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Jan 1st, 2016
Destruction and Rebirth: The end of 2015 “Cherry Cycles Foundation Year” and the future of Cherry Cycles
In the beginning of May and the shop became solo owner-operated. The transition required a bit of change which included soliciting the help of many shop apprentices and friends. Here's just a few of the things that we did in 2015:
Built Bike, Tire, Wheel, and Merch Displays: Zane McFadden!
Designed a Logo: Keith Williams
Removed a Conveyor Belt from the Shop (Under the former counter): Thanks to Paris Brom & Robert Newcomb.
Cleaned and Painted the Window with Logo: Kaitlin Lindsey and Ali Rose (cleaned while dancing), and Stephanie Sibet!
Painted the floors: Zane
Made a Welcoming Space: Innokenty Zavyalov brought his expertise as a mechanic and positive attitude so much that a woman named Flynn asked, “Could I volunteer here? I like the atmosphere and energy.” Win!! Now she’s a shop apprentice learning repair skills and promoting the same vibe!
Website: Finished mid Nov. Thanks Sean Folstad and Glenda Reid for your support!
Downstairs was a huge challenge. It felt like a gerbil cage moving wood chips from one corner to another and another (60+ bicycles, boxes of parts, and miscellany):
Organized a 10’x8’x6’ Pile of Wood: Marko Schoeller and Loren “Andre” Kollmar pulled nails and screws out.
Tore Down a Divider Wall: Stephanie Sibet
Removed Junk: 4 years of abandoned couches, broken mini-fridges, computer monitors from the early 90’s. Couldn’t have done it without y’alls time and muscle: Jason Nevilles, Avery McKinley Dorsett, Marko, Drew Anderson, Zane, Robert, and Steph
Created a Kitchen, For Sale Bike Area, Customer Bike Area, Repair Area, and Frame Shop: Zane, Kaitlin, Stephanie, and Robert helped move things, Wilson Lewis agreed to do a rent-to-own on bike frame building equipment, and Carl Kraigh supplied other things (vent hood, alignment table, drill press, grinders…) for collective use in building bicycles.
It is very moving that so many people dedicated time and energy to the re-envisioning of a shop in Loring Park. We must be doing some things right! Despite blood (sprained back), sweat (everyone!), and tears (Mostly from laughter. Seriously.) 2015 went really well. As Marko said, “More was accomplished in a shorter period of time that I thought was even possible.”
Set up the frame shop and start building: Cherry Cycles frames as well as custom lines by Zane, Carl, and Cali.
Foster and support community: Cherry Cycles will host a Grease Rag Night, a repair night for Women/Trans/Femme and low!! The Cherry Cycling Club was started late fall when James Ford, Taylor Roby, and Adam Ruggerio came to the shop looking for a sponsor and agreed to a mission of diversity and kindness!!! Our Motto: “Ride. Respect. Repeat.”
Learn more and share knowledge: We will be developing a race team as well as the club, learning repair and riding skills to pass on at community and race events. Grease Rag WTF repairing and sharing! We will work with other organizations regarding starting a race team come spring, Tiana Johnson and Beth Franklin with Wreckhouse Racing, Sarah Bonneville and especially Anna Schwinn with Koochella has been really supportive. We will be also collaborating with businesses and organizations to get to know others and work on cycling events. As Adam Ruggerio said, “Better to each other. Better together.”
Looking forward to new challenges and collaborations!!!