Re-up!

Have any new and used bicycles, bike frames, and other usable bike parts and accessories that you’d like to donate to a special cause that upcycles/recycles bikes for the Navajo Nation? Well, this weekend’s “Share the Love Cycle” at Buckley Park is your chance.

From 12 noon - 6 p.m. Oct. 13 and 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Oct. 14, you can head down to Buckley Park and donate your bike or parts to be donated to Silver Stallion, a bike advocacy group on the Navajo Nation.

Last year, organizers hosted the first “Share the Love Cycle” event in Durango, collecting 90 bikes. Within two days, volunteers were able to repair the bikes before handing them off to Silver Stallion. (Repairs happen on-site at Buckley, so if you’re handy with tools, help out!)

This year, organizers say the target goal is to collect 100 bikes to donate. Also this year, the City of Durango adopted the event and incorporated it into Spoketober, a month-long celebration of all things cycling.

In an interview with The Durango Telegraph last year, Teal Stetson-Lee, an event organizer, said the idea for Silver Stallion was born from a lack of bicycle shops and bicycle culture on the Navajo Nation. The concept then grew with the purpose of empowering youth and young adults by training them to be bicycle mechanics, teaching riding skills, and fostering a love of bikes.

“The Durango community has a rich history with bicycles, and that history has often been competitively focused, so this is a way to share that love of bicycles through a new story, in a new angle that I think everyone, from the most competitive cyclist to the average cyclist, can relate to,” she said.

The event has an educational component as well. Time will be set aside for workshops on basic bicycle maintenance.

“Bike maintenance should be accessible to everyone,” Stetson-Lee said previously.

And that’s not all. Friday at the Powerhouse Science Center, 1333 Camino del Rio, a film festival featuring works by Diné and local filmmakers will happen at 7 p.m.

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