Village Cycleworks was spawned from an old passion – I grew up on a bicycle and bicycles have been part of most of my life. I sometimes call it my “retirement business” but it really is a hobby. The “shop” is a partitioned off area of the garage. I keep irregular hours, at my convenience – like I said – it is my “retirement business”.
It is my belief that cycling is an essential part of the solution to the environmental challenges confronting society. I rescue bicycles that were destined for the landfill and give them renewed life in one of two ways:.
1. Repairing and refurbishing
Bicycles are selected for refurbishment if their frames are sound and if repairs can be made cost-effectively. Defective components are replaced when necessary with either new or salvaged parts. Refurbished bicycles, when available, are advertised on Kijiji and are put back on the streets.
Cargo bikes fit into this category, constructed by adding cargo bays to donor bike frames. These bicycles are then completed with carefully selected components to create highly utilitarian re-purposed bicycles.
There is a resurgence of cycling in North America – bicycles are playing a significant role in urban transportation and it is reaffirming to be part of that movement.