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pieces away and teach people how to turn them into a workable bike," said Semkowich.
"We help one another and we make it work," adds Kenion, who has been working on a bike the past couple of months. "Without this place, it would be very hard."
A tall, easygoing man with a red beard and long hair, Semkowich was a bike messenger in big cities for years. After continually getting his bicycle stolen, he learned how to build bikes to save money.
Joseph Bailey and Susan Coffey attach a light to the front of Bailey bicycle.
"People, as soon as they learn the knowledge, they'll pass it on to the next new person that comes in. So, it's pretty cool. It's really community based in that way."
He estimates that at least 60 people come through the ReCyclery every week, either to maintain or work on a bike. "It's a busy hub," he says.
"I get a peace of mind when I come over here. I can have problems and come over here and it seems like the problems just go away," he said, with a shrug.
"It's a good thing that we have this in the neighborhood because everybody cannot afford a bike," said Joseph Kenion, as he fished through a bin of used bike seats, looking for one to fix on his bike. For Kenion, the benefits of the ReCyclery go beyond the bicycle.
Wheels and sprockets, frames and wrenches hang from nails and hooks on the walls and ceiling. Rows of bicycle frames, old and new, wait for new life and another chance to roll the road
Joseph Bailey and Susan Coffey relax outside the Asheville Bike ReCyclery.
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A team of dedicated volunteers, including Matty Semkowich, runs the hive.
Every spring, the volunteers try to replenish their supply of bikes, so they're holding a bike drive.
"People get so excited," says Semkowich about building bikes. "People that have never picked up a wrench, who don't know what lefty loosey or righty tighty is. You teach them these simple things, Adidas Harden Volume 1 Pioneer
"We aren't here as a social work agency, we're here to teach people how to help themselves," said Semkowich. "It's cool Harden White Gold to hear people that come in say 'you guys, you guys' and after a couple weeks say 'we.' And say, 'Where'sourtools?' and they realize this is a community shop."
and leading safety programs at schools. Since moving to Asheville, he has been volunteering at the Asheville Bike ReCyclery for about nine years.
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and they're like 'Wow, I can do this.'"
Asheville Bike ReCyclery volunteer Matty Semkowich talks with a couple interested in buying a new bike from the nonprofit.
Soon he, "kind of got addicted to bikes."
The Asheville Bike ReCyclery is like a secret garden in a garage.
It's a hub for a large cross section of the community, from avid cyclists to beginners, from hobbyists to homeless folks looking to fix their main means of transportation.
Tucked in the lower level of the French Broad Food Co op, you'll find the doors to this nonprofit open four times a week. It's typically a beehive, with people coming in to tune their bikes, learn about brake systems or choose a frame to build out.
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