It was the first bike build-off Onbike has done in Colorado, but it may become an annual thing at Next Level Sports Performance in Golden.
“It’s a terrific way to serve the underserved and get people involved,” said physical therapist Katie …
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“It’s a terrific way to serve the underserved and get people involved,” said physical therapist Katie Aaron. And people did get involved, she added, either monetarily or by donating time to build a bike.
Onbike began among friends in Tampa, Florida, in 2011. They wanted to give back to the community, said Robert Walby, who, along with some of his friends and neighbors, brought onbike to Colorado. “Basically, it’s a group of friends who wanted to do something.”
It costs $100 for a bike and a helmet, and typically, a company will sponsor a bike-build, Walby said. Next Level Sports got involved because of a client relationship/friendship formed with Walby, the gym’s owner Jim Keller said.
“Rob proposed it, and we thought it was a great way for the staff, clients and community to give back around the holiday season,” Keller said.
About 40 people participated in the bike-build, including Next Level Sports employees, clients, friends and family and onbike members. They spent about four hours playing games, eating lunch and, of course, building bikes.
And thanks to their efforts, foster kids and children in need will get a new bike this holiday season.
Trygve Moulton and his sister Lisa thought it was a good idea, and fun. So they each donated the $100 and got to build a bike for a child in need.
After each bike was built, Chris Cherry was there to do “quality assurance,” he said. Cherry has 30 years’ experience with bikes, both as a racer and builder. He thought he could bring his experience to the bike-build, he said.
Plus, “Onbikes is a charity,” Cherry said. “I love to do (work for) charities.”
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