West Town Bikes: News and Updates

The over-arching goals of West Town Bikes are to promote bicycling in the city of Chicago, to educate youth with a focus on under-served populations, and to foster and serve Chicago's growing bicycling community. While maintaining headquarters and a workspace in Chicago's Humboldt Park neighborhood, WTB is a city-wide service provider for youth programs in the city of Chicago.

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Thanks for your interest. If you want to contact us, email info@westtownbikes.org, call 773-772-6523 or stop by. Note that we do not put our youth programs on the calendar but you can find events, donation based classes and workshops there.

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Ciclo Urbano staying busy

The nice thing about it being frigidly cold outside and only one quick month away from busy-bike-shop season is that Ciclo Urbano has had plenty of undisturbed time for finishing up important shop construction projects and training our new shop apprentices! We've just completed a big expansion to Ciclo Urbano's shop, adding some much-needed floor-space to our retail area! Soon you'll be able to peruse our expanded selection of used bike clothing and shoes, along with a new area displaying used panniers and bags. Please stop by soon to check out how great everything looks!

We'd like to give a warm welcome to Deorey and Hector, both of whom have been coming around to West Town Bikes for several years. Deorey came to us through a Bickerdike youth development bike program way back in 2005 - when he was just 10 years old! During his first time in the bike program, he was the only one in his group to achieve a proper hub adjustment on his first try. Little did he know he was well on his way to becoming a pro mechanic...

Hector has been with WTB since 2010 with the Bike Club, and with us he brings his awesome skills and knowledge as a BMX rider and devotee during the past four years as he has worked his way through our apprenticeship program at Ciclo Urbano. Hector's knowledge and enthusiasm for BMX riding has enabled us to increase our expertise so we may better serve fellow BMX riders like Hector, in the community. Hector also happens to be skilled with automotive mechanics, which has certainly come in handy for everyday tasks and activities we find ourselves busy with here.

Hector and Deorey are both extremely hard working, and they certainly know their way around bikes. Most importantly, however, they have both quickly learned the difference of what it's like to be working on their own bikes during Bike Club and the responsibilities of working in a high-quality professional repair shop like Ciclo Urbano.

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Bike Club!!!

Winter weather has not affected participation in WTB's long-running after-school drop-in program, Bike Club. Bike Club members have been busy with all kinds of winter projects, such as staffing bike valet for GBC's Heels on Wheels and hosting our annual Three Kings' Day kids' bike giveaway. Bike Club provides a safe, friendly and educational environment for students in middle school and high school on Mondays and Fridays. Historically, committed members of Bike Club have also been drawn upon to participate in more advanced WTB programs like After School Matters Bicycle Safety and Repair Training (for high school students). They also move on to staff our full-service bike shop, Ciclo Urbano (where over 75 percent of our staff are WTB program graduates). This spring, select Bike Club and GBC participants will be called upon to teach in-school programs at several nearby middle schools. We are excited to start the new fall program season on March 10th, and we look forward to introducing a new generation of young people to our bikecited culture!

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Bike Mechanics classes and Open Shops

Bikes that work correctly are more fun to ride. Keep your bike tuned up! Check out our Calendar filled with classes. Open Shop is every Tuesday and Saturday. Every Wednesday from 7PM-10 is Women and Trans Night. Contact Michael Young at 312-656-1953 or michael@westtownbikes.org if you have any questions about our classes.

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Donations

We are always looking for bicycle, gear, clothing and program supply donations . You can drop them off at Ciclo Urbano any time during business hours or contact Michael Young with questions or to arrange pickup. We currently are in need of functional bikes to serve our programs.