On April 25, NO Friday Volunteer hours – we are riding to a Critical Mass instead!

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That is right – this will be a last Friday of the month and that is our social time. No work –  just having fun. So no Volunteer Hours on Friday, April 25th.

Instead we decided to join this huuuuuuuuge bike ride, called a Critical Mass. For many of us this will be a first opportunity to participate this year, and we all are riding there.

To have it as spontaneous as possible we just say this:

Join us for a collective ride from our shop all the way to Daley Plaza. We are leaving at 4 pm!

To the rest of you, we will see you at our next volunteer hours on Tuesdays or Fridays!

The Recyclery presents A Sunday in Hell

As a part of our social Friday events, on Friday, April 11 at 7 pm the Recyclery presents you a classic documentary about one of the greatest professional cycling races. This will be held instead of our regular volunteer hours.

Movie night

One day professional cycling races are under way as a part of the Spring Classic series that are run in western Europe each year.

Arguably the most exciting of them are so called Cobbled Classics.

Paris – Roubaix also called The Queen of The Classics (other names The Hell of the North or Sunday in Hell) takes place in northern France, Paris and finishing on the Belgium frontier, Roubaix. First run in 1896, Paris–Roubaix is one of cycling’s oldest races. It is known for its many ‘cobbled sectors’ and is the most famous and usually the most dramatic of the spring classics.

This year the race is held on April 13 and to mark this on Friday, April 11 we are showing A Sunday in Hell, Danish documentary (director Jorgen Leth), a chronology of the 1976 Paris–Roubaix bicycle race from the perspective of participants, organizers and spectators.

The film captures not just the events of the 1976 edition but the atmosphere of a professional race.

Before lycra, before carbon fibre racing frames, before funny chemicals, there were the Belgians—the famed Eddie Merckx and his arch-rival Roger De Vlaeminck—who squared off against each other in this decisive duel. Leth captures every crucial moment of the race: the hopeful fools in the breakaway, the grinding mass of the peleton, the choking dust of the pavée, the fallen and bleeding by the roadside, and the final, desperate, sinew-wrenching sprint for la gloire. “– Adelaide Film Festival website.

It is a great race and great movie and we are delighted to have a possibility to share it with you.

Once again movie is shown at the Recyclery on Friday, April 11 at 7 pm. Everybody is invited!

April and May Classes

We have two upcoming classes–one Tune-Up and an Overhaul.

If the class is full or you want to know about future classes, subscribe to our class news list.

Tune-Up Class
April 2 & 9
Wednesday evenings 6-9pm
Our two-part winter bicycle tune-up class taught by Tzippy. This class will introduce you to basic bicycle maintenance. We’ll cover tool and component terminology, fixing a flat, chain maintenance, brake pad replacement, and basic shifting adjustments. Costs $75.

Overhaul Class
April 27 – June 1
Sunday evenings 6-9pm

Our six-week overhaul class taught by Froilan. You’ll learn how to disassemble, reassemble, and adjust each major mechanical system of your bicycle week-by-week. Costs $180.

NOW HIRING Part-Time Bicycle Mechanic

Job Description: The Recyclery Collective is hiring a part-time bicycle mechanic to fix bicycles for sale. The mechanic will work 15-25 hrs per week with a semi-flexible schedule. Position starts at $10 per hour. Working with one or more collective members, the part-time mechanic will be responsible for:

  • Evaluating bicycle donations for repair or scrapping
  • Making necessary repairs to used (sometimes abused) bicycles in a timely fashion, ensuring they meet The Recyclery’s standards
  • Helping to transport bike donations
  • Reporting work to the Collective
  • Maintaining records of bikes fixed and repairs made
  • Maintaining cleanliness and organization of our shop and storage spaces

Schedule: This position will continue through September 2014. Hours are somewhat flexible, but the mechanic will need to work around our existing educational programs. Shop availability for staff mechanic is Mon 9-5, Tues 9-12, Wed 9-3, Thurs 9-3, Fri 9-5, subject to change.

Working with the Collective: The Recyclery is run by a Collective which meets twice a month to decide issues impacting the direction of the organization and operates using a consensus process. These meetings are unpaid, and while the part-time mechanic will not be required to attend, attendance is strongly encouraged.

Necessary Qualifications:

  • Minimum of one year’s mechanical experience (in bike shop or equivalent experience)
  • Experience working on a wide range of bikes dating back to the 1970s
  • Strong work ethic, ability to self-motivate, and a willingness to ask for assistance
  • Interest in furthering the mission of The Recyclery and upholding our safe space guidelines

Additional Skills Preferred
-Valid drivers’ license and ability to drive vehicle with manual transmission

The Recyclery Collective is an equal opportunity employer: All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status, national origin, or disability. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear, sit, use hands, reach with hands and arms, stand, walk, walk up and down stairs, lift and/or move up to 40 pounds.

