I love working on bikes.
I love taking old bikes and fixing them up so people can use them again.
And cleaning them up and I turn them into a thing of beauty in my mind.
I don't charge, just my gift to my neighbors.
The wheels work and that's good.
Hey, Ric. Hey, Kara.
Oh, the bike's ready, huh? Andrew's bike. Wow, look at that!
It is clean and neat and tidy and updated. How do you like it? Oh, my God.
So, I am going to ride his bike. Oh, okay.
During COVID, we picked up biking because we want to be socially distanced.
However, all of our bikes were not in a good condition at all.
So, we've been trying to get her bike to a repair shop.
Everywhere we went, we called, they say, "Oh, at least six months, five months.
We're not taking any more bikes. We're completely booked."
As a whole family, we dearly, sincerely appreciate what Ric does.
Back in April, April, early April in the beginning of the pandemic,
there was somebody who sent out a message on our local ListServe and said,
Is anybody out there that can repair bike, my daughter's, the breaks on my daughter's bicycle?
I said, I'm willing to do it.
And since then, I have had over 670 bicycles that I have repaired.
Excuse me just a second.
Pretty good. When would you come?
That would be perfect. Thank you so much. Sure.
Sounds good, right. I will see you then. Sure, bye bye.
So, that's somebody who will be bringing her bike over shortly.
Alright? A lot of what I do is actually just lubricating these things.
That's good Nikki. That's good.
You know, maybe you can tell just looking at it right away.
You don't even need it to say. Good enough to go. They don't have to be beautiful. Right. They just need to function.
With the pandemic, I started to think like what else are the kids doing?
Like they, you know, parks were closed. They weren't going to school.
In Ward 8, which is, you know, the poorest, probably the poorest part of Washington, D.C.,
where the most underprivileged families and kids live, there really was hardly anything to do.
So, every time I bring a bike to a child,
I feel like it's giving them, you know, a sense of freedom, a sense of fun
and probably most importantly, a sense that people care about them.
I couldn't do this without Ric. Ric doesn't charge me anything.
He does it out of the goodness of his heart.
You know, Ric is my hero in a lot of ways.
Alright. I will be in touch, Nikki. Have a good day.
Thank you. I will let you know when things are ready.