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…is to create equitable access to cycling by providing affordable bicycle maintenance, services and education.

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…provides a central forum for sharing equipment, materials, and expertise, and facilitates affordable, practical, hands-on support for cyclists of all ages and skill levels.

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SoPo’s Annual Fundraising Campaign

2014 is rolling on and SoPo needs your help!

Over the past year, nearly 130 dedicated volunteers have helped over 6,500 shop visitors learn to maintain their bicycles. We collaborated with community partners such as the International Rescue Committee, Habitat for Humanity, the Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, and Catholic Charities, and given away over 150 bicycles.

Our plans for 2014 include a new earn-a-bike partnership with the Gateway Center for the Homeless, hiring an executive director and volunteer coordinator to help solidify SoPo’s organizational structure, and expanding our existing programs and open shop hours to get more bikes to more people.

With these goals in mind, SoPo is launching our first ever Annual Fundraising Campaign. We  know you are a friend of SoPo and you appreciate what we do. As you take time to think about giving this year, we ask that you please consider showing your support by donating to SoPo. Any amount you can spare will go a long way in helping SoPo expand its reach and improve its operations.

If you are interested in donating, click on the Givlet link:


Checks may be mailed to: SoPo Bicycle Cooperative, 1270 Caroline St NE, Ste D120-392, Atlanta, GA 30307

Grant Park Cyclocross Race

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We are getting ready for the Grant Park cyclocross race. And with that we are preparing some loaner bikes for people to use.

If you want to try out cyclocross and need a bike, we have one available.

So go try cross and have some fun.

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Georgia State Cyclocross Championships in Grant Park

This weekend is the Georgia State Cyclocross Championships in Grant Park. It’s in our neighborhood so we’ll be out to let people know about SoPo! Come on out and see the fun that is cyclocross. Go, try it out, cheer, heckle, have fun, and leave with a smile on your face. You can follow the Georgia Cyclocross series here.

SoPo Bike Trailer

It’s coming soon! Thanks to several of our volunteers, SoPo is building a bike trailer so we can take our shop on the road by bike power! And when will you see the bike trailer? Possibly at the Georgia Cyclocross race at Grant Park. You’re going to have to come out and find out for yourself and be in awe of the most awesome bike trailer!

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Bike Trailer

Macon Madness

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The Georgia Cyclocross Series made the trip out to Macon and SoPo was there to be a part of it. We had amazing weather and the crowds were great. It was a different kind of course that tested different cyclocross skills. Fast and handling on turns were rewarded. In the end, SoPo raced to a couple of top 5 finishes. We also had a SoPo loaner bike make the trip down for a race. It’s easily recognizable in pictures.

Thanks to the race promoters, volunteers, fans, and racers for a great event.

The next race will be right in our neighborhood. The race will be in Grant Park on Sunday , October 26th. Check out georgiacx.com for more details.

We hope you make it out to cheer and see all the fun that is cyclocross. We can even loan you a bike if you want to try out racing.

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The Power of Saving from Beltline Bike Shop

Great post from our friends at Beltline Bike Shop in Adair Park. You can read the whole blog post here.

The Power of Saving: One 12 yr old Mechanic’s Story

The impact of learning to delay gratification is life-changing for the kids in our neighborhood. Though it is always valuable but often hard-learned by any child in any community, we see it constantly perpetuated within our streets in particular.  We have determined to instill this value into our kids. It’s the premise of our model: 1) Invest time learning to work 2) Save what you earn 3) Use what you save to purchase a bike of your very own! It’s more than a lesson on bikes and saving, it’s a model to creating a thriving life.

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WeCycle Atlanta Bike Shop

Big congrats to our friends WeCycle Atlanta on their new shop space. We are looking forward to visiting and checking it out. If you don’t know about WeCycle…

WeCycle Atlanta is a co-op bike shop that is committed to making access to a bicycle and bicycle maintenance affordable. We also seek to revitalize the West Atlanta by exhibiting health, environment, and economic intelligence through our programming,

You can also find out more through their Facebook page for details on their shop opening and new ‘Bike The Power’ shirts.

The Link with The Gateway Center and SoPo

Another round of our program The Link with The Gateway Center has started up again. The awesome Gateway residents are taking a bike class before Saturday open hours and then volunteering throughout the day. It’s a great program for both organizations and we are glad to continue it.

Thank you to Stone Soup Kitchen for donating coffee to our program.

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The Changing Weather

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It was overcast, then rain, then the sun came out. The cyclocross races at Jim Miller Park in Marietta had a little bit of everything. Slippery mud, wet grass, muddy run ups, heat, and a nice downhill. While the early races were fast, the middle races were bogged down by mud, and finally as the mud was drying, faster lap times came out.

We had a great cheering section out for the races as SoPo earned some top 10 finishes. The weather couldn’t dampen our spirits.

The race also got a visit from our friends at Bici Coop in Birmingham. Always great to see them out and may our paths cross again. (See the pun in there, paths cross again like in cross races, get it)

If you’d like to try out cyclocross, we have loaner cyclocross bikes available.

And be sure to plan on coming out on Sunday, October 26th to see the Georgia Cyclocross Series visit Grant Park.

Thanks to GA CX , the race promoters, racers, fans, and volunteers who made this event happen.

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