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Silicon Valley Bicycle Exchange

Newsletter - June 2020

June Update 

We hope you are staying safe and healthy!

As California and Santa Clara County begin to reopen with appropriate safety measures in place, we are looking forward to bringing volunteers back to the shop to support our mission of serving the community. However, we will not open the shop to volunteers until we can be assured of the safety of all of our volunteers. We are currently working on procedures and policies to allow for safe volunteering in the shop. When we feel that the systems in place provide a high level of safety that allow us to feel comfortable with volunteers returning to work in the shop, we will begin to reopen. We will have more information later this month regarding this process. 

Although the shop continues to be closed for events, we are still open by appointment only for sales and take-home-projects. We have all the tools and parts you need for take-home bikes and also lots of parts for your own bikes. Email Andrew to arrange a brief, distanced appointment at the shop and for questions about needed tools.

Although the Bicycle Exchange is surviving through this pandemic, it has been a challenge. Our main source of revenue for operations costs is selling a few donated bikes and hosting corporate volunteer events, which have been paused. We’re confident we’ll make it through this together, but as a small organization, we could use your support. You could make a donation, give an e-gift card to our ever-growing retail store, or purchase an item or used bike online and schedule a pick-up. Our distributor is even offering direct-to-customer shipping for larger orders. Satisfy your bike needs from home while supporting your favorite local nonprofit!  

Updated information can be found on our website. If you have questions contact us at info@bikex.org, or call us at (650) 691-5989.
A few happy recipients of our #BikeMatch program. 

#BikeMatchSV Program


We are pleased to announce that GreenTown Los Altos has partnered with the Silicon Valley Bicycle Exchange and the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition to continue this important program. Our #BikeMatchSV program continues to help pair first responders, essential employees, and those in need of transportation with donated bikes. We are looking for donations of bikes and volunteer mechanics to support this effort. If you can help out, or need a used bike, please fill out our form here (en español aquí) Please help us spread the word about #BikeMatchSV!

For more information, please check out our website.

Bike Exchange Secures Palo Alto Community Fund Grant

We are pleased to announce that the Silicon Valley Bicycle Exchange has been awarded a grant of $7,500 through the Palo Alto Community Fund. This grant will go towards operations costs and allow BikeX to continue supporting the greater Palo Alto community.

The mission of the Palo Alto Community Fund is to focus on the unique needs of our community and channel charitable giving of local donors to effective organizations that improve the quality of life for everyone in Palo Alto, East Palo Alto, and Menlo Park. The Palo Alto Community Fund gives grants in the following categories: Arts and Culture; Community Development and Social Services; Education; Environment; Health, Mental Health, and Disabilities; Housing and Nutrition; Senior Services; and Youth and Families.

Thanks to Andrew for all of your hard work!

If you are interested in helping with future fundraising efforts, contact info@bikex.org.

Help Local Student and Volunteer with Bicycle Usage Survey

Steven Nguyen, a local student and volunteer, is looking for volunteers to complete a survey on bicycle product design for a college course he is taking this quarter. The survey should take a few minutes to complete and is completely anonymous. If you have a few minutes to help out Steven, fill out his survey here.

Bike of the Month

1930's Rudge-Whitmore restored by David Kamp

June's Bike of the Month comes from David Kamp, who lovingly restored a Rudge-Whitmore bike from the gilded age. Restoring bikes is always a process and often the story is (hopefully) short and sweet. However, with a bike that is nearly 90 years old, that all changes. This bike brought with it decades-old rust and grime, coating a rich history for both British manufacturing and an era when bicycles were more popular than automobiles, in some ways similar to this pandemic moment.

A brief excerpt:
"This vintage Rudge-Whitworth turned out to be a larger project than I envisioned. I was clued into the age of this bike from a seat tube decal that read: "Assembled in the Irish Free State". The Irish Free State, the result of the independence movement, was created in 1922 until 1937 when it became "Ireland". No longer was painting an option but rather the new mission was to clean only and preserve all the decals and detailing from this gilded era gem."

Click here to check out the full story and learn a little mechanical history in the entire story on our website! 



Follow SVBE on Instagram and Facebook!

The Bicycle Exchange is on Instagram at bicycle.exchange and on Facebook at bikex.org. Come along for the ride, stay in touch with all our two-wheel good, and help share our story. 

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Steering Committee

Did you know that the Silicon Valley Bicycle Exchange has both a Board of Directors and a Steering Committee? The board provides governance oversight to ensure that we are legally compliant and fiscally responsible while we fulfill our mission and ensure the organization's future. The steering committee provides a forum for our dedicated volunteers to receive updates on the organization, share ideas, and learn about ways to be active and involved. If you would like to be considered for membership in either group please let us know of your interest, and the skills you wish to contribute. Write to us at info@bikex.org

Volunteer Opportunities

Although workdays are closed currently, the Silicon Valley Bicycle Exchange still has needs for volunteers to help remotely especially in the following areas:

  • Grant writing and fundraising
  • Repairing bikes remotely
We have plenty of bikes that need repair and the tools to help! If you are an experienced bike mechanic and are interested in checking out a bike to repair at home, email info@bikex.org to schedule a time to pickup a bike. Don't worry if you don't have all the tools, we have bike stands and tools that can be checked out as well.

Support the Bicycle Exchange by Shopping on Amazon Smile

Without adding a penny to the cost of your own purchases, you can support the Bicycle Exchange by shopping on Amazon using Amazon Smile. Register Silicon Valley Bicycle Exchange as the charity of your choice and then every time you shop, Amazon will make a small donation to us.

Off-site Hours Reporting

Many of you are doing work for us outside of our regular workdays: entering data, buying stuff, writing letters, fixing bikes, selling bikes, delivering bikes, attending steering committee meetings. We’d like to give our homework heroes and extra-mile volunteers credit for their hours, so we’ve created a new form for logging hours. Use our offsite reporting form here or contact us at volunteer-records@bikex.org.

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