The Bike Library is a volunteer-run community bike project located at 1222 S. Gilbert Court, in Iowa City, Iowa. The Bike Library is a volunteer-run community bicycle project located at 1222 S.
We repair donated bikes and check them out to the public. Bikes are priced with a deposit (ranging from $50-$300). If a bike is returned in good condition within the six-month checkout period, the deposit will be returned to the user, minus a $50 processing fee and damage to the bicycle, if any. Alternatively, patrons can choose to keep their bikes and forfeit their deposit.
Operating as usual
Bike ride to the @coralville_food_pantry and picnic dinner this Friday, anyone? Meet at the Bike Library Friday at 5:30. Five mile ride to pick up community meal, picnic, then you're on your own to get home so remember to bring lights!!
Major Taylor + Black Cycling Orgs to Check Out and Support + Saturday Ride 🚲 - https://mailchi.mp/bikelibrary/raise-it-up-ride-update-pre-launch-audio-guide-8983465
Saturday Ride + 2022 + New Bike Time 🚲 - https://mailchi.mp/bikelibrary/raise-it-up-ride-update-pre-launch-audio-guide-8980405
Next Wednesday Night @7PM: our Board of Directors invites y'all to the shop for the Bike Library's Annual Meeting.
Meetings can be a drag, and here at the BL we're always trying to funk things up where we can, while still pushing forward on enacting big ideas for this community bike shop.
If you're interested in chatting about future plans or want to step forward as someone willing to help lead our initiatives--join us.
There's a first time for everything! Next Wed. at 7PM join us for our first board meeting that's open to the public.
10mi ride this Saturday, Feb. 19 at 2pm w/ ride leader, volunteer mechanic, and overall rad-to-the-bone human Michelle Voss! Meet us at the Bike Library this Saturday at 2pm. Comment below of you plan to go so we have an idea of who's showing up! If you're interested in leading some rides this year from the BL--give Audrey a shout.
Thanks y'all for coming out last Saturday for a chilly ride, chili dogs, a few history lessons, and a lotta love.
Saturday Ride & Lunch to Celebrate Black History Month - https://mailchi.mp/bikelibrary/raise-it-up-ride-update-pre-launch-audio-guide-8976181
One year ago or board chair Nadia Juneja and VP Mike Haverkamp signed the loan documents for a mortgage with @hillsbank's Tim Finer for 1222 SOUTH GILBERT COURT. We couldn't have done this without the support of @lkriowa Jeff Edberg and the past 4 years of support from the @johnsoncountyia board of supervisors.
We are wrapping up the End of a year Giving Campaign this week. Many of our donors are volunteers too. Noa--thank you for giving quality time & bucks, and also sprinkling those sparks of joy, laughter, and knowledge everywhere you ride your bike around this community. It's folks like this that make us shine bright.
Fearless leader, Ameri, at Terry Trueblood leading one of the Stay Cozy Winter Biking rides. Ameri's mentorship and generosity to share time, tips, and skills with new winter riders makes her a standout community member--these past two months alone she's mentored 16 new folks. This past year she's been leading WTF Nights & bike backing adventures, retrofitting bikes to suit her needs & pushing boundaries of what's possible on two wheels; all the whole towing tot Xerxes in the kiddy trailer. 📸@trevorlee007 @noafromtheinternet
Choosing the bicycle for short trips around town is one very impactful way individuals can help combat climate change. Save car trips for longer trips and help reduce congestion in your own neighborhood. The @cityofiowacity is helping us to do our part in reducing dependency on fossil fuels here at the shop too. Just this past year we've increased natural light, made the switch to LEDs, and are getting a comprehensive energy audit of our new building all thanks to the Climate Action Grant we received in 2021 from the City of IC.
Polly staying cozy on one of her many outings this winter on the cleared trails ❄️🌈 ❄️@cityofiowacity @icparksandrec . 📸 By her partner Jim. They ending up getting a flat recently and luckily we're able to walk to @worldofbikesic Shout out to y'all--Jim said you were amazing and thank you fixing the flat right away.
Our neighbor Nancy at Friendship Yoga across the street snapped this last night. Lots of warmth here in the shop even in deep winter.
From beginner to elite-level racers! 💛 Donate in the next 12 days to help us reach our goal and receive the 4th annual letterpress poster. - https://mailchi.mp/bikelibrary/raise-it-up-ride-update-pre-launch-audio-guide-8973721
So sad, no WTF tonight--FYI. See you next Tuesday folx! Playing things COVID safe.
Announcing the Winter Workshop Schedule 🔧 View the Care and Repair Clinic schedule and register on our website. - https://mailchi.mp/bikelibrary/raise-it-up-ride-update-pre-launch-audio-guide-8182063
Happy New Year Bicycle Glam Fam! A toast to all that we've come together and accomplished this year. Thank you for your donations of time as volunteers, bikes to be upcycled to reclaimed streets, and bucks that support our efforts to make cycling not only more accessable, but more inclusive, vibrant, and joyous.
