Best Place to Meet an Unrepentant Bicycle Crusader
San Francisco Bay Guardian August 3, 2005
With the greasy hands of a mechanic and the flashing eyes of a prophet, Victor Veysey emerges from his crowded lair to bring bikes to the masses. Veysey leads a crew of disciples who are on a quest to overhaul derelict bikes and sell them at bargain prices, giving a whole new meaning to the term “recycling.” His store, the Bike Hut, offers San Francisco’s best deals on used bikes. Most of the Bike Hut’s reconditioned rides go for between $100 and $200, with some as cheap as $40. The Bike Hut also offers great deals on repairs and maintenance, teaches bike repair to young apprentices, and donates bikes to organizations like the Hunters Point Boys and Girls Club. Motivating all of these activities is a missionary zeal about getting people out of cars and onto bikes. “We love people who ride their bikes,” Veysey says. Thanks to a recent grant from the city’s of environment department, Veysey has been able to reorganize the Bike Hut as a nonprofit, and will build a less weather-sensitive building at the same location. “This is a critical time for us, so if you feel like volunteering or making a tax-deductible contribution, that would really help,” Veysey says.
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