The suns out (sometimes), it’s trying hard to get warmer and that means more of us are hitting the streets and trails! Yes I know, the last blog was also about biking but since I have been riding mine a little more I encountered an issues we all face….flat tire.
Now I know what you’re thinking, “Megan, how do you not know how to fix a flat!? You are 26 years old.” Yes, it’s true, I don’t know how to fix a flat tire and I am not ashamed… My dad would just do it for me. So, comes a time in everyones life that they must learn these things, mine happens to be in my later 20’s.
That’s when I discovered Boise Bicycle Project. and yes I HAVE heard of it before but I had never been, and let me tell you, I LOVED my experience with them. Never before had I been treated so kindly and taught something completely new without feeling like a total dork.
For anyone new to the area, Boise Bicycle Project is, “is a nonprofit community cooperative that promotes the personal, social & environmental benefits of bicycling. BBP functions as a bicycle recycling center & educational workspace in a diverse & non-threatening atmosphere. Through education & access to affordable refurbished bicycles BBP strives to build a stronger bicycling community.”
So, here I am, a 26 year old uneducated bike owner. I walked in with my tire and was greeted by the friendliest staff. Lucky was the guy who helped me, he walked me through the entire process of looking for the flat and repairing it…. Not only did I learn a new skill, my bike tire was fixed and I was given some extra protection to make sure the tube inside would be protected… Total cost? $7.25… Not kidding. So inexpensive and SO helpful. BBP let’s you walk in with any issue you may have and shows you how to fix it while they fix it and then they charge you the TINIEST fee. They teach you something and repair your bike.
THIS IS THE PLACE TO GO PEOPLE. You are also able to become a member, where you get discounts on equipment and services! This helps keep them in business and helps them to give and teach classes for the community. Boise is filled with giving and serving people and we are very fortunate to live here. Therefore, if I can persuade any of you to get involved with something, the BBP is high on my list!