Linda Mack, of Silver Cycles, in Silver Springs, Maryland recently wrote on the Internet-BOB mailing list:

A friend of mine had been asking us to help out a friend of hers, a woman with 4 or 5 children and way too little money. Finally someone left a very neglected, elderly Trek Antelope at the store. I had our 15 year old trainee practise doing estimates and an overhaul. We put less than $20 in parts and about 2 hours of labor??well worth it. Here’s the note she sent:

“I just wanted to let you know on Saturday I took out the hybrid bike, the one from the shop. It was great! There was still ice and snow on the ground and a ton of mud, but that bike could handle it. I was slipping and sliding and having a blast trudging through the mud! When I got home I was covered from head to toe in mud and ice. ##### thought I had been out dirt bike racing. It was great and I wanted to tell you thank you.”

Bike shops that give back to the community in this way are a rarity, and need all the support they can get, so when in the Washington, DC area, be sure to swing by the shop and give them some business. According to their website, Silver Cycles is a neighborhood bike shop that helps people find fun and utility in bicycles. They have a deep knowledge base in a wide range of areas: commuting, road-racing, riding with children, touring, cargo-hauling, and of course, recreational riding, and specialize in finding unique solutions that make the cycling experience easy, fun, and functional.