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  • Feb 14 / 2018
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OPEN HOURS ANNOUNCED

Key City Bike has relocated to our new space at 204 E Vine St, Mankato, MN.

As we transition to managing a much larger space, we will be open with limited hours and services – starting February 21st, 2018.

The Grand Opening is scheduled for May 12th, 2018. At that time, we will have full service and additional open days and hours.

Sunday – CLOSED

Monday – WTF Night 5:30-8:30PM An evening dedicated to creating a welcoming space just for women, trans and gender non-conforming friends to introduce the empowering realm of bike mechanics.  If you do not identify as women/trans/femme/non-binary/two-spirited, we ask you do not attend this event. 

Monday – Build Night 8:30-10:30PM Build night is for repair of our retail bikes. You must be 21+ with bike repair experience to attend this event.

Tuesday – Earn-a-Bike Night 5:30-8:30PM If you are earning a bike through our Earn-a-Bike program, this is the evening you may accumulate credit for the program. This evening is for Earn-a-Bike participants only.

Wednesday – OPEN SHOP 5:30-8:30PM  Come one, come all!

Thursday – CLOSED

Friday – CLOSED

Saturday – OPEN SHOP 2:00-6:00PM Come one, come all!

  • Feb 02 / 2018
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KCB Does VELOtine’s Day!

Key City Bike will be celebrating Valentine’s Day by offering our bike space as a pop-up courier agency dedicated to spreading love, appreciation and community spirit by bike!

From now until Monday, February 12th at 6pm, you can order a VELOtine by following this link or by stopping into the shop located at 204 E Vine St on Wednesday, Feb. 7th between 6pm-9pm.

 

 

How it works:
1. Submit your message
2. Recipients name
3. Delivery Location

On February 14th, our crew of bike couriers will deliver your note with a smile.

The message you send your sweetheart, friend, business, or nonprofit organization should be written by you.  We will have the message typewritten by Mankato writer and typewriter enthusiast, Allen Tesch on linen paper and delivered by one of our bike love couriers with a chocolate rose.

Thanks go out to Allen Tesch for generously donating his time and talent for this event.  Visit his website: www.allentesch.com or find him on Instagram

Bike delivery must be within 5 miles of downtown Mankato. Minimum suggested donation of $10 per VELOtine.

Ideas for notes for those of you who aren’t quick with a pen –
I wheelie like you, will you be my Velotine?
Roses are Red, Violets are Blue, let’s take a ride on a bicycle built for two.
With this note, comes one free bike ride with yours truly (redeemable in warm weather, of course)
I’m head over handlebars for you.
You really turn my crank. Will you be my Valentine?
You’re the center of my wheel.

  • Jan 04 / 2018
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Mankato Area Foundation Grant awarded to Key City Bike

A $5000 grant has been awarded by the Mankato Area Foundation to Key City Bike for Board Governance Training and Strategic Planning.

“We are honored to be selected as grant recipients by the Mankato Area Foundation. We expect this project to make a huge impact on our leadership team and our community.  We are proud of our accomplishments over the last year, and we can only imagine the impact we will have once we are equipped with the training and knowledge that we will be gaining through this grant funding.” Acacia Wytaske, Executive Director

Learn more about the Mankato Area Foundation and read the press release here: MAF Announces Grant Recipients.

 

  • Dec 20 / 2017
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KCB Executive Director accepts 2018 QBP Women’s Bike Mechanic Scholarship

We are thrilled to announce our Executive Director, Acacia Wytaske, has been selected as one of the recipients for the 2018 Quality Bicycle Products (QBP) Women’s Bike Mechanic Scholarship!

Acacia will be attending a 2 week long Professional Repair and Shop Operations class in Ashland, Oregon at United Bicycle Institute (UBI). Learn more about this scholarship and the other recipients at this link: QBP Women’s Bike Mechanic Scholarship.

Huge thank you to QBP, UBI and the 2018 sponsors for recognizing the dedication of our Executive Director and investing in our community!

  • Oct 11 / 2017
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Cranksgiving Mankato 2017

Key City Bike is hosting Mankato’s first CRANKSGIVING!

Cranksgiving is a food drive on two wheels. It’s part bike ride, part food drive, and part scavenger hunt. The 2017 Cranksgiving ride will take place on Saturday, November 18th.
 
Try something new for your giving this year! Grab your friends and family and join us for a fun and challenging November bicycle ride around Mankato! This isn’t your average stroll around town… you’ll be collecting food from various grocery stores to benefit the FOCP BackPack Food Program while competing to win some cool prizes!
 
All food donations collected will go to the Backpack Food Program through Feeding Our Communities Partners (FOCP). FOCP is a nonprofit organization focused on ending local hunger, specifically through, the BackPack Food Program which serves over 900 area elementary students within Blue Earth County on weekends and school breaks.
 
