Giving the Gift of Cycling

If you are thinking about gifting a bicycle to someone you love this holiday season, I hope that you would consider purchasing one from the New Jersey Bike Exchange where you can find some great reconditioned bikes for everyone on your list.

Location: In the Capital Plaza Shopping Center, 1500 North Olden Avenue, Ewing, NJ 08638.
Hours: Tuesday and Thursday Evenings from 5:00 to 7:45, and Saturdays from 10:00 to 3:45.

I’ve been volunteering as a bike mechanic at the Trenton Bike Exchange and right now we have one of the fullest inventories of bikes available for everyone from small children needing training wheels to adult bikes (including road bikes, hybrids, mountain bikes, even electric assist bikes) as well as a few collectible vintage bikes. All bikes are safe and in great condition – many are like new! Every bike is priced to provide an exceptional value and all of the proceeds are provided to support the fine programs at the Boys and Girls Clubs of Mercer County. Many children’s “first bikes” are priced between $5.00 and $15.00!

The New Jersey Bike Exchange has been operating with an all volunteer staff since 2009 and has sold over 12,000 bikes and provided the Boys and Girls Club over $655,000 in funding. In addition to the bike reconditioning and sales activities, the Bike Exchange also provides a program of focused mechanical training to interns from the Boys and Girls Club and provides similar volunteer opportunities to students at local schools and universities.

Bike donations are always welcome! You can drop off your bike at the Trenton Bike Exchange during business hours or at any one of 13 other partner locations in New Jersey or Pennsylvania. Bike donation drives are also a great project for students needing community service credits for school or within your faith community or neighborhood. If you are interested in starting a bike donation drive, please contact The Bike Exchange and we can help you get started.

Volunteers are always welcome and positions are available for mechanics, sales and store managers. No Experience is Necessary! If you have the desire we will provide the training. Stop in any time we are open for business and let us show you around.

For additional information:
• New Jersey Bike Exchange.
• Bike Donation or Bike Drive.
• Volunteer Opportunities contact.
• Boys and Girls Club of Mercer County.
• Partner Bike Shops for local drop off.


Henry Hudson Trail Ride w/ friends from Princeton Ski Club

I wanted to pass along this invitation from our friends at the Princeton Ski Club and MARS (Metropolitan Area Recumbent Society) for a short, friendly ride with lunch along the Henry Hudson Trail. This ride will meet up at 10:45 AM and start rolling at 11:00 AM on Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015. There will likely be a full range of cycle types and everyone is welcome to ride. For more information, please see this Princeton Ski Club brochure. Below is the description from ride leader Steve:


There’s still plenty of nice weather left for biking, so let’s meet in Freehold for our final ride of the season and head north along the Henry Hudson rail trail. This is a good opportunity for those of you in Monmouth County to try one of our rides. We’ll be doing the southern portion of the trail, which is paved and should be suitable for all bikes. This trail segment is about 6 miles long, but there’s the option of extending the ride by continuing further north to the next trail segment. Lunch will be on Rt. 520 near the intersection of Rt. 79, where there are several places to eat.

As usual, we’ll meet at 10:45 AM and plan to start riding around 11. The starting point is at the parking lot for the Monmouth County Sheriff’s office and Care Center, which I think is also known as the John Montgomery Care Center, located at around 115 Dutch Lane Rd. in Freehold [geo coord. map link = 40.270722, -74.259177]. Directions to the Freehold parking lot are on the attached brochure:

For those of you who are new, I’ll be the guy with a long red recumbent bike or yellow tandem recumbent.

I look forward to riding with you soon!
Wayne K