Hello Friends, Allies and Community,
It is with heaviness that I write The Derailer Bicycle Collective (AKA "Build A Bike" AKA "The Free Bike Shop") will be CLOSING its doors on December 14, 2012. We just don't have the volunteer leadership to keep it open any longer. The Collective is in the process now of identifying other groups and organizations in Denver to take over our bikes and materials so that they are still put to use in the future.
Derailer has become a HUGE part of the lives of hundreds of people--past and present volunteers, Collective and Spokecouncil members, mechanics, cyclists of all shape & size, donors, referrers, friends, neighbors, and allies. Please know that the Collective understands the weight of this decision. It has been a long road (10 years! Thousands of bicycles!) and we are both proud of Derailer’s accomplishments and saddened by this change. We as individuals are also still very committed to Derailer’s original vision and though we will no longer operate the same volunteer-run, entirely-free community bicycle shop, we are hopeful that the future will be full of many more patched flats, trued wheels, bike stories, and new skills. We are grateful to everyone who has contributed, wrenched, passed through, and stuck around.
If you want more information, please watch our website (www.DerailerBicycleCollective.org) and FAQ. Questions may be directed to email@example.com
And if you are inspired, please send us good stories and memories of the bike shop!
We will keep you informed of the coming transition through our website. In the mean time, please spread the word that the Derailer Bicycle Collective has closed.
Thanks for the good times, friends. And thank you for all the good work you also do for our beloved city.
So Much Love to you!
The Derailer Bicycle Collective