Power of Two Wheels & Building Community

The Legend of Rafael

When not so much new is going on with bike design, besides motors, it leaves more room for stories about community like this one from Osprey about the Power of Two Wheels & Building Community.

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A beautiful story about the power of two wheels and a community built through bicycling. After a devastating breakup, Rafael finds solitude and restoration on the open road, pedaling his way to emotional health from Mexico City to northern Colorado. With just $500 to his name, he spearheads a revolution to help the underprivileged members of his new neighborhood the best way he knows how—repairing their bicycles.

Here’s a quote from Osprey’s behind the scenes

The idea began in Fort Collins, CO in the fall of 2005.  It was my last semester at Colorado State University. I  had a few hundred bucks in my bank account and my truck broke down as I rolled into town for my first day of class.  With no money to fix my truck I needed a way to get around town and finish my already very delayed college education.  A friend of mine told me about an underground bike shop located in a garage a few blocks away. Rumor had it the “shop” was started by a guy named Rafael, living in a small closet attached to the garage.  He was teaching people how to work on bikes and helping them fix up old bikes for free.  I had an old 10 speed bike I inherited from my step father that hadn’t been ridden in a few decades. I figured I might as well give it a shot.

You can find more of Jesse’s current work on his Instagram @reelmotion

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