In the last couple of years, SVBE has expanded its social media presence to include Instagram. The regular activity on our IG page has been a great way to get the word out about some of our activities and programs, like #BikeMatch. But it has also been a way to connect with new volunteers, especially our younger members.
Our January Volunteer of the Month comes to us from Gunn High School and found SVBE through Instagram.
Along with five other fellow classmates, Shree has been repairing bikes and sorting donated parts through the pandemic and was invaluable in keeping our operations running. Shree has also been working on refurbishing bikes destined for fellow students in need of transportation at Gunn High School.
Most recently, he and his classmates have led a bike drive in their neighborhood that has brought in over 20 bikes to SVBE.
He’s also started a student bike club at Gunn to help recruit new mechanics and cyclists.
Although he has a weekly virtual meeting with SVBE’s Andrew to prioritize the week’s goals, the rest of us recently had a chance to find out a little bit more about Shree and his enjoyment of popping chains and ripping trails.
Thanks for all of your hard work, Shree!
How did you get involved with SVBE?
Some friends and I heard about the organization, so I reached out to Andrew through Instagram to let him know we were interested.
What keeps you coming back?
I find it really fun to learn about how to fix bikes, especially with my friends. It is also pretty cool to know that the work I do has a positive impact on someone else's life.
Which bike stands out as the most memorable, or your favorite?
I'm a relatively young and inexperienced volunteer, so I have not really worked on many bikes before. However, in the bike shop, there are some really fun bikes that we have. There are some really awesome older downhill mountain bikes that were incredibly fun to work on, and there is a blue fixie that looks so cool.
What’s your favorite bike tool?
My favorite bike tool is probably the chain tool, just because popping out the pin is very satisfying.
What is your background in cycling? And on wrenching on bikes?
I am into downhill mountain biking. I had no experience wrenching on bikes beside the occasional tire change and basic maintenance until I started volunteering at SVBE.
What can you share about your personal or family bike collection?
My dad is into road biking and he owns a Cannondale CAAD 8. I had a Specialized Pitch for the longest time, but I recently upgraded to the 2021 Giant Trance and I love it.
What have you learned since volunteering with SVBE?
I have learned quite a bit in terms of bike fixing knowledge and how to apply it. I also learned a lot about leading a team and communicating with others through the barrier of COVID-19.
What’s your favorite bike ride (local or not)?
I love riding Dirt Alpine! It is an awesome trail, and I have recently been pushing my luck at the Carlmont Bike Park.