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Bamboo Bike Workshop Come to Bike Works

A blue flyer has a picture of two people laying pieces together on a white page in what appears to be the beginning of a bike. Another picture shows a complete bamboo bike. Details for the workshop are on the bottom half of the page.

Bike Works is hosting BambuHub for a 3-day bamboo bike workshop this summer July 28-30 with John Climaco, an experienced bamboo craftsman. John has collaborated with the renowned Craig Calfee and has been building bamboo bikes for the past 10 years in the US and the Philippines.

Bamboo is a sustainable, high performance material, that also makes for beautiful, one of a kind frames.

The small workshop is $650 and includes 3 full days of bike building, breakfast, lunch and camaraderie. With a max of 5 students per workshop, these classes fill up quickly.

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For more on Bamboo bikes, check out this informative article in Momentum Mag.

For questions please contact Amy at

Join us for a bike ride this weekend

Come ride with us at Bicycle Sunday THIS WEEKEND. You’ll find the BikeMobile stationed at 43rd and Lake Washington Blvd (Across from the Mount Baker Rowing Club) on June 4th 11 am- 3 pm.

Come dressed as your inner super hero! Stop by and join in on the fun with face painting, bicycle decorating, and a Super Hero scavenger hunt!

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A flier depicting a spin off of the Bike Works logo. The main figure is wearing a red superhero cape and holding up a bicycle, looking heroic. Three silhouettes raise tools to the sky in the background.

Open Shop and VRP are both Cancelled Sunday for the ride.

GiveBIG for Bike Works!

Tomorrow Bike Works is joining more than 1,000 local nonprofits for GiveBIG to help make the Seattle area a stronger, more vibrant community. Your gift can make a BIG impact in lives of the youth and adults who need the transformative power of the bicycle.

Bike Works secured $20,500 in matching funds and we need your help to secure these funds!

A BIG thank you to our GiveBIG Bike Works matching pool donors: Larry Engel, Donna Sakson, Becky Chan, and Crispin Wilson-Olsen! These supporters doubled or tripled their annual gifts to Bike Works in hopes of inspiring you, their fellow Bike Works stewards, to donate as well.  Please consider joining Larry, Donna, Becky, and Crispin by giving a BIG gift of $125 or more to Bike Works!

Join Bike Works for a Panel Discussion on Bicycle Theft

Have you ever had your bike stolen? Do you manage a bike shop?

Help fight back against bike theft! Join us for a panel discussion on bike theft and indexing on May 16 at Metier.  The region’s leading experts on addressing bike theft will discuss the current state of the problem and what we can do about it.

Panel Discussion on Bike Theft & Indexing
Tuesday, May 16
6:30 – 8 p.m.

Métier, 1017 E Union St, Seattle WA 98122

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Bryan Hance, Bike Index
Brock Howell, Bicycle Security Advocates
Kendra Borzio, UWPD
Seattle Police Department
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Show-up before 6:30 p.m. to get your beers and food and settle down. Listen to the panelists’ presentations for about an hour. Participate in a moderated Q&A for the last 20 minutes. Then stick around after 8 p.m to continue the conversation over drinks.

Earlier in the day on May 16, Bryan Hance of Bike Index, Brock Howell of Bicycle Security Advocates, and the Seattle Police Department will make a special briefing to the Seattle City Council Sustainability & Transportation Committee on bike theft and indexing.

Would your organization/business like to also co-sponsor by telling your e-newsletter list or social media followers about the event? Email us at

RSVP not required but very appreciated.

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Bike Works is hiring!

Bike Works is hiring!

The Bike Works Bike Shop and Warehouse are now accepting applications for both full and part-time mechanic and retail positions.  In addition to running a full-service repair shop, we fix and refurbish every type of used bicycle for sale.  We provide service to the diverse, dynamic, and growing, Rainier Valley and surrounding neighborhoods.  Bike Works promotes the bicycle as a vehicle for change to empower youth and build resilient communities, with an environmental stewardship and social justice lens.

