If you take a look at any professional cyclist you will notice how quickly they spin their pedals. In the cycling world pedal turnover is called cadence; cadence is what allows a cyclist to go the distance, to use the right muscle groups and to finish the race. New Hope Community Bikes, as an organization, has found its cadence: the consistent activities that allow us to achieve our Mission, Vision and Values.
New Hope Community Bikes has worked out of 5 locations in 8 years and our current store front location, with only five workstations, is too small to properly allow for do-it-yourself repairs, volunteer and staff repairs, skill building workshops and volunteer groups. This site is also along the LRT corridor and is subject to expropriation.
Our store front has always been a place where everyone can access professional quality repair tools and knowledgeable staff to help with the basics. Tool usage and stand time is available on a pay what you can sliding scale of $0-10/hr. The time has come for us to move from our current location and with the support of the Hamilton Community Foundation we have been able to purchase a new storefront location at 1249 Main St. E. in Hamilton, ON.
This new space is much larger and will once again be a space of community transformation. It will serve as a hub for bicycle related programming and community activities and expand our capacity for volunteers, summer students, co-op placements, and DIY repairs. To make the building a community cycling hub we will need $75,000 of funding to cover renovation costs, add additional tools and workstations, cover moving and staffing costs during this time of transition and build up a new inventory of refurbished bikes parts and accessories to fill this space.
New Hope Community Bikes is a place where everyone is encouraged to get their hands dirty and participate in the restoration process. It is a place where time and effort are put into repairing reliable, old classic bikes, and a place where these repairs can be accomplished with a second hand part rather than a shiny new one.
The idea of our ‘dirty hands, new hope’ philosophy, is that through hard work and physical effort we can transform a broken bike into something usable for years to come. The same applies to the space we occupy, we’ve transformed community sore spots into spaces of learning and relationships, and transformed unskilled bike riders into proficient bike mechanics. All of these transformations are possible but they require hard work and dirty hands.
The final piece of our ‘dirty hand, new hope’ philosophy is that we are a place where everyone can learn and work on the same plane, where those who make a living on their bicycle can fix their bike across the workbench from someone with a doctorate degree, where co-op students pass on the skills they’ve learned to New Canadians, and where even skilled mechanics are open to learning how to do something a new way.