Do goat head stickers have you fixing yet another flat on your bicycle? Perhaps your derailleur chain's derailed, or you just need a simple tune-up or brake adjustment. Consider peddling down to the Paonia Bike Co-op. Located on Second Street, the all-volunteer organization exists to get people to ride and maintain their bikes.
As it is today, the co-op had humble beginnings, said Cooper Woods-Darby, who was formerly part of Community Cycles, a non-profit in Boulder that supports cycling and cyclists. In looking for a space to create a similar organization in Paonia, Bill Mann, who operated Galaxy Bike & Sport to repair bikes until about 2014, offered him use of the space behind his shop. "And that kind of propelled things forward," said Woods-Darby. At about that time, a bike shop in Durango was closing down and donated all of their inventory and tools to the cause.
The co-op operates under the umbrella of The Learning Council, a nonprofit supporting life-long learning and education in the North Fork Valley. "It wouldn't happen without their support," said Woods-Darby.
The all-volunteer organization teaches others to repair and maintain their own bikes. The catch, said Woods-Darby, is that bike owners have to help with repairs and learn about their bikes. Volunteers also re-build used bikes to sell, with proceeds going to the co-op.
The co-op will hold its third ever Bike Swap this Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., in the alley behind Paonia Town Hall. The event provides an opportunity to sell or swap bikes, bike gear, tools and clothing, said Ryan Strand, a regular volunteer at the co-op. "Anything bike-related." The co-op suggests a 10-percent donation from sales.
Some interesting bikes and bike parts have come through the swap, said Strand. Last year he found a vintage early 1960s Schwinn Typhoon frame and built a bike around it.
The Bike Co-op is open from 4-6 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays. If they can get the volunteers, said Strand, they will be open on Saturdays.
On Dec. 4 Delta County Commissioners Doug Atchley, Mark Roeber and Don Suppes denied the application of Paonia Holdings, LLC for a change of land use for the property at 41322 Highway 133, with an adjacent residence at 41402 Highway 133 and an ancillary property at 16180 Stevens Gulch Road.
The property is owned by Bowie Resources, LLC, and was formerly used as a coal load-out site.