Wrench-a-Thon 2019: Free LED safety lights-giveaway by QC Bike

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Bikes need lights! Giveaway lights by QC Bike are for safety. Courtesy Photo

MANCHESTER, NH  – As part of its Wrench-a-Thon 2019 bike blitz, the Queen City Bicycle Collective (QC Bike) is giving away light sets for bicycle safety illumination.

“We want to keep our community bright, seen, and safe,” says Tyler Glodt, Shop Manager. Conforming to New Hampshire requirements for after-dark bicycling, these light sets consist of a white light for the front of the bike and a red one for the rear. The lights come with long-lasting batteries, which can later be replaced for free at QC Bike on 35 Elm St., Manchester, NH.

Light sets are available at the shop, and at the Manchester City Library, both the Main and West branches, during open hours. Ask for these lights at the Information Desk at the library. Light sets will be available until the supply runs out. Donations are welcome and can extend the supply of lights.

Pictured: Volunteers rebuilding a bike during Wrench-a-Thon 2018. Hundreds of bikes need to be rebuilt for spring 2020. Join Wrench-a-Thon 2019.

Wrench-a-Thon is a dedicated work marathon across three days at QC Bike. Held annually, the goal is to refurbish bikes for QC Bike’s Earn-a-Bike program. This third annual event will be held across 28 hours between December 6 and 8, 2019. Wrench-a-Thon is open to any and all volunteers and supporters – no mechanical experience required – though many who attend already have some bike-repair experience.

“These people have rolled up their sleeves and have ‘wrenched’ with us or helped us in other ways,” says Kyle Winters, QC Bike Board member. “People are the cogs that keep QC Bike rolling, and we’d love for you to help us in this year’s Wrench-A-Thon.”

Volunteers often register for one or more 3-hour shifts. Shifts are loosely structured. Refreshments, including home-baked cookies and coffee, will be provided. Sign-up using the calendar tab at the QC Bike website, https://qcbike.org/calendar/, or just show up at the shop at 35 Elm St., Manchester, NH, Friday, December 6, 1. to 9 p.m..; Saturday, December 7, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m..; or Sunday, 10 am. to 4 p.m.

QC Bike’s Earn-a-Bike program provides two Manchester schools with about 120 bundled bike, helmet, light, and lock packages to students as awards for academic and leadership excellence. These are refurbished bikes supported by grants and donations from QC Bike community partners.

About QC Bike Collective
Originally founded in 2015, Queen City Bicycle Collective (QC Bike) is now a 501(c)(3), nonprofit, community bike shop. The shop’s mission is to help Manchester-area residents ride safe and affordable bikes, and gain the skills to repair and maintain them. Think of QC Bike as an affordable do-it-yourself bike repair – and sales – shop. Bikes donated by individuals and community partners are cleaned and refurbished for sale and for the Collective’s Earn-a-Bike program. What cannot be refurbished is dismantled and the constituent components reused or recycled. Excess stock of bikes and parts are shared with other nonprofit groups. Nothing goes to waste.
For more information:
Abby Easterly
Queen City Bike Collective
35 Elm Street, Manchester, NH 03101
abby@qcbike.org
603-493-1720