Experienced applicants are encouraged to send a resume to or drop off a copy at our storefront in Columbia City. 


Paving the Way: Black Women Bicycling

Marylou Jackson, Velma Jackson, Ethyl Miller, Leolya Nelson and Constance White. In 1928, these 5 African American women rode 250 miles – from New York City to Washington, DC – in just 3 days! What inspired this journey? Simply the joy of bicycling!

History doesn’t tell us much about their adventure. Once in Washington, DC they went sightseeing and paused to take this photo for a local newspaper.

Historian Marya McQuirter shares what she learned while researching the social history of blacks in D.C. during the first half of the 20th century for her dissertation on an episode of the Bicycle Story. We do know that one rider worked at the Harlem YWCA and another at the Sargent School of Physical Training. It seems very likely that they were in the forefront of promoting women and bicycling access. Thank you for helping to pave the way!

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Check out some of these great organizations who ride together for simply the joy of bicycling!

Presenting: Youth Advisory Committee Bake Sale!

In tandem with the upcoming Annual Warehouse Sale, the Bike Works Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) will be hosting a bake sale to raise travel funds for the Youth Bike Summit.
Youth Bike Summit is a unique opportunity for our youth to engage the local community and strengthen the national bicycle movement while learning the skills they need to become empowered bicycle leaders. It’s also an incredible chance for youth involved with Bike Works to form significant and impactful relationships within the larger cycling and advocacy community. This year, it will be hosted in Washington D.C. by Phoenix Bikes.

Come find the YAC at the warehouse and get some delectable homemade goodies to fuel your frenzy at Bike Works’ biggest sale of the year! Join us in supporting the ambitions of our youth THIS Sunday, January 29th from 10am to 4pm!

Want to know more?

The Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) is made up of truly amazing Bike Works youth that are dedicated to facilitating conversation and decision making at Bike Works and reflect the wishes of Bike Works youth. They are driven and devoted to furthering the mission and vision of the Bike Works community. They are awesome!

Karaoke for Bike Works

Soul Crank
Sun, January 15th
9pm – late
Stone Lounge
1020 Bellevue Way NE
Bellevue, WA 98004

Bike Works Board member, Colina, invites you to celebrate her birthday at a very 90’s birthday party karaoke! Come sing your heart out with live bands at Stone Lounge in Bellevue. The party starts at 9 pm. Cover charge is $10 and all proceeds go to supporting Bike Works programs. Happy birthday Colina!

Wish Colina a happy birthday or RSVP on her Facebook event page!

Happy New Year!

[Image Description: Three adults gather around a bicycle wheel. The person on the far right is holding the wheel, demonstrating  mechanics on the center of the wheel. The other two adults watch with aprons on and heads bent over the wheel.]

[Image Description: A young rider smiles while steering a blue bicycle with a blue ribbon tied to the black handlebars. In front, the top of an orange caution cone is visible with the word “test” hanging from it. The kid is bundled in a dark, puffy coat and two older youth stand behind watching.]

[Image Description: A group of girls in an array of brightly colored clothing stand together, looking at the camera. They are holding pieces of a bicycle together to make the shape of a bike. Two girls are sitting on the floor, one is holding the front wheel and the other is holding the crank.]

What an inspiring year!

Your support made it possible to accomplish some amazing things in 2016:

7,000 used bicycles were rescued from the waste stream

Over 1,250 youth participated in Bike Works programs

Over 700 low-income youth and adults gained access to a working bicycle

And so much more!

Special #shoutout

to some of the Bike Works partners that made this year extra special

[Image Description: A collage of logos ranging from large at the top (Washington Bike Law) to smaller at the bottom. In order from top to bottom, left to right: Washington Bike Law, Washington Health Plan Finder, Total Reclaim, MiiR, Evo, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Vulcan, GLY Construction, Washington Federal, Cascade Bicycle Club, Seattle Children’s, Obliteride, Ecotope, Garage, and Alpha Graphics.]