With more than 1,000 bikes fixed and sold in the year and a half since the program began and hundreds more in the warehouse, Wallace and Crow have seen bikes in all conditions come through the door. Some are just about brand new and in need of a tune up, while others require a little more TLC.

The Concord Insider

October 7, 2014
 
Look around the Recycled Cycles warehouse and you’ll find just about anything necessary to fix up a bike.
 
And that’s a good thing, because it’s exactly what the space is used for. Hence the name of the Goodwill program.
 
There are boxes of handlebar grips, ranging from standard white to hot pink. Tires and rims of all sizes line some shelves to go along with brakes and chains. Then there’s the massive amount of bikes just about everywhere you look. And we mean everywhere – like a bike lovers Christmas morning kind of everywhere. 
 
We’re talking rows and rows of kids bikes with superheroes and Disney characters. Mountain and road bikes, BMX racers and maybe even a beach cruiser or two. It’s hard to tell with that many piled in one spot – and that’s just the ones they’ve gone through. One bike even had bottle rockets taped to each spoke, which we assume was done at one point to set a new land-speed record.
 
All the bikes have been donated to the program since March of last year, when Goodwill was first approached by the Central New Hampshire Bicycling Coalition. The coalition has an annual bike swap in May and wanted to see if Goodwill would help. The non-profit organization provides job training, employment placement services and other community-based programs for people facing barriers, so they connected with the women’s prison and set out to fix up some bikes.
 
And it turns out that the 100 bikes that were fixed up all sold at the 2013 swap. At that point it was just a pilot program, but with that kind of success there was no reason to stop – and with a $10,000 grant from the bicycling coalition, it wasn’t that hard to keep it going. What started out in an office space on North Main Street is now housed in the large warehouse off Locke Road.
 
“We were all so excited about the pilot program,” said Kelly Paquette, Recycled Cycles program manager. “When we first started, we had no idea if we’d get 10 bikes or 10,000 bikes.”
 
 
 

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