How Franklinton Cycleworks Is Building Bikes And A Community

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August 2nd, 2011

A Monday afternoon in Franklinton and the local bike co-op is busy. Founded almost four years ago, Franklinton Cycleworks is taking root in its third space, offering community members a place to service their bikes and learn new skills. (8 Photos)

Franklinton Cycleworks (front)
Four years ago, partners, Greg Lanham, Jonathan Youngman, Jonathan Ryder, Kelly Young founded the Franklinton Cycleworks, a bike co-op located in the Franklinton neighborhood west of downtown Columbus. A signature of their new space at 897 West Broad Street are bike parts (and now a whole bike) that hang on the building's front facade. Ryder says the city is offering to help rehab store fronts in the area and as a result the co-op will be able to fix the facade and paint a mural on the side of the building. (Photo by: Nora McDonald/WOSU)
Two men work together to repaire a bike wheel at Franklinton Cycleworks
Two men work to repair a bike wheel. Their first time in the co-op, one says he found out about Franklinton Cycleworks when he was seeking shelter in a nearby area during a time when he was experiencing homelessness. (Photo by: Nora McDonald/WOSU)
Bike tires at Franklinton Cycleworks
Tires and parts as well as bike maintenance tools and full bikes line the walls at Franklinton Cycleworks. (Photo by: Nora McDonald/WOSU)
Bins of bike parts at Franklinton Cycleworks
The walls are lined with bins of bike parts to supply volunteers needing anything from a simple repair to rehabbing or customizing an entire bike. (Photo by: Nora McDonald/WOSU)
Bike maintenance tools at Franklinton Cycleworks
Bike education is a large part of Franklinton Cycleworks' mission. Through grants, they've been able to provide youth with tool kits and training to develop basic bike maintenance skills. (Photo by: Nora McDonald/WOSU)
A line of old bikes at Franklinton Cycle Works
Old bikes line the walls at Franklinton Cycleworks. Volunteers can earn credit towards the purchase of bikes and parts by helping out at the co-op. (Photo by: Nora McDonald/WOSU)
Painting of the Franklinton Cycleworks founding partners
A painting by a friend of the co-op's partners depicts the founders as devoted bikers. St. John’s Episcopal Church has played a critical role in providing grant money to support the co-op. (Photo by: Nora McDonald/WOSU)
Co-op code of conduct at Franklinton Cycleworks
The co-op code of conduct displayed on the wall inside Franklinton Cycleworks. About 50% of volunteers and visitors are local, Jonathan Ryder says, while the rest are from areas like Clintonville and Grandview. Children under 16 must be supervised by an adult. (Photo by: Nora McDonald/WOSU)

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