off the family's hands and drop it off to Troy Bike Rescue. The family is glad to get the clutter out of their garage and some other kid is going to get a refurbished bike and maybe the skills and self-esteem from working on their new bike. Win-win.

@lwoodbluz I'm sorry you had a negative experience at the Albany Bike Rescue.

@ everyone! Thank you for supporting Troy Bike Rescue. The party on the 28th of May should be a lot of fun. The new space is really coming along and we hope you come and check it out!

@ lwoodbluz, I'm sorry you had a bad experience. Maybe they were having an off day for some reason. It happens to the best of us.

My experience there was very positive. I helped my father donate some bikes that were cluttering his garage to the Troy Bike Rescue operation last summer. He was delighted by the experience and by the volunteers working there. He's a retired judge. So I think he qualifies as a good judge of character. He gives the place two thumbs up. And I do too. So please keep up the good work.

Troy Bike Rescue does an amazing job of fostering community participation, reducing waste, and promoting responsible transportation. Thank you so much Troy Bike Rescue!!

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