Volunteering With Bike Repair

It is fascinating how many different kinds of bicycles there are! Just when I feel like I have a handle on how to repair a particular part of a bicycle, in rolls another bicycle to challenge my ability! But then again it is a reason for my continued interest in helping the GABA (Greater Arizona Bicycling Association) group repair bicycles at various Boys and Girls Clubs in the Tucson area. Besides the fact the young people do not have an air pump or do not know how to use it to care for flat tires, there are other needs such as new brake pads, inner tubes, chains, seats, and/or tires. In a 3 hour period of time, many bicycles get fixed and I learn something new each time too! It’s a great way to spend time with friends also! Good work all!!

Wayne knows his stuff!
Wayne knows his stuff!
Barb focuses on her work!
Barb focuses on her work!
Another new tire needed!
Another new tire needed!


The usual interaction with a bicyclist coming toward me on the bike path is a wave of a hand, a quick “hello”, or nod of head, But today, loud and clear, it was a simple word, SNAKE!

I had seen a snake when I first rode through this area and I did not stop to take a photo. It was just beginning its slither across the bike path. A woman said something to me and I responded that the snake simply wanted to get to the other side. As she stood there with her dog, I figured the snake may do an about-turn. But it did keep moving forward as she walked her dog away.

On my return trip on the same path, I thought for sure the snake would have been across the path by now and I would not see it. As I got closer to the area, a bicyclist rode toward me and with a loud voice yelled

, SNAKE! Okay then, maybe I will be in luck, see a snake and not have any other person or dog around.

I see the snake just finishing its trip across the bike path and on its way to someplace in the sand. I stopped to grab my camera and the snake immediately stayed in its place. No movement, and never did move until I get back on my bicycle to ride off.


Slithered across a bike path in AZ!
Snake slithered across a bike path in AZ!


Seize the Day…Go for a Bicycle Ride!

Do you have a seizure-disorder or epilepsy? Have you wanted to go for a bicycle ride? Please be aware of a new group in Tucson, AZ supporting those individuals who may have a seizure-disorder or epilepsy AND do want to bicycle ride. Every other week the ride is listed with the GABA bicycling group in Tucson and called Carpe Diem. Any person 18 plus years of age and older…we have 70 year olds riding too….can ride with the group, along with support and family members. Anyone can go for a ride with the group!

A few of us, along with me, were trained to be an assistant ride leader for this group. We want to support interested bicycle riders and have them know we are aware of how to support them if a medical concern arises. The riders also learn more about bicycling etiquette, the fantastic bike loop in Tucson, and the delicious places to stop for coffee, snacks or lunch as we ride on neighborhood bike boulevards and visit areas of interest.

You’re in the Tucson area and just want to join, please do so. You know of someone who could benefit from this type of supported ride, send them this blog post or write back to me and I will help make it happen. Or, simply be aware of this bicycle ride and spread the word. I know people with seizure-disorders and epilepsy are out there…let’s help and encourage a supported bike ride for the person! Thanks!