DATE & TIME: Saturday, November 18th, 2017.
3PM Registration, 3:45PM Manifest Distribution, 4PM Ride starts, 7PM celebration
 
DIFFICULTY: This is an event for all skill levels. You will be bicycle commuting throughout Greater Mankato a distance between 5-15 miles (you’ll choose your route when manifests are distributed).
 
TIPS: Bring your bike, a bag, a bike lock, $10-$20 to spend on food, lights (and a helmet would be good). You will be riding to various grocery stores throughout Greater Mankato to buy items specified on the manifest.
 
LOCATION: Meet up is at Key City Bike’s NEW locaton, 204 E Vine St. Mankato, MN 56001
 
Thank you to our Sponsors:
Midtown Tavern
JP Fitness MN
ARTifact- Paint Your Own Pottery-
Nicollet Bike Shop
Bent River Outfitter
Vagabond Village

 

  • Aug 11 / 2017
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KCB Tank Tops for Sale

Tank tops commemorating our current space and to raise funds for our new space are now available for sale.  The tank tops are Bella+Canvas in Dark Grey Heather made of 52% combed and ringspun cotton, 48% polyester. Unisex sizing in size S-XXL. On sale for $20 each. Purchase at the shop or online through our donation button and specify size, quantity and pickup/shipping preference. $5 for shipping. TankTop Click here to purchase.

Graphic Designer & KCB Volunteer, Mackenzie Keithley, created a digital image of our Key City Bike shop wall. kcbwalllogo

The wall was designed and painted by Look At This Project in 2015.

 

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  • Jul 28 / 2017
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moondogs

Key City Bike is hanging out at the Mankato Moondogs game on August 6th to raise money and awareness for our mission to Recycle. Reclaim. Empower.

It’s super easy to show your support while cheering on the Moondogs, just use code: KCBIKE when purchasing your tickets for the August 6th Mankato Moondogs game and $3 of each general admission or $5 of each VIP/Dog Pound Ticket will benefit Key City Bike!

Everyone that rides their bicycle to the game will receive a free Key City Bike water bottle.

Dog Pound ticket holders will have a chance to win a new bike from Nicollet Bike Shop.

Key City Bike merchandise will be for sale and there will be fun events throughout the game to give you more chances to support the misison of Key City Bike.

This event is presented by Thrivent Financial.

To purchase tickets follow the link below. After you have added your seats to the shopping cart, enter KCBIKE in the Coupon/Promo Code box located in the lower left of your shopping cart screen:

http://mankato-moondogs.northwoodsleague.tv/SingleGame/Tickets/SelectSeats/3660?isExchange=false.

 

  • Jun 21 / 2017
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What better way to celebrate the summer solstice than a bike overnight campout?  We’ve signed up as part of the World-wide Swift Campout: https://builtbyswift.com/swiftcampout/

Join us for a 35+ mile bike ride with camping at Sakatah State Park. We’ll be taking bike trails, gravel & paved roads. Bring your camp gear and your own food/water. We’ll be cruising at an easy pace with drink stops along the way.  (35+ miles each way/per day)

Follow this link for the FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE

Follow this link for the BLACKRIVER APP ROUTE

  • May 11 / 2017
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WheelWorks VI – Bike Inspired Art Exhibition and Fundraiser

WheelWorks VI Poster

WheelWorks VI

 

PRE-EXHIBITION

May 12-18th
Tandem Bagels 200 E.Walnut Mankato, Mn -The artist submissions will be on display at local sponsor, TANDEM BAGELS (200 E WALNUT ST, Mankato, Mn) the week prior to the main event and fundraiser.

WHEELWORKS VI: BIKE ART EXHIBITION SALE and SILENT AUCTION FUNDRAISER
May 19th———7pm-Midnight
Mankato Eagles Club #269 708 N. Riverfront Dr. Mankato, Mn

ALL AGES: FREE

7-8pm——-FREE BEER TASTING by Artisan Beer Company

8-10pm—–ART SALE & SILENT AUCTION -All money raised through silent auction proceeds supports Key City Bike’s mission and educational programs.

8-Midnight——STORYTELLING AND MUSIC

8-9pm  BEN WEAVER
MN musician, songwriter, poet, environmental resource advocate and bicycle traveler, Ben Weaver, will be biking to Mankato to perform his stewardship based STORYTELLING AND MUSICAL inspirations from his travels on bicycle with his instruments around Lake Superior and beyond.

-Read more about BEN WEAVER at (www.benweaver.net) and about his support of the CAMPAIGN to SAVE THE BOUNDARY WATERS at (www.thecurrent.org/feature/2016/04/01/a-musical-adventure-in-the-boundary-waters)

9:30-Midnight BEE BALM FIELDS
Mankato area and Key City Bike friends Bee Balm Fields closing up the night’s festivities with some great local music.

-Listen and follow Bee Balm Fields at www.facebook.com/beebalmfields

This event is a part of Mankato’s MAY BIKE-WALK MONTH

-View area events at www.katobikewalk.org and the calendar of events at www.katobikewalk.com/uploads/4/0/2/1/40216749/2017_may_calendar_2017.04.21.pdf

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