To all interested people:
Proposed intent to create a bicycle frame building collective
This is a call to ALL interested. You need not be a; frame builder, bike mechanic or have any current knowledge regarding the aforementioned.
This is the initial meeting and we are completely starting from scratch so all are welcome to attend.
The one requirement is an open mind and a commitment to cycling, global change and healing. If you are riding a bike already for transportation that would be nice; but not required to attend.
This will be a meeting for all interested parties to assess; the viability, vision, and mission involved in the creation of a bicycle frame building coop.
This will NOT be a lecture or presentation. This your meeting to explore the viability of the creation of a frame building collective by you, the attendees.
There will be people in attendance with experience in collectivism, welding, frame building and bike repair.
The initial frames proposed will be as follows:
A bicycle frame made of steel designed to be used in the city. Braze-ons for racks, panniers, fenders, and disc brakes will be necessary as well as frame geometry that will afford easy maneuverability in traffic and a riding position suited for city riding.
A bicycle designed to carry goods from groceries to building materials. To wit a bike to viably replace a car or a truck.
Structure of the collective
The collective will be a decentralized collective for profit. A place to work full time, or part time, paid or volunteer. Benefits and compensation to be determined by YOU!
The purpose of the structure is to circumvent: the disparate; pay, class/skill structure that develops within a capitalist entity. Capitalism always places financial levels where there are few ruling the work of many while the many that do the work reap the least of the benefits. I reject this model in a society where as humans we all have the same value and basic needs and can collectively create a high level of quality that is; valuable, robust and competitive in any marketplace. A completely egalitarian structure: We all work, we all make the same, we all have the same voice, and we all share in liability of our products and services.
This collective will not be supported nor will it accept donations or goods in exchange for marketing. Logo[ing] or co opting from any organizations that run a foul of our core principals. Our frames are for sale, we are not.
A proposed vision and intent
People, this is an exciting time in cycling and on our planet. Everyday more people are rejecting the current powerless destructive world view and yearn deeply for societal structures that eliminate pollution at all levels; air, water, spirit and mind. I graciously invite your; visions, your ideas and your commitment to a creating a collective that will be a realistic example of commitment and collectivism based on the principals of egalitarianism, cycling for life, car elimination and the generation of sustenance and profit.
I have not one iota of doubt of the possibilities and the favorable outcome of our efforts. It will be hard work, long hours and low pay to begin with. However, we all work very hard now; why not dedicate to something we can put our whole souls behind with manifold benefits that will infuse all with the power to change our world here and now.
Proposed Collective functions
It is proposed that the following goods, services and features be included:
-Frame building workshops
-Frames built by qualified collective members for sale to the public.
-Community outreach to persons in need.
-Community activism regarding cycling issues.
-GLTB community outreach regarding frame building and cycling issues.
-Frame alteration and re-augmentation to meet specific needs. i.e. Commuting, long term loaded bike touring and the alteration of existing frames recreated to haul and carry loads.
A special note regarding issues of: Race, age, nationality, native language, gender and sexual identity: ALL ARE WELCOME TO CELEBRATE A COLLECTIVE VISION THAT INCLUDES ALL IN ATTENDANCE TO PRACTICE; RESPECT, KINDNESS AND COMPASSION FOR EVERY CREATURE ON THIS PLANET.
IT IS PROPOSED THE ENTITY BE INTENTIONALLY RICH IN DIVERSITY AND REPRESENTATIVE OF ALL PEOPLE FROM EVERY CORNER OF THIS PLANET AND EVERY CULTURE IN EXISTENCE.
One last note: If you are fearful of; chaos, disorganization, compromise, consensus, patience, respectful reasoning, egoless coalition building, open mindedness, forgiveness, change, cognitive evolution, freedom, and compassion: LEAVE YOUR FEAR AT THE DOOR AND GET OVER IT, we got work to do!
What to bring: A notebook, your dreams, vision, energy, and something to write with.
Date: Sunday, October 12th
Location: Pablo’s Coffee
630 E 6th Ave
Denver, CO 80203
Any questions may be directed to Gary at burdenistic[at]gmail[dot]com