This month, ZenCog hosted Jax REcycle for their semi-annual bike rehab. We can’t express how amazing it was to see so many of you come out on the rainiest day of September to build bikes for the folks over at the Sulzbacher Center. The Sulzbacher is such a great resource for the people in our community when we need a helping hand, and the men and women who received the bikes were determined, resilient folks recommended by their case workers to receive bikes to help them on their new paths: getting back on track, finding work, and moving on with their lives.
In six hours on September 7th, 2014, in weather alternating between a steady downpour and a gentle drizzle, we rebuilt almost forty adult bicycles and a handful of kids’ bikes. More than thirty of you – including ZenCog customers and staff, Bike Jax, mechanics from other shops like Bikes, Etc. kids from the neighborhood, and SORBA volunteers – came out to help, whether for an hour or the whole day, and we couldn’t be more grateful.
On Friday the 12th, we trailered the bikes downtown to the Sulzbacher Center for placement with candidates from the LifeSkills program. It was the largest single placement of bikes yet for Jax REcycle, and though we had forty bikes, a few participants had to be wait-listed until the next batch of bikes. We’re already looking forward to the next rehab day, and hope to see y’all again next time! Remember, Jax REcycle can accept adult and child bikes, frames, and components in decent shape, as well as cash donations to offset costs of tires, tubes, helmets, locks and lights. If you have bikes or other contributions available, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a drop-off.
Frame Size XS
20.9 in top tube
14 in seat tube
Surly Troll XS
Ladies’ Terry Butterfly Gel saddle
Ergon ergonomic grips
Rear Topeak rack, bottle cage
Topeak cargo crate available for additional fee
Color: Eggplant Purple gloss
Condition: Excellent/Like New
Price: $950.00 ($1500 retail new, and this guy’s as close as you can get; check out the tire tread!)
Please note: all Surly branding has been removed. Stealth!
Join Jax ReCycle at ZenCog on September 7 from 10am-3pm for a bicycle build volunteer work day. No mechanical experience required…just adequately greased elbows! Volunteers of all skill levels are invited to contribute to cleaning, assembling, and repairing donated bicycles and bicycle components.
Jax ReCycle partners with the Sulzbacher Center and Community Connections to provide individuals in need with refurbished bicycles for work transportation. Since 2008, Jax ReCycle has refurbished over 400 adult bicycles and hundreds of children’s bikes, thanks entirely to volunteer labor, donated bicycles, and community support.
Volunteers may bring basic tools or clean, used rags, and should bring a bottle for water (we’ll have refills and a few cold beverages).
Those unable to volunteer during a work event may contribute by donating used bicycles including frames or parts, new helmets or bike lights, or new or used bike locks and chains, by transporting the refurbished bicycles to donation sites, or by contributing to the Jax ReCycle funds at ZenCog Bicycle Company or at the Sulzbacher Center.
About Jax ReCycle
Jax ReCycle refurbishes discarded or donated bicycles for placement with individuals who need them to get to work. While the bicycles are furnished to recipients in need free of charge, a primary objective of the program is to provide not just a possession of practical value to the new owner, but a mode of transportation empowering the recipient with self-sufficiency. The owner of a ReCycled bike may be able to get to work more quickly, easily, and promptly. Ultimately, burdens of commute expenses are alleviated, as bicycles are inexpensive to maintain relative to motor vehicles, and at times more reliable and time-efficient than public transportation.
On Saturday, August 23, JumpingFish, a Florida waterway advocacy group, will hold its second Up the River Downtown distance swim and paddle. Swimmers, kayakers, stand-up paddleboarders and more will take the plunge from the campus of Jacksonville University to navigate ten kilometers up the St. Johns River to the Riverside Arts Market. The event supports JumpingFish’s primary mission of advocating for our waterways through Athletics, Recreation & Tourism.
RAM Ride Jacksonville will join in the fun from dry land, providing a rolling escort for the aquatic participants along the North Bank Riverwalk from its furthest point near the Jacksonville Shipyards. Bring your friends and family, noisemakers of all kinds, and bicycles, unicycles, and kid trailers to meet under the Fuller Warren Bridge for a 9am departure for the bike ride from the Riverside Arts Market to the Shipyards. This will be the RAM Ride’s 158th installment! Let’s make it a memorable one.
