It's More Than a Bike
BY MATT GAY, CIRCLE CITY RELIEF
The Conquest Cycling team that consists primarily of cyclists from Grace Church conducts a weekly bike ride on Sunday afternoons that focuses on fellowship and fitness. They are lead by Dave Alves, John Wright and Eric Carlton. Five years ago, they put their passion for fellowship and cycling to work for God's kingdom by fixing bikes for people in need of transportation. One day, a volunteer noticed many of the people we served at Circle City Relief (CCR) arrived on bikes that were broken down. A broken pedal, no brakes or no seat were just a few of the issues. After he brought this to our attention, we share it with our Conquest riders. After a few discussions, they decided to come down one Sunday a week and fix bikes for free! They then give them away to people in need.
The bike repair area at CCR has quickly grown to become a very busy area. They arrive at 10:30 a.m. and set up tents, bike repair equipment and tools, and begin to work. A line of people usually forms with bikes and they don't stop until the last one is repaired. By the time it's all over, they will have repaired around 20-30 bikes.
The impact on the community is tremendous. Homeless men, women and children can't afford a car or gas, and don't even have money for bus transportation. So, they use bikes as their main source of transportation to get to work, an interview or see family. One gentlemen just needed a bike that would help him get to the store to get medication for his bed-ridden father.
The community looks forward to bike repair day. Not only for the bikes, but for the fellowship. The Conquest Cycling guys have created relationships with people in the neighborhood and engaged with individuals to get to know them on a personal level while sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Conquest is always in need of bikes to recycle, restore and repurpose. Please consider helping them by donating a bike so they can get it in the hands of someone that needs it most. To donate, contact us.