project leader
Addison B
location
Cook Street
(Bushwick/ East Williamsburg)
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the project

We aim to fully subsidize the creation of some nimble, capable bikes for people who otherwise wouldn't be able to ride, get onto trails, and explore New York's lesser known wildlands. The recipients of the bicycles covered by this grant will get a tailormade bicycle for free. 

The world of cycling is large and intimidating to the beginner. Large swaths of the industry are controlled by huge corporations who produce bicycles overseas in a few sizes that fit their idea of the existing market. As well, bikes are sold based on what's trendy and cost efficient, not what's actually comfortable or appropriate for the rider--especially riders that don't fit big company's ideas of a sure bet for a product. For example, it's cheaper for a large company to buy wheels in only one size from another manufacturer, which limits the bicycles they can produce (for example, a smaller sized bike needs smaller sized wheels to comfortably fit a rider with a smaller frame). While this means that companies save money and sell bikes for less, this also means many people are left to ride ill-fitting bicycles or are excluded from the market competely.    

The solution is simple: a custom-built bicycle. This way the rider can be measured by an expert and discuss how they want their bike to feel and what they want to use it for. However, this is prohivitely expensive for many people, often upwards of $5000. Instead of being produced as part of a large batch on an assembly line in a homogonized factory, custom bikes are built one by one, making the process significantly more expensive. It's simply not realistic for people who are dipping their toes into the bike world for the first time to have this type of budget or even access to a local framebuilder. By avoiding economy engineering altogether and providing users with a bicycle that best suits their needs, free of cost, we will be able to completely sidestep the fiancial barrier of entry that many cyclists face.

This project will identify individuals who, with the right bike and access to knowledge about the trails outside their door, could become bridges between their own communities and the bike community. As the right equipment enables them to become more self-assured riders they will open up the door to a more diverse and inclusive cycling community. 

At the end of the day, we want people to bloom and thrive in all aspects of their lives through cycling. Watching someone gain confidence, find a new community, and interact with the nature that's right around them is the most rewarding aspect of being a bicycle framebuilder, and we believe this experience should be extended to people who have been financially excluded from it. 

 

 

the steps

Outreach

-Introducing the project to members of the community

-Community members suggesting bike recipients and involving interested parties in the process

Prototyping

-Drafting, designing, and approving various bicycles for their intended recipients

-Materiel selection 

Final Construction

-Fabrication

-Building the bicycle frames

-Bicycle assembly and introduction to maintence

Usage

-Getting the recpients to trails and involved with wildland usage and stewardship

-Connecting new users with existing cycling communities

 

 

why we're doing it

We are doing this to widen the cycling community in and around New York City. We want to use community-based action to bring the diversity of New York City to the regions trail systems. 

We look forward to getting people as stoked on bikes as we are. As people who have accidentally dedicated our lives to cycling, we want to share the same joy that we are able to experience every time we jump onto bikes with as many people as possible. At the end of the day, we sincerely believe that more people on bikes makes for a healthier, happier, and more sustainable world. 

budget

Prototyping/ Research and Development: 2500

This line item will get project personnel up to date on any contemporary fabrication methods to ensure that the recipients of the bicycles get the highest quality machine that we can provide for them. This includes testing and fabrication method development, access to research papers regarding bicycle fabrication and design, subscription based guidebooks, access to samples, and access to subscription based maps. 

Transportation: 2500

This includes transportation of raw materials from suppliers, truck/vehicle rental, tolls, fuel, transportation of bicycle recipients to and from trails and wildlands (NYS DEC trails, New Jersey State parks, etc)  and any trail use/permitting fees encountered. 

Shop Rental: 16000

Renting shop space is much easier than having to buy new equipment or start from scratch in a brand new space. This line item will enable us to rent space and or time in existing machine shops, paint shops, fabrication shops. By renting space and time in other peoples shops, we will be able to remain spatially nimble and not have any large physical assets in terms of machinery or real estate holdings.   

Raw Materials: 13000

This line item includes tube sets, dropouts, paint and painting supplies, fixturing materials, and bicycle components to go from a frame to a complete and rideable bicycle.  

Equipment: 6000

This line item is predominantly consumable tooling. Consumable tooling refers to welding gases, welding consumables such as tungsten electrodes, gas diffusion lenses, welding filler rod, fire retardant PPE, respiratory PPE, vision PPE, cutting tools, and abrasives. 

Education and Outreach: 5000

This line item covers hiring a web designer, table or booth space at local cycling social events, and swap meets, race events, and conventions. 

Software: 2000

Contemporary CAD (Computer Aided Design) software used to efficiently and accurately design and build cycle frames and bicycles is mostly cloud/subscription based. This line item covers roughly a year subscription to a seat of the CAD software we will be using.  

Insurance: 5000

This will cover liability insurance for the project.  

Salary: 45000



TOTAL PROJECT FUNDING NEEDED $97,000
ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) $5,272
ioby Donation Processing Fee (3%)
(Donation processing fee does not apply to match funding.)
$3,163
TOTAL TO RAISE= $105,435
Donation processing fees apply to donations only. 100% of match funding goes to projects. Please note, fees are estimated here and final numbers may change based on the final amount raised and amount of match funding applied to this campaign.  

 

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donors

  • mike.m.
  • Anonymous
  • Bike Plant