What is Bike and Build?

In short, Bike and Build (http://bikeandbuild.org/cms/) is a a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in 2002, which organizes several cross-country trips each summer to raise funds and awareness for affordable housing projects. The idea is that the trip will act as a catalyst to build homes, foster the spirit of service, and empower young adults… mile by mile, house by house.  In order to participate in the trip this summer I was required to be accepted to the program, I need to raise $4,000 by June 10th. and I need to perform “sweat equity” with a local affordable housing organization.

You can get a more detailed description of the organization and what they do at their website, http://bikeandbuild.org/cms/

Can I help out by donating?

Yes!  Head over to the Bike and Build web page here, http://www.bikeandbuild.org/cms/component/option,com_wrapper/Itemid,118/.  Please remember that if you would like to contribute towards my fund raising goal you will need to remember to select me as the rider in the box.  (It’ll be more clear what I mean when you get to the donation page.)

Who are you?

Gee that sure is a good question.

Ha ha, I’m funny……..

I recently graduated from a three year program working towards a Masters of Architecture and a Masters of Science in Civil Engineering with an emphasis in Structural Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign.  I received my undergraduate degree, a Bachelors of Science in Architecture Studies, at the University of Illinois in 2006.  I was in college for about 8 years, as sad as that sounds.

I learned about Bike & Build from a friend that participated last year.  She loved it and her enthusiasm about the riding, the building, and the new friends she made was very contagious.  I’m part of a service oriented volunteer program here at school and ride for the school’s cycling team/club so Bike and Build seemed like a perfect fit.  Being able to help out other people while riding my bike is just about as good as it gets for me.  I see it as a great way to spend my last summer before entering the “real world.”

It’s strange; I have never been further west than Colorado Springs, CO.  The first time I’ll ever set foot (wheel, really) in the entire western part of the country it will be with a bunch of Bike & Builders.  I look forward to the adventures ahead of us!

Where will you be riding?

If you are interested in keeping track of were we are on a daily basis once the trip begins check out the route tracker on the Bike and Build website here.

What will you be riding?

The standard bike we had the option to group purchase is a 2009 Giant Defy2.  It’s a solid bike and will carry many a Bike and Builder across the country, but I decided to upgrade.  <insert bike snobbery here>

I went with a Giant Defy Alliance 0.  The Alliance frame is pretty sweet.  I felt it gave me the ride advantages of carbon but still had aluminum in the lower parts of the frame that tend to be more susceptible to damage one way or another.

Wh0 will you be riding with?

Check out the 30 or so fellow Bike and Builders that I’ll be riding with along the US Southern Route here.


2 responses to “¿FAQ?

  1. Hey,

    I was wondering how I might get on a team and ride cross country with a group? I would love to get involved with this. Thanks for any information you can provide!


  2. Matt,

    I would suggest that you check out http://bikeandbuild.org/cms/ to find out more about Bike and Build specifically. I know that there is at least one group here on campus that also arranges a cross country bike trip every summer. I believe they do it to raise money for cancer research but I am not entirely sure. So, if you are a college student, look into the registered student organizations at your school and see if there is something similar. Good luck.

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