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Currently our volunteer days are on pause due to COVID-19. Main volunteer workdays when we're not in a pandemic are 10am to 3pm on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of January-October. See the event calendar for more events and volunteer days.

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Featured Bicycles

Featured Bicycle: Windsor Carrera Sport Vintage Road Bike Part II

Here’s an update for the Windsor Carrera Sport vintage road bike we featured last month.

The frame has a beautiful new coat of paint, went through a thorough polish, and is ready for assembly. The decal set recently arrived from Velocals and will be affixed shortly before I build up the bike. The only substitution from the original parts is the handlebars. The old ones were in bad shape and slightly bent and these new ones are age-appropriate and in much better condition.

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Bike of the Month: Windsor Carrera Sport Vintage Road Bike

I just brought a 70's Windsor Carrera Sport home from the Bicycle Exchange. SVBE's Andrew picked it up from a teammate of his son's cyclocross team.

The bike has quite a history that spans three generations as told to us by the donor.

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Bike of the Month: Raleigh Sports Mixte 3-Speed

For the New Year here is something old that’s also something new.  

Recently, I spotted a horrible looking Raleigh Superbe at the shop. The paint was in bad shape, it had a chrome fork that was wrong, and the crank was from a different bike. About the only things it had going for it were beautiful wheels and new gum wall tires. In another corner of the shop was a ladies Raleigh Sport.  It had 700c rims with skinny tires and a singlespeed freewheel.

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Bike of the Month: Schwinn Stingray, Refurbished by Cap'n Jonny

With all the mountain bikes, sport bikes, and race bikes that have graced this space, it might seem that this rather odd-looking kids’ bike is a bit out of place here. It is, in fact, the first Schwinn Stingray (more accurately, Lemon peeler) I have seen in the shop.

You might not realize it, but this is one of the best-selling bicycles in history. Produced from 1963 to 1981, in its heyday something like 60 percent of all the bikes sold in the US were Stingrays and variants.

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Bike of the Month: 1974 Allegro Special, Refurbished by Cap'n Jonny

Here's our most recent featured bike, donated by an owner moving from the Bay Area up to the Sierra, and fully refurbished by our tireless volunteer Cap'n Jonny. Enjoy a brief trip back in time:

Founded in 1914 in Neuchatel (French Canton), Switzerland by Arnold Grandjean, Allegro gained a reputation for being one of the premier manufacturers of racing bicycles in Switzerland.  By the 1960’s they were the largest bicycle manufacturer in Switzerland. From the late '50s to the mid-'70s they were being imported into the U.S in large numbers. 

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Bike of the Month: 1930 Rudge-Whitworth

The 1930 Rudge-Whitworth: An Adventure

by David Kamp

I dropped in at one of the garage sales late last summer, and the single-speed Rudge-Whitworth caught my eye. Jack said it had been donated and that he may have the business card of the donor who knows the provenance of the bike, which apparently had been stored in a garage for several years or decades.

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