Rolling into 2015

As we head into our 4th year at ReCycles, we would have never thought we would be in this successful a position.  In the past 3 years we have given away 3000 bikes, and taken in over 5000 bikes as donations.  We have been the recipients of generous grants from the City of McKinney, and have newly formed donation partnerships with the Plano Christmas Cops, CASA, The Samaritan Inn, and several other need based organizations here in Collin County. DSC_0169 We continue to be thankful for the partnerships with local bike shops like Plano Cycling and Fitness in Plano, Bikes Plus in Allen, Performance Bikes in Plano, Richardson Bike Mart in Frisco, and Cadence Cyclery in McKinney.  All of which continue to serve as drop/donation points for us.

Fun with the Son Workday

A group of 12 volunteers worked from 6:30AM to 12:00 Noon on Saturday, August 10th fixing and repairing over 75 bicycles for the McKinney community.  The event was scheduled from 8:00AM to Noon, but the first bike showed up at 7:15AM, and we got started.  By 11:00AM we had run out of tires, tubes, and grips.

Thanks to our supporters

A big thanks to Advantage Storage for coming on board to support our cause.  They are providing us a storage unit for us to accumulate bikes before we give them all away.  As Rich pointed out, we give away 1 bike for every 2.5 we receive.  That means we need more space than either of us have available for all of the bikes.  Advantage is a McKinney based company with storage units all over the Metroplex.  Check them out if you need extra space for you goodies:

How Many Bikes Does it Take?

On Saturday, Randy and I were culling bikes in the storage unit to organize current inventory, remove the junk, and scavenge for parts. Along the way he asked me, “How many bikes do you think we have worked on?” I did a little envelope math and over the past two years I estimate we have given away between 250 to 300 bikes. While this may seem to be a big number, the bigger question would be, “How many bikes does it take to generate those giveaways?” For that, I would estimate we run about a 2.5:1 ratio of bikes that come in to bikes that go out. While this may beg the question, “What happens to the other bikes?” They are not wasted, not by any means. Every bike that comes in have value. Some are good for scavenging parts, other are good for their weight in recyclable metal where the funds go back into RCM. Every donated bike has value.

3E Garage Giveaway

On Saturday, November 17, 2012, ReCycles McKinney gave away 72 bicycles as a part of the community garage sale. This garage sale is a “no cost” garage sale where local community members come in and choose what they need. In our case, there were 72 bicycles to choose from.