The Waco Bicycle Club has been providing a bicycle safety check for students at the Hallsburg Elementary School for the past 9 years.
Followup after our event:
Many thanks to WBC members Dawson Bullock, Sarah Dougherty, Larry Gurley, Rusty Hansgen, Mike Harris, Stanley Harris, John & Saundra Karnes, Larry Lenamon, Scott Littrell, Grayson Meek, Dave Morrow, Jim Morton, Scott Prugh, Lance Springman, Josh Strange, Rickey Taylor, and Renee Van Treuren for the superb effort made at this years Hallsburg Elementary School bicycle safety event on April 10 & 11. The group checked and repaired about 150 bicycles. They also checked the helmet fit and adjusted seat height for the students. The groups efforts were greatly appreciated by the students and the school staff.
Reflectors and brake pads continue to be the main items needing attention but there were a few brake and shifter cables, forks on backwards, flat tires, handle bar grips, bar ends, and chain lube that required their TLC. Then there were the “shiftless” grip shifters that defied our efforts to repair due to their poor quality on entry level bikes.
Hopefully, the groups efforts will result in safer riding and a lifelong love of bicycling for the students..
Also big thanks goes to Rusty Hansgen who organizes all the supplies and coordinates the volunteers each year. We couldn’t do it without him.
This event helps to ensure that every student has a bicycle that is mechanically safe to ride. History has shown us that we will be working on about 100 bikes.
The event will be held on Wednesday, April 10 and Thursday April 11 from 4:00 to 8:30.
The Hallsburg School will provide something for us to eat and drink. Please let Rusty Hansgen know if you can help out on either of the two nights and if so, what time frame you will be able to work and reply to Rusty at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You don’t have to be an expert bicycle mechanic to help. We need help airing up tires, replacing flat tubes, and checking helmet fit on the students. In general, we will be checking the bikes for proper reflectors, tightness of all hardware, brake functionality, shifting functionality, bike fit, and lubrication.
If you have them, bring a repair stand, bike tools, and floor pump. We will have an assortment of repair parts available.
From loop 340, take Route 6 South toward Bryan/Marlin. Exit at Hallsburg Road and follow FM3222. Hallsburg Elementary School will be approximately 2 miles down FM3222 on the left. The event will be in the gym.