Greetings from Stockton Street! There’s been a ton of activity at ZenCog this summer, and we’re so excited I thought I’d do a little status update with some staff and shop news.
You may have noticed…after almost five years, we have our first “big kid” website! Thank you to Katie Smith of Storycrafted for taking on the challenge of mercy-killing our old abandoned blogs and bringing us into a new era. Katie also did most of the photography for the website. I figured why not keep a good thing going, so we recently brought Katie on as our new Brand Manager. She’ll be managing the website and keeping tabs on our social media, as well as coordinating events. Welcome aboard, Katie!
Welcome Back, Pop Pop!
Matt Bort is back on board wrenching and managing the sales floor after his travels across North America over the last year or so. He and Katie bike toured from NYC to Halifax, Nova Scotia last year, after which he spent a few months working at Denver’s Bike Share program and mountain biking out west. He’s currently planning mountain biking trips to the trails in Pisgah, North Carolina and Moab, Utah. He recently returned from Skagway, Alaska, where they visited some of our old customers, Matt and Emily, who just opened a fat bike rental shop, Alcan Outfitters.
Mike Sanders is healing up from a bum ankle he earned kicking himself in the butt when his bike got swiped earlier this summer. Fortunately the thief was not of the dedicated variety, and the bike was found abandoned the same night.
Chris Woolvin has moved on to spread the zen and pursue his “company computer guy” dreams at a new gig with Mac Tech Pro. Brandi, too, has spread her wings and we wish her luck with her pursuits.
My partner Clark Schaffer, the Riverside Tax Guy, recently moved to Riverside and is taking accounting clients at his spot on King Street. I guess taxes are one of those guarantees in life. He plays bass and is thinking about starting a blues band.
Continuing with the musical theme, our mechanic Milan Algood (of Antique Animals notoriety) is filling in with New Strangers and just played a show at our favorite dive bar, Shantytown. Personally, I’m playing drums for Pretty Police State with Stacey Bennett. We had a great time playing at One Spark this spring.
Cranking ‘Em Out
Thanks to you guys, we’re sweating to throw bikes out the door fast enough. This has been our busiest summer since opening ZenCog in 2009, but fortunately we’ve had the help of Rich Cotter to fill in building new bikes after hours when we’re really slammed. We plan to keep him very busy, because I’m excited to announce that we just signed an agreement to carry Kona Bicycles. ZenCog is the only Jacksonville Kona dealer, and we think they’re a great brand. We’ll definitely be sharing more about Kona’s mountain and road bikes in the near future.
At the shop, we added a zippier computer and we’re switching to a new point-of-sale system that will really help out with the checkout process. I have a few more changes up my sleeve to improve the flow in the store, so stay tuned. We’re also in talks to get a new apparel line in the next couple of months (including new shop jerseys, hooray). That’s just waiting on a top-secret revamp of the ZenCog logo….cha-cha-cha-cha-changes!
We’ll be back soon with more updates. Thank you all for supporting ZenCog, the little Riverside bike shop with a big steel heart.
The retro styling on this steel import from India is a real charmer. With upright stance, fenders, and a chain guard, it’s the perfect bike to get from home to your destination unmussed.
Frame Size Large
56 cm seat tube
Retro rod brake, moped-style rear kickstand, upgraded leather Brooks-style saddle
Accessories included: Fenders, integrated light
Color: Black with Gold & Red accents
Frame Size Medium
52 cm top tube
54 cm seat tube
Alloy frame, carbon fork, Sora 8 speed drivetrain, added cross brake levers, SPD pedals, Serfas RX saddle
Accessories included: Rear light, bottle cages
Color: White with blue
Singlespeed/Freewheel urban road bike. Blue w/ gold accents. Shadow pedals, otherwise stock. A few seasons old, but the Urban Soul has been one of ZenCog’s most popular models for years, for good reason. Great value for a solid, decent-component bike. This size should fit tweens, petite women, and men who usually need to hem their pants.
Price: $350.00 OBO
Limited deal: We have ONE size medium KHS CX 300, a sweet road/cyclocross machine, and we’re letting it go for 25% off retail. Help us move it to make room for next season’s models. This size will best fit a taller woman or medium-to-tall framed guy, but come in for a proper fit.