I've seen the building for some time around town but am curious if anyone has been to Missoula Free Cycles run by Missoula Institute for Sustainable Transportation (MIST). Does anyone know if they have bike stuff for people of all ages or is it an adults only kind of thing?
Joined: Feb 15, 2010
Location: Missoula, MT
Free Cycles is amazing! I've never heard of MIST, so I hope I am talking about the right place, but if you mean the building on second street, then yes, it is absolutely friendly for kids. They even provide helmets, training wheels and, when available, sparkly handlebar streamers.
Joined: Aug 30, 2010
Yes that's the place! I've been meaning to stop for ages but have had 4 kids in the car so it wasn't an option. Now that I know it's kid friendly though, maybe I can grab the older ones and check it out. St. Pats has a program for free helmets so I'm set in that area but our old bikes definitely need a tune up or trade in.
Joined: Feb 15, 2010
Location: Missoula, MT
They have all the tools, parts, odds and ends, and help you could want. Seriously, they could build you a generator to power your (bicycle) head lamp or weld you a custom trailer. Have fun!
Free Cycles is just wonderful. Bob Giordano, the founder and owner, is incredibly helpful. I actually built my bike (Sparrow the Wheelbarrow) from scratch there. They have a huge collection of tools, spare parts and fixer-upers. You can start from the ground up or just do a little tune up and have your own bike in no time. They ask that, in exchange for all that they provide, people take a short class on bike safety and maintenance and volunteer for about two hours in the shop. I was in there this weekend and Bob pointed out that they got a whole box of 70s stuff-- colorful streamers and grips--so now would be the perfect time to bring kids down for some fun. They will also have a mobile bicycle tune-up cart and loaners available at the Sunday Streets Missoula Festival, next Sunday, Sept. 12, 9-2pm (and are looking for volunteers).
Here's the basic info:
Community Bicycle Shop: 732 S. 1st St W. (3 blocks west of Orange St., just south of the Clark Fork River).
Open shop: Monday - Thursday - 3:00pm - 7:00pm, Saturday 11am to 3pm
Two great bands at the Free Cycles shop this coming Tuesday:
July 22nd, 8pm-10pm
$5 at the door- includes tasty refreshments
at Free Cycles, 732 S. 1st St. west
note: a group of bicycle and musical enthusiasts are rendezvousing for a
ride to the shop at 7pm. Meet at the south entrance to Greenough Park.
All are welcome!
The H.O.B.O. Road Show brings together two bands for a summer event that
will take audiences on a musical journey. The musicians, who liken
themselves to gypsy hobos, are playing traditional venues, house shows,
festivals and other places where people gather for inspiration and
Dum Spiro Spero, whose name is Latin for “while I breathe, I hope” is feel
good, frantic folk complete with fiddle and musical saw. There is also
some foot stomping involved. Dum Spiro Spero currently has three self
released EPs. Based in the Bay area, they have been on 5 west coast tours,
2 SW tours and 1 US tour.
Sprouting from the fresh grave of the San Diego band Cain Street, Big Sid
and the Wiggle began its adventure in the summer of 2012. The band
effortlessly blends punk rock, hip hop and reggae, to create a rockin',
soulful sound, with a message of oneness.
Hope to see you at Free Cycles soon!
Bob Giordano, Director
Free Cycles Missoula
Shop: 732 S. 1st St. West, ph. 541.7284
Missoula Institute for Sustainable Transportation
www.strans.org, firstname.lastname@example.org, 406-880-6834
Well, first I just want to talk a little bit more about Free Cycles - everyone above has said great things about them, and they are all on completely the right track. Free Cycles does SO much for the community of missoula (i fixed mine and my partners bikes there when I lived there SO I KNOW ). They are a 501(c)(3) and Paul told me they do pretty much everything they do for only $600 a month!
Here are some really great pictures of their stuff:
Okay so now that you know how amazing this place is, I'll tell ya the deal. Here we go:
If we bring in $1000 for them, they will give ten bikes to wheaton laboratories!
If we bring in $2000 for them, they will build a repair shop with tools at wheaton laboratories
If we bring in $3000 for them, they will stock that repair shop with parts!
If we bring in $5000 for them, they will build a wheel dome, for meeting and meditation on wheaton laboratories.
Here's the thing. They did a fundraiser a long time ago and it got stuck. It's been sitting at $3415 for EIGHT MONTHS! These guys barely cover their rent at $600 per month, but they've had bupkiss for EIGHT MONTHS!
So Bob and I are talking .... Bob has mountains of broken bicycles. Something like 15,000. And he has people that love freecycles so much they spend nearly all of their free time there. At the same time, they organization is perpetually broke.
So now we look at the labs: lots of ants and gappers arriving by plane. No bicycle. I like the idea that the lab becomes something of a bike community. Bob has already provided us with a few bicycles, but we already need more. Plus some of the bikes we do have now need repair ....
So I came up with this idea. And Bob quickly expanded on the idea.
If the permies.com community can come up with some fundage in one week, then freecycles keeps moving forward and wheaton labs gets free bicycles! And if there is enough, a free bicycle repair shop complete with tools and stocked with spare parts. And that massive wheel dome thing!
So I've put a hundred bucks in. And I hope that other folks will too!
So I just got off the phone with a guy who says that if the total can get up to $5415, he will toss an additional $1000. This guy has been a huge supporter of wheaton labs over the years and is one of our jet pack folks.
Here's the link folks! Toss in a few bucks and lets see if we can get your money DOUBLED!
Joined: Mar 18, 2015
Location: Columbus, Texas, USA (Colorado County). Zone 8b, verging on Zone 9. Humid subtropical, drought prone
Kicked in $10. I really love to see these sorts of projects--not just nonprofits done right, but really integrated into their community and contributing to it and connecting people. I think that sort of building of infrastructure and social capital doesn't get nearly enough attention from people who are socially concerned in general, so I am happy to get a chance to support this project.
The dealio with bob is that it is clear that this money came from permies.com peeps. Which I think is done because he beat all the bushes he could find and the fundraiser dried up at about $3415 - and not a spec since eight months ago. So anything beyond $3415 is permie love. But anything a couple of weeks from now doesn't really count since it could be from his past efforts.