Community Tune Up Fund
WHAT IS IT?
Very simply, it’s a program any bicycle repair shop can copy. Some portion of your more well off clientele can afford to, and are willing to prepay repair for some portion of your less well funded customers in bulk. They are willing to trust you to distribute this in a meaningful way! And all you have to do is ask. Well, I’ve asked, and folks have really showed up for stewardship! This is one way a bicycle shop can really engage the community.
So I’ll let my clientele know when they can contribute to this project and they buy gift cards. I then carry that liability throughout the season, redeeming this or that gift card whenever I need to assist someone in affording more complete and proper repair and parts, properly ringing up everything just like a normal sale. Someone who’s bicycle actually needs $350 worth of parts and labor, doesn’t have to settle for what the $75 in their wallet can get them. They don’t need to feel like a bother or any sense of guilt in watching me fix countless issues without compensation month after month, and I don’t need to feel like helping people out all the time is going to starve me, either.
how do we stay informed?
Below is a live Google Sheet that updates in real time what kind of things are getting comped and how much. Pictures and names will appear only when consent is given!
At $1,825 I believe we are set for the rest of the year and possibly most of Spring 2021, but stay tuned as I continue to build out this page!
When can i “contribute?”
When I say so, lol!! No, really, when I’m ready to re-up this little fund I’ll hype on social media what I call a gift card blitz. It’ll link to my homepage where the gift card will sit dormant until the go date, and then I’ll make it live and you can by custom gift cards in any amount in any quantity until I reach the amount I think I need based on the previous run. Follow me here, or on Instagram or Facebook, linked in the footer.
What this isn’t
It’s not a charity. It’s not a 501c(3) organization. This is a business, and I need it to be as successful as possible so that I can improve my own quality of life. Let’s not forget the material realities of this capitalist Hell-scape we find ourselves in. But I also feel a strong responsibility to people. I won’t farm out that work and burden of conscience to non-profits or charities, like other businesses do. I’m going to do it myself, or rather we’re going to do it together! You know, like a community.
“What if people come back again and again to game the system?”
This was taken from an email sent to me by a concerned citizen of relevant Chesterfield.
People are not roaches. I’m not going to punish someone for coming back to the shop and asking for help because well, they’re still poor, even though I in my great wonderfulness, comped a hundred bucks off a repair last year…
If I feel cheated or disrespected there will be a conversation, but I’m not going to implement some kind of blanket “no repeat beneficiaries” policy.
Live Google Sheet
Always improving, here I log the work done, the amount owed, and the amount paid. the sheet has a math type cell, that adds the amount waived so we can keep track of how much of the fun we’ve redistributed in labor and parts. Thanks.
I don’t really have one, but I do accept bicycle donations from the community. I think this is pretty typical of most bicycle shops. Basically, if you have a bicycle you don’t want, you can definitely ask me to fix it up and give it away!
I’ll need to assess it and determine whether or not I can afford in that moment to foot the bill of the repair. These bikes I redistribute get the same level of work and care as any other bike, and it all does cost money. If it’s too much for me to do and just give away, I may either sell it as essentially what I put into (wholesale on parts, etc.) or together we may have to split the cost in order to get it up to par and still get it to someone for free. So, just hit me up via email, and start the conversation.