Church helps people get on their bike and ride

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By Amanda Amsel

Staff Writer

Volunteers Mark Holsipple (left) and Kevin Shaw (right) repair a bicycle at the Vineyard Community Church Bicycle Clinic. The clinic repairs and gives away bicycles to community members for free on the first Wednesday of the month, from April to September. 
Volunteers Mark Holsipple (left) and Kevin Shaw (right) repair a bicycle at the Vineyard Community Church Bicycle Clinic. The clinic repairs and gives away bicycles to community members for free on the first Wednesday of the month, from April to September.

Wondering how you are going to fix that flat tire on your bicycle?

A local church has you covered with a monthly event that teaches you how to fix your ride.

The Vineyard Community Church, 15187 Palmer Road SW, Reynoldsburg, hosts a free bicycle clinic at 6:30 p.m. on the first Wednesday of the month from April to September.

“We give bikes away and repair bicycles for free,” said David Diyanni, pastor of the Vineyard Community Church. “We have church volunteers who come in and act as mechanics and repair bicycles.”

The church mechanics can repair a wide variety of damages to bikes, including replacing tires, repairing chains and fixing pedals.

For most repairs, the church volunteers have all the needed supplies, however, if they are missing a part, they may ask attendees to bring in their own materials for their bike repair.

You do not have to be a member of the church to use this complimentary service.

“This service is great because it gives people a chance to help each other,” said Mark Holsipple, a volunteer at the clinic. “It also shows people that God loves them even in the smallest ways.”

All the bikes that are given away undera the program are donated by residents in the community.

“People just drop off bikes at our garage and we inspect them and repair them as needed,” said Kevin Shaw, a volunteer at the clinic. “We then give the bikes away to those in need.”

Community members will come in and say they need a bike for their child or as a form of transportation to work.

“It is wonderful to see children riding their new bikes around the parking lot saying ‘thank you,’” Diyanni said. “We feel we are meeting a legitimate need and are happy to help.”

One of the many benefits of the clinic is that attendees can see how their bikes are repaired and learn how to make the repairs themselves.

“We have a lot of single moms come in and they do not know how to repair a flat tire on their child’s bike,” Diyanni said. “Most of the time they want to make the repairs themselves, but they do not know how to do it.”

The bike clinic is just one of eight clinics the church offers. Some of the other clinics include computer repair, medical care, dog obedience and tax preparation. The faith-based clinics are open to everyone, regardless of church membership.

For information on the bicycle repair clinic at the Vineyard Community Church or the other clinics they offer, visit www.vineyardcolumbus.org or call (740) 927-7729.

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