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Theo was very excited to build this bike to ride at the skate park. We spent some time in the Nasson Community Center parking lot talking about safety and giving some tips on how to ride a bike. Notice the rolled up pants, no cuffs getting caught in the chain for Theo!

Congratulations Theo, good job!

 

Friday we delivered eleven Community Bikes to Spurwink Services. Community Bikes are bicycles rebuilt by Nasson Bike Center youth and volunteers for use by deserving folks in Sanford and surrounding towns.

Bikes arrive at the Nasson Bike Center through donations and from the Sanford Police Station. Down the steps they go to our basement facilities.

 

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Downstairs to the Bike Center

 

We store the bikes until they are selected to be rebuilt. They can be overhauled to be ridden by one of our youth, or set  aside to be rebuilt as a  Community Bike. By rebuilding a community bike, our youth can then select a bike for themselves, rebuild it and take it home at no charge.

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Bringing an old Schwinn back to life!

Most of our finished Community Bikes are delivered to Spurwink Services at their Biddeford Offices. Once or twice a year I fill my pickup with the Community Bikes. Most are children’s bikes.

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The Tundra filled with Community Bikes

Emily Hanley Community Services Supervisor at Spurwink gets my call when we have bikes ready. After she gets a list from me, she contacts her staff throughout York County letting her know the bikes are available.

 

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Emily with one our rebuilt bikes

 

Spurwink sends our bikes off throughout York County, to be ridden and enjoyed again by deserving kids! Thanks for our donors, the Sanford Police, the volunteers and youth of the Nasson Bike Center, and Spurwink Services for getting these bikes back on the road-and sidewalks, driveways, wherever kids ride.

Many thanks to the bike riders who rode the Four Leaf Clover Ride, our volunteers and community members that attending the Family Fun Day.

Thanks for coming, and we hope to see you next year!

 

There is still time to register for the Four Leaf Clover Ride, to benefit the Nasson Community Bicycle Center. Ride 25, 50 or  100 miles in 4 separate loops around Sanford Springvale and surrounding towns. There is even a loop into New Hampshire! To go bikereg.com/four-leaf-clover-ride0 to register.

We will also be having our second annual Family Fun Day at Nasson from 12 to 4 the same day, September 18th. We will be having music, food, games, a raffle with some exciting prizes and mascots! There is no cover charge, please join us!

 

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Nathan was happy to finish this nice BMX bike after finishing a bike for the community. Congratulations Nathan!

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After building a bike for himself, Logan rebuilt this bike for his sister. After consultation it was decided, the tassels stayed! Congratulations Logan for another fine job.

 

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The Nasson Bike Center hosted students from Sanford’s Bridge Program on Thursday afternoons beginning early this year. The students rebuilt 4 bikes they used on trails around the campus in the spring. Staff sent a great thank you card to us after the end of their school year, seen above. We look forward to hosting again in the fall. For more information about the Bridge Program check them out at

http://www.edlinesites.net/pages/Sanford_HS/Departments/BRIDGE_Program

 

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Monday morning we brought 10 rebuilt bikes to the Spurwink offices in Biddeford for use by their clients. These are bikes rebuilt by our youth and volunteers as community bikes, earning our kids the ability to build bikes for themselves at no cost to them. The staff at Spurwink have a good feel for who could really use these bikes, so we are happy to send them along!

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Anna is really interested in BMX riding at the skate park, so she built up this BMX bike from a donation to the Nasson Bike Center. Have fun Anna!

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Beau rebuilt this bright orange bmx bike in between his busy sports schedule. Congratulations Beau!