Brad Carlson, volunteer extraordinaire at our Minneapolis shop, has been involved with Cycles for Change for about two years. Brad came to Cycles for Change as a participant in our Earn-a-Bike program. He completed that program, having repaired a very nice GT mountain bike which he uses for transportation and recreational riding. He enjoyed the experience so much he almost immediately became a volunteer assistant instructor during subsequent Earn-a-Bike classes.
Currently Brad volunteers to help participants during Open Shops and has completed five bikes for our sales floor as a talented volunteer mechanic. He has also assisted with our Bike Grant Program. His repair skills have developed immensely since he first came to C4C, as well as his teaching skills and confidence. Brad is friendly and good humored which sets first time Open Shop participants at ease right away. He is generous with his time and is always willing to stick around “a little longer” if someone needs help. Brad has a passion for biking, cool bikes, and bike mechanics which is evident any time he is working at our Minneapolis shop.
Fun fact: In the last year, Brad moved from St. Louis Park to within one mile of C4C-Minneapolis. We will take that as a compliment! We are really lucky to have Brad as a volunteer and friend. Thanks, Brad!
(Brad is pictured above with the most recent bike he completed–he did a complete overhaul on this bike, including replacing the front suspension fork!)