Kids on Bikes has a new advocate in its mission to empower and bring joy to children through a love of bikes.
Colorado Springs cyclist David Nice will embark on a 2,500-mile journey in October to raise money for the local nonprofit — all on a fixed-gear bicycle and all in 20 days or less. Fixed-gear bicycles, often called fixies, operate with only one gear and no ability to coast, making the journey a pretty amazing feat considering the variety of terrain Nice will encounter.
But if anyone is up for the challenge, it's Nice. In 2012, he completed a 2,800-mile off-road ride along the Continental Divide in 33 days, also on a fixed-gear bicycle.
"I've been on several big, long adventures and it really felt like it was time to leverage that to raise some money and support a good cause," says Nice, who is affectionately known in the community as "Fixie Dave."
His charity ride will begin in Chicago and follow Route 66 to the Santa Monica pier in California. He hopes to raise $15,000 for Kids on Bikes before and during his ride this fall.
He'll cover all of his costs on the journey and will travel as inexpensively as possible, which means staying at campsites, sleeping in motels or maybe even sleeping under the stars on the side of the road for a night or two. The October travel dates may make the beginning of the ride a bit brisk, but it will certainly be helpful once he hits Arizona and California.
Nice is enthusiastic about supporting Kids on Bikes, which works to foster healthful, active lifestyles in kids by getting them into cycling and encouraging them to keep it going into adulthood.
"I am really passionate about bikes and I love how Kids on Bikes inspires a passion for being outside and a sense of independence in kids," Nice says.
Kids on Bikes has been working hard to promote cycling in the community by sponsoring weekly rides for families in the warmer months, helping kids in need get bikes of their own, remodeling the newly named PopCycle Bridge in north Monument Valley Park and opening a downtown community cycling center.
Through his own unique contribution, Nice is optimistic he'll help the nonprofit further its mission for kids.
Anyone interested in following or supporting Fixie Dave's latest adventure can find him on Facebook (/FixieDave) or his Flipcause funding page, bit.do/fixiedave.