Love Bikes is a small bicycle build and repair shop in Pittsburgh, PA. In April of 2012 I celebrated one full year in business (we made it through winter!!) This year's bicycle season has been great and the people in the neighborhood have been super supportive and excited about having a repair shop close by where previously there were none. And for that I am entirely grateful.
Now I'd like to start something new and different and fun. With your help I'd like to begin producing hand-built bamboo bicycle frames and complete bikes. I'd like people to be able to walk into the shop and see and touch a bamboo bike - take one out for a ride and see just how comfortable, strong, and reliable they are. In the summer of 2011 I learned how to build bamboo bike frames at a small shop in Brooklyn not unlike my own. While there I not only learned about the process and the tools and materials but also about the advantages of riding a bamboo bike and the positive effect producing them can have on a neighborhood.
Bamboo bicycles are essentially, functional Art. Not only are they beautiful, they represent ingenuity and can inspire creativity. They promote environmental and cultural awerness. They give their riders and the poeple that build them a real sense of pride that what they're riding and what they're making is unique and ecological. And best of all, bamboo really makes a great bike. It's light, it's stronger than steel, it's comfortable, and it's budget-friendly.
Eventually I'd like all the bamboo used in our bicycles to be grown and harvested right here in Pittsburgh. I'd like to offer free seminars a few times a year to people that want to learn about bamboo bikes and how they're made. I'd even like to offer one on one studio time for those who'd like to build their own bike right here in the shop. All this starts here by raising the money for the tools, jigs, and materials to start producing our first line of bikes. Our goal amount will be just enough to get us going. Any money beyond that will be used to buy more material and will get us started off with that much more of a bang!
There are 4 Love Bikes tshirts available at the $100 donation level that also includes a 25% off of labor coupon at the shop. After the shirts run out the $100 dollar level perk will be a Love Bikes sticker, pin and 30% off of labor at the shop.
The $50 level of donation includes a Love Bikes sticker and 10% off of labor at the shop.
The $25 level of donation includes a Love Bikes sticker and pin.
Your generous donation will not only help a small business but will also benefit the environment and people of the developing community in which we're based.