hi ariel,
just to let you know, there is already a bike collective that has free workshops certain nights of the week open to anyone to work on any project with experienced mechanics to guide you.  North Portland Bike Works, on Mississippi.  not to say don't do your own thing, but it's a hell of a lot of work if there's already resources you may not know about!

On 8/16/07, Ariel raymon <bikefarm@gmail.com> wrote:
Dear bike enthusiasts,
Hello from Portland, OR. I may have already contacted some of you, but decided this was a better route to go. My name is Ariel or RaRa. I'm hoping to start a bike mechanic collective here in Portland, as we don't yet have an affordable space for the public to go to work on bikes and learn from experienced mechanics for free. I've come up with 6 questions that would help me on my way to actualizing this idea. Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for your interest in this project.

Questions for Bike projects:

  1. How did your project begin? (tell me as much or little about what was involved to get you started…. From idea to actualization)
  2. What was the process of filing for a 501c3 and if you're using an umbrella organization, how did you find them?
  3. Do you have a lawyer, or lawyer friends that might give me some legal advice pro-bono?
  4. Where did you get your funding?
  5. How did you enlist volunteers and keep them?
  6. What do you wish you had known going into this process ahead of time?

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