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Pre-Bike Month Clinic & Social

posted Apr 11, 2017, 4:50 PM by Geoffrey Smith   [ updated Apr 11, 2017, 4:51 PM ]

Pre-Bike Month Clinic and Social

Eat, Sleep, Ride

posted Mar 22, 2017, 8:04 PM by Geoffrey Smith   [ updated Mar 23, 2017, 6:26 PM ]

eat, sleep, ride
Join us for this amazing bicycle adventure story!


Perpetual Bicycle Touring Adventure Show

posted Nov 15, 2016, 10:38 AM by Geoffrey Smith   [ updated Dec 4, 2016, 9:11 PM ]

Perpetual Touring Slide Show
Silke Fleischer und Eric Converse have found the way to work and travel by bicycle -- at the same time! Tonight they will share their stories of touring throughout Europe self-contained for 3 months, all the while running a technology business full-time! Ain't the Internet grand?

Tuesday, December 13
7 pm - 9 pm
at BikePartners.net Bike Shop, 512 Wilson Street

Join us in the showroom at BikePartners.net Bike Shop in Historic Railroad Square for a captivating program. Those of you who saw Silke and Eric's travel show two years ago will remember what a fun program that was. Tonight's program features a whole new set of bicycle adventures. We'll learn how their Bike Friday folding bicycles made international touring a snap.

Drinks and refreshments -- and POPCORN -- will be provided.

Free admission, with a $5 recommended donation to support the work of the Sonoma County Bicycle Coalition.

Bring the whole family.

Electrify your Ride... with BionX!

posted May 12, 2016, 6:40 PM by Geoffrey Smith   [ updated Sep 4, 2016, 5:19 PM ]

We're proud to announce that we are now a BionX hub-motor dealer!  These amazing electric pedal assist systems are so elegant in their simplicity, it's almost like cheating.  We simply swap your existing rear wheel for a pre-built BionX wheel that incorporates a powerful 48 volt, 350 watt motor, add a long-lived Lithium Ion battery, and off you go!  Conversion of any bicycle takes just three hours in our shop.

The TerraTrike Has Arrived!

posted Oct 31, 2015, 8:57 AM by Geoffrey Smith   [ updated Sep 4, 2016, 5:25 PM ]

Schedule a test ride today!  Contact the shop.



Read about the TerraTrike Traveler

Check out our radio ad!

posted May 26, 2015, 5:55 PM by Geoffrey Smith   [ updated May 26, 2015, 5:58 PM ]

We're proud of our first 60-second radio spot, currently airing on KRSH 95.9 Wine Country Radio!
KRSH Radio Recording Studio
 We've put together a little slide show to go along with our on-air prose, and posted it on YouTube for your enjoyment (and, hopefully, sharing).

We're especially proud to be the sponsor of the Sonoma County Regional Parks "Get Outdoors" segment that airs every Wednesday around noon.  The best way to enjoy our beautiful county is by bicycle!

Check out our radio spot here.


Community Rallies to Brighten Up Our Street

posted Oct 14, 2009, 11:16 PM by Geoffrey Smith   [ updated Jan 16, 2015, 10:09 PM ]

Artist hopes mural will help brighten west Santa Rosa neighborhood

The Press Democrat, November 28, 2014

There’s a new day dawning on a part of Santa Rosa that has long struggled with homelessness.

At least, that’s what the artist behind a new mural titled “Sunrise” is hoping.

Judy Kennedy is installing a brilliant 70-foot-long mural along a wall at the Redwood Gospel Mission in a bid to brighten up what had become a dirty, dark stretch of Wilson Street.

“My hope is that this will be enjoyed by both communities — the residents and the transient people,” Kennedy said Wednesday as she and a half-dozen volunteers painted geometric shapes meant to evoke a sunrise in stained glass.

The project began when Geoffrey Smith, owner of bike shop BikePartners.net, tried to get the mission to do something about the mess left behind by homeless people who were hiding out behind a row of bushes alongside the mission’s courtyard wall. It’s also right by the front door of the bike business he moved to Wilson Street in August.

Neighbor Betsy Hall had noticed the problem herself as she walked to her yoga class, so when she heard Smith’s concerns the two paired up.

Hall talked to Chris Keys, director of men’s ministries at the mission, and got permission to remove the bushes. One day she walked into Smith’s shop with a couple saws, and in short order the shrubs were gone. Immediately, the question became what should replace them.

Once she saw the unobstructed wall, Hall said she knew a mural was needed. Kennedy, who had recently completed another mural in the area, was brought in and began brainstorming designs.

The dawn theme was natural because people in recovery often think in terms of a new day, Kennedy said. The religious nature of the mission’s work also led her to the stained-glass motif, she said.

Mission officials welcomed the idea and contributed volunteers to the effort who removed dirt and cleaned and prepped the wall. On Wednesday, Kennedy directed several volunteers who applied bright colors with names like “Sunny Side Up” and “Phoenix Rising” to her sketch.

“It’s gorgeous. It’s killer!” she called out as the colors burst to life.

One volunteer was Councilwoman Julie Combs, who called the previous condition of the property a “biohazard” and the solution “fantastic.”

“It was really needed to clean up this area, which was becoming an eyesore and a nose-sore,” she said.

She said the problem highlighted for her that the city needs to do more for the 4,000 homeless residents, including 1,500 teens, in the county.

Smith said he believes that the mission managers are doing their best in a difficult situation, which includes that many of the people who cause problems near the mission aren’t participating in the services it offers. He said it is incumbent upon business owners, residents and the mission to work together to solve the homelessness issues that are particular to the West End.

“They need our help to become good neighbors,” Smith said of the mission.

Smith, Hall and the mission put up seed money to get the project going, but they’re hoping donations will help defray some of their costs, Smith said.

You can reach Staff Writer Kevin McCallum at 521-5207 or kevin.mccallum@pressdemocrat.com. On Twitter @srcitybeat.

http://www.pressdemocrat.com/home/3170086-181/artist-hopes-mural-will-help?page=1

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