Pledge Redemptive Fundraiser

To all of our supporters, the Redemptive Cycles family:

As many of you know we had our annual benefit dinner two weeks ago at Trim Tab Brewing Co. The turnout was amazing, with twice as many people coming as expected. The room was packed elbow to elbow, hot from no A/C, and full of magic. The response to the presentation given that night was wonderful. It seemed that everyone felt inspired by the humble beginnings of RC and how far it has come, and we were so stoked to feel so much love from everyone, but there was one thing about the event that was not so successful.

Of the 200+ people that were there, only FOUR pledge forms were filled out. This was absolutely heartbreaking. Ticket sales themselves only helped us cover the cost of the event. We intentionally set the ticket prices (which included two beers and a buffet) at the cheapest price we could afford, to make it easier for people to pledge. We know it was hot and crowded in there, and everyone was having such a good time visiting with each other that most of you forgot or didn’t realize the importance of the pledge. That’s okay, we love you all, but now we need all of you to pitch in and pledge what you can!

If we don’t raise this money this year the shop will suffer greatly. We are only asking our community to help cover the last 25% of our operating expenses which is $50,000 annually - we already give a lot more than that throughout the year through our charitable services. Now is the time we need everyone to show their support by pledging as much as they can each month. Even just $20 a month helps. We need the pledge number total to hit $4000 per month for us to be good, and if we can get even 150 of you to sign up I’m sure we can hit that.

So please take the time to follow this link to our pledge page and sign up to give monthly. We depend on you all to keep RC going. Once you’ve pledged, please share the link with others! Redemptive Cycles, Birmingham’s Non Profit Bike shop, ran BY THE PEOPLE, FOR THE PEOPLE! Please Help!

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Redemptive Cycles Benefit Dinner

Don't miss our first ever benefit dinner! This is our big fundraising event where we seek to raise the necessary funds to sustain our charitable bicycle services for the year. We will be sharing both our mission and vision for future growth, but we also want to share how you can be a part of the Redemptive Cycles family. We've got two awesome new promotional videos that will be revealed at the event, and tickets include both a dinner buffet and two craft beers. Go to the facebook event, and you can buy tickets in the shop or online. See everyone there!

Yoga at the Compound

Thanks to the efforts of our good friend and yoga teacher, Beth Ryan, Redemptive Cycles has begun hosting yoga classes!

Held each Monday evening at 6PM with a revolving teacher roster, these classes are welcoming and beginner friendly, and are an excellent introduction if you've never tried yoga. So don't be intimidated - we're new at this too!

Whether you're an avid cyclist or just like to cruise around on the weekends, yoga is excellent cross training that will provide many benefits beyond just making you a better rider, and the classes are very affordable at just $5. Non-cyclists are welcome too!

The classes are held in our event space located right next door at the Redemptive Compound. Park on the street or the alley behind the shop and look for all the crazy bike sculptures, they're hard to miss! 
 

Bike Share comes to Birmingham!

With the return of spring we once again spring into the saddle, but this spring you can bet many people will be saddling up for the first time. Birmingham is experiencing it's own little bike boom of late, and cyclists are beginning to gain momentum, not to mention the attention of City Hall.

Thanks to the hard work of our very own board president, Lindsey West, and the good folks of RPCBG and REV, Birmingham will soon have it's very own Bike Share Program. If you see Lindsey be sure to thank her; Bike Share is a huge step for moving cycling to the forefront of people's minds, which is key if Birmingham is to implement some much needed infrastructure and make alternative forms of transporation viable.

So get out there and spread the word: cycling is not only an important facet of Birmingham's growth, it's also just plain fun, not to mention economical, environmentally friendly, and healthy!

 

One Year Trample Anniversary!

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Thursday, April 2nd marked one year since we first started the Downtown Trample group bicycle rides. We have Trampled every Thursday for an entire year...53 Tramples have come and gone and we have no urge to stop now!

When we first started this thing we had maybe 10 riders in all, but each week through word of mouth the rides got bigger and bigger, and by Summer 70+ people would go ride together every Thursday evening. Thursday became a holiday that came once a week, and together on bikes we would celebrate.

Possibly the most amazing thing about the Trample is the wide array of people who are brought together week after week for one reason: the shared love of riding bikes. Many great friendships and wonderful moments were created and shared thanks to this simple commonality. 

Though the rides continued through the winter, most riders took a needed winter rest, and the Trample lost some of it's magic. Some lamented this loss, and longed for sweet summer time, but like the changing of the seasons the Trample's return was inevitable, and after last night there isn't a doubt in anyone's mind that the Trample is back!

More than 50 riders showed up to the one year Trample anniversary: the energy was palpable, and the party didn't stop when the ride did.  

Just in acknowlegment of the awesomeness that is the Trample and the fact that we've been doing it for a year now, we want to celebrate with everyone who came and rode with us and made the Trample into a weekly bike party.

On April 16th we are holding our First Trample Anniversary Party, so come ride, eat, drink, and dance with us, starting at 6PM in the back alley. See you then!

Five Card Stud Alley Cat Race

The first in our Spring/Summer Alley Cat Race series, the Five Card Stud Alley Cat Race will consist of 5 check points in downtown. At each one you'll receive a playing card, collect all 5 then head back to the shop. Don't worry if you aren't the fastest, whoever plays the best hand gets first prize! The rest of the prizes go to top finishers including a prize for fastest girl of the day. Total distance will be about 5 miles - everyone can do this! Party to follow afterwards back at Redemptive Cycles. Even if you aren't racing come hang out and enjoy the festevities, this Saturday at 3PM.

BIKECONOMICS

Bikeconomics is almost here! While most of our events are about being together on bikes and having fun, it's also important as cyclists to remain informed about our rights and duties on the street, as well as to be effectivce advocates for improving bicycle infrastructure and implementing bicycle related initiatives.

This Monday at 6PM at Redemptive Cycles, come hear two awesome speakers: Russ & Laura, writers of The Path Less Pedaled, and Preston Tyree, League Certified Instructor from the League of American Bicyclists. We'll have free pizza and beer, and following the talks there'll be a community input session. This is your chance to take part in bicycle advocacy and see bicycling infrustructure improved in our area!

Spring at Redemptive Cycles

Spring is almost here, the nasty cold weather seems to have finally disipated, and there's no better time to get on a bike! Redemptive Cycles has a bunch of awesome stuff going on this spring, including our weekly group ride, Bikeconomics, our Five Card Stud Alley Cat Race, and this Saturday we're having our biggest sale of the year, Uncle Mark's Sale Day (everything in store is 25% off!), but that's not to mention all the awesome bicycle events taking place in the coming months that RC is not hosting. Head over to our Bike Events page so you can plan ahead and not miss any of these awesome events.

Uncle Mark's Sale Day

March 14th will mark the first annual Uncle Mark's Sale Day! If you don't know Mark, he's an amazing man who has been a tremendous help to Redemptive Cycles over the past year or so. He's fond of bicycles and loves selling them cheap (if not giving them away), and like us he just wants more people riding bikes. What better way to do that than pricing them to sell? In honor of Mark DiChiara, Saturday, March 14th only, everything in store is 25% off! STACK EM DEEP AND SELL EM CHEAP!