«Changing gears, changing attitudes»

Mais um exemplo do que muitos de nós gostaríamos de conseguir fazer da Cicloficina:

Recyclistas bicycle shop isn’t much bigger than a tool shed, but it has big ideas.

Decorated with art made from bicycles, hand-painted murals — and with its entranceway adorned with logos from the likes of Schwinn and Raleigh — the place looks a little gonzo. But it’s not what it looks like, rather what the people there do, that set it apart.

“We try to save bikes from the landfill and get them back on the road, to provide inexpensive bikes for people to ride, to empower people to learn how to fix their own bike, and to provide a hub for the bike community,” says Ryan Harris, 34, who started the shop, located at a major intersection of the Galloping Goose, with some friends in 2003.

Community bike shops, like Recyclistas, represent a trend in bike culture: They provide tools, repair space, expertise and lessons so that cyclists — from beginning to experienced — can learn the skills necessary to build, maintain and repair bicycles.

These community bike shops aim to welcome people into cycling culture, focus more on repairs than on new product sales and — thanks to donations and repair programs — provide access to sustainable transportation in the form of affordable bikes. Most survive thanks to dedicated volunteers and donors. Some that are registered as co-ops also depend on members. Many are registered non-profits.

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