Cycle

Break the Cycle

Mission

To use cycling as a means of building relationships with youth in economically disadvantaged areas to:

·       Provide male companionship and friendship

·       Provide them with quality male role models

·       Build bridges and healing across racial, cultural and economic divides

·       Share the grace and good news of Jesus Christ

·       Prayer for these young people’s lives and their community

·       Teach and model principles such as integrity, discipline, and pride

·       Teach them about cycling as an activity and outlet they can continue and enjoy throughout life (ie bike safety, bike maintenance, riding etiquette, competitive options, fitness benefits, training plans, etc.)

·       Conduct rides with safety as a paramount concern

·       Provide them with an opportunity to get out of their element and enjoy and appreciate the fresh air and countryside

·       Use it as an on-ramp for a variety of opportunities for further interaction: i.e. post or mid ride picnics, teaching sessions and other social and athletic events

·       Provide opportunities for Christians to become engaged through an alternative to “standard” outreach activities

 

Participants

Initially:

·       3 or 4 participants (want to be able to give quality 1-on-1 time)

·       Boys 13-16 years old

·       Requirements? – no drug use, sufficient commitment level, open to learning, certain academic standing?

·       Leverage relationships of Bill M / Stu to identify candidate participants

Eventually expand to:

·       Girls

·       Special needs children?  (partner with COF in some way)

·       Younger age groups (shorter rides in protected venues?)

·       Mountain biking group?

·       18-21: Form competitive cycling teams?

 

Targeted Areas

·       Initially Rolling Hills

·       Expand to Akron Drive area or other areas?

Activities

Cycling

·       Initially, weekly road rides (Saturday mornings) on rural roads

·       Start at 15-20 miles and gradually grow to 50-75 mile rides

·       Are there volunteers who could lead a weekday ride?

·       Eventually enable them to participate in local organized rides/events

·       Expand to triathlon training?  (opp. to involve running & swimming mentors)

·       Sponsor own event as a fund raiser?

Non-Cycling

·       Teaching sessions

o   Character values (via the Word)

o   Cycling topics (overview of bikes, bike and road safety, bike maintenance, riding etiquette, training principles, etc.)

·       Fun & Fellowship

o   Picnic/cookout mid or post ride

o   Other activity ideas?

Roles

·       Teaching/Mentoring

o   Biblical Principles

o   Leadership Skills

o   Cycling Topics

o   Other

·       Cyclists (Ride Leaders)

·       Other Cyclists

·       Bike Transport/storages

·       SAG (Support and Gear) Vehicle(s)

·       Bike Maintenance

·       Food Preparation

·       Food Transportation

·       (Charity Ride) Event Organization

·       Fund Raising

·       Communication

·       Community Liaisons

·       Volunteer Coordinators

·       Maintain contacts/email list

·       Marketing (advertising, graphics, website later?)

·       Fellowship with youths, families and their community

·       Board of Advisors?

Equipment / Logistical Needs

BIKES

Mid quality road bikes capable of long rides- recommend aluminum frames to start: 4 bikes at $800 = $3,200

ACCESSORIES:

Helmet: $75

Pedals: $80

Cycling Shoes: $100

Cycling Gloves: $20

Cycling Goggles: $35

Cycling Shorts: $40

Cycling Jersey: $35

Socks: $10

Saddle Bag: $25

Bike Computer: $50

Tail light: $30

Spare tire: $25

Basic tools: $35

Other: sunscreen, mirror, ride lubricant: $20

Bike Maintenance (tune-ups, repairs) 2 x/year: $120

Total Accessories per cyclist for team of 4: $700 x 4 = $2,800

START-UP BIKE & EQUIPMENT COSTS: $6,000

OTHER

Storage & Transportation Costs?

Tent? $150?

 

Legal

·       Need incorporation/501c(3) status:

o   Liability protection (need waivers signed)

o   Tax receipts (if donations used)

o   Ownership of assets (bikes, etc)

·       Possibility to operate under Vinebranch or LOL?

·       Partner with Boys & Girls Club, Salvation Army, etc.?

Misc. Issues / Considerations

·       Bikes need to be fitted to each participant.  There is a base size applicable for their height and frame and then the seat and handlebars adjusted for them individually.  Consequently, bikes are in general not interchangeable.

·       Donated items were mentioned.  One issue is that typically, lower end kids or street bikes are the types donated which won’t be usable for real road rides. 

·       On a related note, there are existing ministries that collect, repair and give away bikes. That requires a whole infrastructure for storing, repairing and distributing the bikes.  My thoughts were that this ministry would be focused on building relationships and mentoring.

·       This is expensive equipment and at potentially high risk for theft.  Consequently, the thought was to store them at a secure location (bike shop, church, other) and to transport the participants to the site to begin the ride, and back home after it ends.  Where are candidate locations?

·       However, even if we ride every Saturday, riding one day a week is not enough for the youths to build fitness.  Once they build some trust, should we allow them to “check out” their bike during the week?   And/or should we target youths who have a street bike they can ride during the week to maintain some fitness?

·       Sustained volunteer force to manage and participate in rides on a consistent basis