You name the bike, it will be available at Cloverdale Community Cycles’ second annual bike sale, says Matthew Campbell.
Campbell, manager of Cloverdale Community Cycles and Cloverdale Community Kitchen, said they have a ton of bikes on hand and probably something for everyone.
“We will have over 100 bikes for sale,” Campbell said. “These are all good quality used bikes. Adult and children’s bikes. Used bikes sell for between $50 and $400 per bike.
Campbell said the selling prices essentially reflect the cost of parts and labor that went into the repairs. Apart from the completed repairs, all the bikes have also been tuned up, which is worth around $60-70.
Campbell also said they will be selling some e-bikes for the first time, as well as new bikes. He said e-bikes cost around $1,900.
All money raised from the sale will go to support the bike shop, its community outreach work and the Cloverdale Community Kitchen.
“Over the past year, we have donated over 200 bikes to children in need, single mothers, our homeless friends and our food bank customers,” Campbell said. “These bikes were given to us by people in the community.”
He said the store is there to serve the community and also offers low-cost repairs.
“We also performed over 100 free or discounted repairs on bikes for those in need,” Campbell added. “Joe (Viel) also gave three-day repair courses this winter to people in the community, so they could learn how to fix their own bikes.
Joe Viel is the manager and chief mechanic of the cycle shop. He has a passion for cycling and has been working on bikes for over two decades in California, Hawaii and now Canada. Part of his job now is to teach shop volunteers how to repair bicycles.
Campbell said that because of Viel’s expertise, there are now two sides to Cloverdale Community Cycles: one that focuses on riding awareness, putting bikes in the hands of those who need them and those who don’t. wealthy, and another that provides high-end bike work to people across the Lower Continent. This high-end work also helps pay for the programs the kitchen is known for.
“One thing that makes our store unique is our bike store manager Joe,” Campbell explained. “Our store is focused on our community, but Joe is one of the best mechanics in the Lower Mainland, and he’s brought in a clientele.”
The following generates loyal customers who travel far and wide just to have Viel work on their bikes.
“He works on a lot of high-end bikes now and he has customers who come from all over just to have Joe work on their bikes,” Campbell said. “They know they will benefit from an extra layer of care and attention to detail in their work. So they get a great job, great value, and they also know their money is going to a good cause.
As for the sale, Viel said the bikes will be laid out in the lot and people can expect the same look as last year.
“We have new Louis Garneau bikes on the way and hopefully they will arrive by here (April 2),” he said. “So we hope to have a lot of options available.”
The sale will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 2.
“Last year we were sold out at noon,” Viel added. “The lineup started early and wrapped around the building.”
Campbell added that they are still accepting bicycle donations and can be dropped off at the Cloverdale Community Kitchen/Cloverdale Community Cycles Monday through Friday between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.
Cloverdale Community Cycles is located directly behind Pacific Community Church at 5337 180 Street.
For more information or to volunteer, visit cccbikes.ca, email [email protected] or call 778-617-3003.