First “Bikes & Music” Bike Swap Brings Families Together
The inaugural “Bikes and Music Bike Swap,” held at the Rolling Meadows Community Center brought bike enthusiasts and families together for a successful fundraiser. The May 22nd event raised $3,869, which will be used to provide safety gear, bicycles and instruments for Chicagoland youth and meet associated needs.
The event included used bicycles for sale, biking information, a 50/50 raffle and food and beverages. The event had a total of 70 used bicycles for sale, 40 of which were sold same-day. Bike inspections and tune-ups were performed free on location by Jeremy Lamb, co-owner of Crank Revolution.
Ryan Gable, co-founder of Bikes & Music, credits Crank Revolution for helping pull the event together. “Jeremy Lamb generously donated his time and expertise to make this event a success,” says Gable. “He spent the entire day working on bikes and helping people choose the right bike for their needs. We are thrilled by the support Crank Revolution provided for this event, and can’t thank them enough.”
Bikes & Music co-founder Carrie Gable says the event resonated with the organization’s mission, which includes giving all children the opportunity to enjoy bicycling for happiness and well-being. “Bicycles became harder to find and more expensive during the pandemic. The Bike Swap helped families get affordable bikes for mom, dad and the kids so they could enjoy riding together. Seeing people smile when they get their own bike is a great feeling.”
Ryan and Carrie Gable