Vista Outdoor, one of the country's largest gun manufacturers, has subsidiaries that include assault weapons and ammunitions manufacturers as well as a few large bike accessory brands. Until recently, Bike New York sourced helmets from one of these brands, Bell Helmets, for our bike build events and education programs. We also stocked Bell helmets at our Recycle-A-Bicycle Shop. Read a letter to Vista Outdoor from Ken Podziba, our CEO and President, or download a PDF below.
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Are you 24 or younger and do you love bicycles? Do you consider yourself or aspire to be an empowered, self-directed leader and a creative and unafraid thinker? In a year from now, the Youth Bike Summit will gather 400+ passionate youth bicyclists together in Queens, New York around issues we care about as it relates to our greatest love, bicycles—and we need your voice!
Bikes are magical—until they don’t work. So every year, Bike New York’s fleet of around 500 bicycles is roused from its winter hibernation for a tune-up, right before classes begin. Even if it’s routine, this is a daunting task: broken parts need replacing, wheels need truing, bearings and brakes need adjusting, seatposts and pedals need greasing, and tires need inflating. However, after several years of use, more drastic measures need to be taken—which is why this year’s tuneup isn’t so much routine maintenance as it is an overhaul. We’re also replacing all cables and housing, re-greasing and replacing bearings, and...