Please drop off resume and cover letter at our shop, located at 7628 N Paulina, or email to info@therecyclery.org. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

March and April Classes

We have two upcoming classes–one Tune-Up and an Overhaul.

If the class is full or you want to know about future classes, subscribe to our class news list.

Tune-Up Class
April 2 & 9
Wednesday evenings 6-9pm
Our two-part winter bicycle tune-up class taught by Tzippy. This class will introduce you to basic bicycle maintenance. We’ll cover tool and component terminology, fixing a flat, chain maintenance, brake pad replacement, and basic shifting adjustments. Costs $75.

Overhaul Class
March 9 – April 13
Sunday evenings 6-9pm
Our six-week overhaul class taught by Froilan. You’ll learn how to disassemble, reassemble, and adjust each major mechanical system of your bicycle week-by-week. Costs $180.

Come to our Winter Benefit!

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Date: Saturday, February 22nd, 2014
Location: The Solarium, 1245 W Jarvis, Chicago IL 60626
(Facebook event)

On this special night you are cordially invited to join The Recyclery Collective for a two-part affair. Come at 6:30pm for a faaaancy dinner (purchase tickets below). Or come by at 8 pm for live music (local artists Medicine Bear and Little Star Music Box), beer and light refreshments, silent auction with awesome items, fun stuff–suggested donation $10 at the door.

Silent auction thus far:

Purchase tickets for the 6:30 dinner:

Tickets are $50 for one person, $80 for two, or $120 for three. Proceeds help the Recyclery to provide bicycle education and promote sustainability by giving access to tools, skills and opportunities for collaboration.

Use the PayPal button below or write a check to “The Recyclery” with “winter benefit” in the memo line and mail it to 7628 N Paulina St, Chicago, IL 60626.


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February Tune-Up and March Overhaul Classes

We have two upcoming classes–one Tune-Up and an Overhaul.

If the class is full or you want to know about future classes, subscribe to our class news list.

Tune-Up Class
February 9 & 16 (NOTE: This is different than originally posted.)
Sunday evenings 6-9pm
Our two-part winter bicycle tune-up class taught by Tzippy. This class will introduce you to basic bicycle maintenance. We’ll cover tool and component terminology, fixing a flat, chain maintenance, brake pad replacement, and basic shifting adjustments. Costs $75.

Overhaul Class
March 9 – April 13
Sunday evenings 6-9pm
Our six-week overhaul class taught by Froilan. You’ll learn how to disassemble, reassemble, and adjust each major mechanical system of your bicycle week-by-week. Costs $180.

Volunteering at the Recyclery is even more fun now!

It’s been a long ride since The Recyclery Collective started its quest to build a resilient community by repairing used and discarded bicycles for donation to people in need.  Although there have been a few moments when it has felt like an endless uphill climb, it has always been a rewarding experience.

All of this could not have happened without our volunteers, passionate people who are the main sources of energy for our programs and who have helped to run this community shop almost for nine years.

Let’s put it simply: our volunteers are willing to do whatever it takes to make cycling and bike mechanics more accessible. We could not list all of the jobs done and projects implemented, but we can name a few: thousands of visitors to our shop have fixed their own bikes during our Open Shop time; hundreds of needy people in the community have received free bikes that have helped them reach destinations to which they could only walk before; hundreds of local kids have participated in our Youth Program, which gives them a chance to earn a bike part or even an entire bike; and thousands of bikes have been given extended useful lives.

Again, this is only possible because of our volunteers. Our volunteers’ dedication and generosity turns the Recyclery into a real collective. Through collaboration, we have made this happen. And we are not stopping here – there is so much more interesting and meaningful work to do!

Also, we want to use this opportunity to spread the news that the coming New Year will bring even more opportunities to get involved with and at the Recyclery. Starting on January 17, every Friday from 5 pm to 8 pm we will be open for additional Volunteer Hours!

We hope you will mark your calendars for this opportunity to work for your community because it also will have a social component. Every last Friday of the month will be dedicated to something special for all of us, for spending time together and getting to know each other better. Rather than fixing bicycles or doing other work, we will celebrate what we do with bike rides, or, if the snowpocalypse keeps us indoors, we will have a potluck, watch a movie, or enjoy another entertainment venue. Watch our updates to stay in the loop.

If you feel that the Recyclery’s values speak to you, stop by. We will be happy to get to know you and introduce you to our programs. Together, we can celebrate our passion for sustainable transportation in our community.

We look forward to seeing you and working with you!

Love,
The Recyclery Collective