Women/Trans*/Femme Night- Every Tues 6 to 8. Wrenching on bikes, working on art projects, and you never know who's gonna show up. Bike need a little love? Winter is the perfect time to tweak and tune it up. Come on down!
Another impressive brake hack! Amrei updated her old GT by designing and then machining on a disc brake adaptor. Digging this ultimate hauler 💥💎💥
The 2021 Bike Library Poster 🌎 - https://mailchi.mp/bikelibrary/raise-it-up-ride-update-pre-launch-audio-guide-8180811
We are excited to announce our 2021 poster inspired by artist Erykah Danner, and painted by you all!
Photo Gallery: Locals paint a mural by the numbers for Iowa City Climate Fest - Little Village moreCommunity volunteers helped paint a by-the-numbers mural on the Resource Management Center building Thursday as part of Iowa City’s second annual Climate Fest. Local artist Erika Danner designed the mural with a climate and environment theme, featuring worms, centipedes, fungi and plants. The ...
The '21 Stay Cozy Biking Crew. Let them inspire you to get out this winter. We are here to help! - https://mailchi.mp/bikelibrary/raise-it-up-ride-update-pre-launch-audio-guide-8180331
Stay Cozy Winter Biking Lily & Adams! Panniers, lights, racks, and custom fenders + hand-me-down cold weather cycling clothing + World of Bikes gift certificates = The Ultimate Outfitting to support this stellar group of 16 folks who are biking through winter for the first time.
🪵 It started out as a racket ball court at Robert A Lee Rec Center. The Salvage Barn saved it. Lisa & Mike Haverkamp bought it for the Bike Library's forever home house warming present. It was a runway for most of this year, and dispite Audrey's best effort to make every day a fashion show, we finally decided it was better encompassing the lounge Sam built. At the volunteer disco party last night, this salvage hardwood maple floor, we believe, fulfilled it's destiny being transformed into the Friday night dance floor for the South Gilbert Court neighborhood🕺🏽
2021 BL Volunteers 📸 The Bike Librarian crew has grown! Last night we celebrated everything that our volunteers do to make cycling more accessable. If you've leant a hand in helping to build out and build up our new home in 2021, and didn't get to make it down, don't worry, we partied enough for everyone. And we'll get you your thank you gift soon. Together we moved a massive shop, got 718 Johnson County, Iowa residents bikes, and conducted 16 social-conscious programs to empower folks to ride more this year. Lots of love coming at you from 1222 S. Gilbert Ct in The City of Iowa City Government . Thanks Marcella, Tracy Jon, Blake, John, Matt & Jose, for helping with the details 🫔🔥🍺 We also decided that the theme for the next fiesta will be salsa.
Dress warm tonight! And be sure to add some disco flare for the dancefloor. We'll be opening the garage doors for covid safely FYI. Turn up!
Stay Cozy John, Hai, and Adam
Love Jon, Amrei, Drew and Auds
Shindig this Friday - Peek at the 2021 Poster! - https://mailchi.mp/bikelibrary/raise-it-up-ride-update-pre-launch-audio-guide-8179175
Rachel and @olupentane roundin' out the first week of Start Cozy Winter Biking. Fenders, knobbies, panniers, and some really sweet, gently used clothing thanks to the bike community--we set!
#reducereuserecycle then #shoplocal @worldofbikesic for that one special, much needed piece of gear that will make each trek out in the snow all the more fun.
A sea of all kinds a winter equipped bikes: Polly's all-terrain trike, Laura's zippy e-bike, and Jim's dialed hybrid.
Our mentors Jenna and Michelle meet with Cozies for two hours to discuss the sport of winter cycling while Drew and Audrey get the bikes ready for snow and ice.
People who have never biked in the winter before get individualized support to get up and get out even as the temp continues to drop thanks to @worldofbikesic and everyone who donated winter cycling gear! Thank y'all.
Stay Cozy Winter Biking program starts tonight and we're ready. We got a lotta excellent donated warm biking clothes that will find a good home with the 17 participants!! We're excited to be partnering with @worldofbikesic to give out gift certificates for new gear too that will keep cozies riding strong throughout the winter!
Dec. 10th 7-9pm we're celebrating Bikes Librarian volunteers and y'all are invited to join us. RSVP link in bio.
The dynamic duo of Kathleen and Kristian! They're always showing up when we need volunteers most, and they're always willing to get whatever job done--no matter how dirty. Today they cleaned and painted the drain cover in preparation for a volunteer art project we're scheming. Thank y'all so much! It's been such a pleasure to work with you this past year 😻🔧🚴🏼♂️
Growing a strong, inclusive, and vibrant community with a little help from Johnson County, Iowa The City of Iowa City Government and the bicycle. 🌎
This year as we sit down to write and submit our Quality of Life Block Grant application, and reflect on this past year as a whole, we wanted to share with you all some photos to showcase how bikes create a strong, inclusive, and vibrant community.
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