The Spandads show off a truckload of bicycles outside of Oak Bay Bicycles before dropping them all off at 1Up on Dec. 12. (Jesse Laufer/News staff)

Oak Bay’s Spandads help give new life to used bikes

Local cycling club is donating 100 bikes worldwide to those in need

Oak Bay dads inundated Victoria’s 1Up Victoria Single Parent Resource Centre with bikes for Christmas.

On Dec. 12 the Spandads, a local cycling club comprised of dads who like to wear spandex and ride bikes, delivered a truckload of bicycles to 1Up.

Trevor Tuckwell, an administrative co-ordinator with 1Up, was ecstatic.

“They came by in a big cube van full of bikes, all the way from little push bikes right up to full-on mountain bikes with double disk brakes,” he said. “Those will go out to all sorts of kids this Christmas, and even after Christmas just because there’s so many.”

The Spandads have only formally existed for about a year and a half. According to Alec Johnston, one of main Spandads behind the bike drive, they’ve always known they would do at least philanthropic event every year.

“I think one of the reasons we decided to work with 1Up was we thought that it would be good to raise their profile, I don’t think they get a lot of support or exposure compared to some other charities,” Johnston said. “Also, about 15 per cent of their clientele are single dads. As a group of cycling dads, we thought it’d be fun to support other dads.”

READ MORE: B.C. girl’s ‘brilliant’ drawing of break-in suspect hailed by police

The success of this year’s bike drive surprised the Spandads. Johnston said they hopped for a couple dozen bikes, but ended up gathering more than 100. One of their sponsors, Oak Bay Bicycles, volunteered to help tune up the bikes and ensure they were in safe working order.

Spandad Tye Spicer was really impressed with how the bikes came out. “A lot of the stuff we collected you wouldn’t want to give people, especially not as a Christmas gift,” Spicer said. “They took a lot of raw material that wasn’t in great shape, and turned them into bikes that a lot of children and families will be really excited to get over the holidays.”

The bikes collected by the Spandads are going to find new life around the globe.

“We’ve got 45 bikes that are going to 1up, and about another 50 are going to Bicycles for Humanity,” Johnston said.

Bicycles for Humanity is a global charity that provides bicycles to developing countries. Trevor Tuckwell is confident the bikes that remain in Victoria will make a big impact, noting 1Up has already started distributing them. He said 1Up keeps wish-lists of harder to come by items, and bicycles are on them.

“This is a time when we’re inundated with bikes of all sizes, so we’re able to fulfill those wish-lists very quickly. So all those kids, and a couple single parents, will get wishes to come true before Christmas,” Tuckwell said.

By the end of January, Tuckwell is confident all the bicycles will have found new homes.



jesse.laufer@oakbaynews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

With $4M investment, Camosun College offers first sonography program on Vancouver Island

Starting in May 2020 students from Vancouver Island can pursue a career in sonography

School district launches survey for George Jay Elementary name change

The Greater Victoria School District wants to take public cues before decisions are made

Sidney handles plastic bags with wait-and-see approach

Officials say they will wait for courts and provincial action concerning single-use plastic bags

Greater Victoria developer rushes to demolish historic wall before Oak Bay applies heritage permit

Abstract Development punches holes in one of Oak Bay’s oldest stone walls

Scheer, Trudeau, Singh haggle over potential minority government outcome

If you believe the polls, it appears the Liberals and Conservatives are neck-and-neck

POLL: Do you think the day of the federal election should be a statutory holiday?

Increasing voter turnout has long been a goal of officials across the… Continue reading

Canucks beat Stanley Cup champs 4-3 in a shootout

Leivo nets winner, Vancouver dumps St. Louis for fourth straight win

Campbell River homicide suspects arrested in Vancouver

Two men remain in custody, but have not been charged

‘The more you test, the more you find’: Beef recalls a sign of success, experts say

Despite appearances, experts say a recent rise in major recalls is not a sign of food supply problems

Elizabeth May confirms plan to eliminate fish farming in open ocean pens

Green Party leader stops in Qualicum Beach as part of Island campaign

STRIKE: WFP and USW are back at the table for mediation

“No further updates until either an agreement is reached or one party or the other breaks off talks”

Green Party leader Elizabeth May rolls through Vancouver Island to boost a party stronghold

Mocks media, evokes Martin Luther King, Nelson Mandela and promises change

Japanese buyer expands wood pellet contract with B.C.’s Pinnacle

Mitsui and Co. increases contract with Interior energy producer

Most Read