Of A Bike & Builder
Wondering what a day in the life of a Bike & Build volunteer looks like? You should be prepared for lots of pedaling, of course, and lots of hammering, too. But it’s not all bike rides and build days—you’ll also take part in a chore group, team dinners, and lots of exploration along the way. Here’s an idea of what a typical day might look like.
Rise & Shine
We’re up early. Pack your bag and get it to the support van/trailer. Eat a heaping breakfast, usually provided by your host. Leave the host site cleaner than you found it.
Pump your tires, do a safety check on your bike. The day’s van driver leads our daily route meeting: places to see, people to meet, and the affordable housing landscape in our next host town.
B&B is not a race. You’ll take your time each day, riding with different people in small groups (generally no more than 3-4). Enjoy farmland, prairie, and more than a few mountains.
See & Do All The Things
On the road, you may stop for coffee and chat with local community members about the affordable housing cause. Grab a photo at the next state line sign. Take the obligatory B&B hay bale picture.
The van finds a lunch spot about halfway along the route (usually around noon). Leftovers, cheap generic carbs, and the occasional donated sugar rush. Know it, love it.
See & Do All The Things (Part II)
There are plenty more places to see, whether it’s rural America, the cradle of innovation, or incredible natural phenomena. Regardless of where we are, ice cream, impromptu swims, and taking in gorgeous scenery are inevitable.
Arrive At Host
Around 4pm, we arrive at our community host. Bike & Build wouldn’t be possible without the generosity of our hosts. To reduce costs, we stay with churches, community centers, schools… any organization that gives us a floor to sleep on. We’ll unpack the trailer and shower (it’s a special, albeit rare, privilege to wash via the hose).
Dinner & Presentation
That host generosity? It extends to dinner as well. You won’t go hungry on B&B. We’ll have dinner around 6pm. Riders also give a presentation to the community on the affordable housing cause.
Explore The Town
Some hosts request a bike clinic for their “future B&Bers.” We’ll also do occasional meetings to discuss parts of the affordable housing curriculum that all riders complete. When that’s done, some riders hit the town. Every community has unique offerings for riders who want to experience all that America has to offer.
Curfew is 11 PM before ride days, 1 AM before builds. Get ready, a new day awaits.