“Why I Ride” Testimonials

Here you will find periodic testimonials from people whom we’ve had the pleasure of helping in their bicycling adventures. We often provide free bikes and training for students and families in need.


Michael Conrad Viray

I remember riding a bike at the age of 4, the neighbor boys taught me using their BMX bikes which didn’t have training wheels. This was both an exhilarating and terrifying experience as I hadn’t been exposed to a bike until that point. I moved to Davis this year as a transfer student from Foothill Community College. I know that Davis is a really big bike campus and I realized that walking everywhere wasn’t really the best/ fastest way to get around. Having biked all throughout the Bay Area, it’s Davis which is the most accommodating towards bike riders and commuters who use alternative modes of transportation. Previously attending UC Santa Cruz before my year at community college, it was impossible to bike with such steep hills and taking the bus was pretty much the only option to get to campus. Now that I’m at a UCD, biking as a mode of transportation is the best way to get around.


With the single geared bike that was donated to me by The Bike Campaign, one of the most exciting things about riding it is the constant pedaling that a fixed gear requires. Previously working and commuting in San Francisco and San Jose, a fixed gear was perfect for my commute as it was lighter and there is more control and maintenance is much simpler. The last fixed gear I had before it was stolen allowed me to keep pushing at speeds up to 15-20 miles an hour while still allowing me perfect control to stop at a moment’s notice. It’s really the cool to feel the wind in your face that feels so good especially after a long day of work.

Jennifer Gordon

Jennifer Ann Gordon

I had a great Valentine’s Day this year, thanks to The Bike Garage. My bicycle, Petals, had been stolen and I wanted to get another not-fancy, tooling-around-town bicycle. (I don’t own a car.) A friend of mine connected me with Maria Contreras Tebbutt, founder of The Bike Garage, a nonprofit based in Woodland with activities throughout Yolo.

When I first arrived at The Bike Garage, my impression was that of a thriving beehive. Volunteers were helping customers with repairs, restoring old bicycles to soundness and safety, and supporting one another with generosity and grace. As I listened to the staff educate customers, their dedication to safety impressed me. I watched people of all ages, shapes, and sizes stop by to ask questions, talk about the rides they’ve been on, or get help with a pedal that wasn’t working.

Maria was there to greet me. She had thoughtfully chosen two bikes she thought might be perfect for me. I took them for test rides. Within a half-hour, I had a “new” Vintage 3-speed made in Austria. It fits me perfectly and rides like a dream. (I’m still deciding on a name—Lulu? Ella? Ruby? Louie? Hmm.) I also came away with a quality lock for my bike for far less than I’d pay retail. And Maria gave me tips and tricks for locking my bicycle up, too.

Hearty and homegrown, TheBike Garage was a happy, hospitable, generous experience from beginning to end…love-in-action, even—love for the environment … love for community … love for Yolo …love for healthy living … and love for cycling.

Ahh, love and bicycles … the perfect combination! Yolo County is fortunate to have The Bike Garage. I heartily recommend supporting it by donating and shopping there.