Pinkbike's Share The Ride Brings Bikes to Kids in Comox, BC

Mar 2, 2021
by Stephen Exley  
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Teaming up with our sponsors and distributors globally, Pinkbike's Share the Ride raises money to bring disadvantaged children from all over the world the opportunity to share the joy of being on two wheels by providing them with bicycles, helmets and locks. Since its inception in 2013, the foundation has raised over $200,000 and brought smiles to hundreds of children around the world. Information on the Share the Ride foundation can be found at https://www.pinkbike.com/sharetheride/,

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It almost feels surreal now that it’s over. What took nearly a year of planning was over and done in less than four hours! Of course I am referring to the Pinkbike Share the Ride in the Comox Valley on January 19, 2020. This event was the first of its kind here on the island, and to say it was a success is seriously downplaying it!

Rewind to spring of 2019 when I reached out to Stephen Exley to help get the funding for the event. Something like this had never been done in the valley, but after spending time in the community coaching (I was newly transplanted from Squamish) it became clear that the love of cycling was very alive here, and the need for a program like this was apparent.

All photos by Brett Kroeker Photography Comox event by Rebecca Stewart
And thats why we do it, folks.

Fast forward to Summer 2019. After coming to terms with the fact we would not receive the funding, Pinkbike came through! It only made sense to host the event in conjunction with the Stevie Smith Memorial Cup held on Mount Washington on September 15. We had the funds, a deadline, and now we just needed the recipients.

I’m not sure if you’ve ever tried to get in touch with teachers in the middle of the summer. I’ll tell you now, it’s nearly impossible! That’s where Kathy Segriff from Arden Elementary came in. When I first approached her regarding the Share the Ride event, she thought it was a dream come true. Right away she was nearly in tears thinking of all the children that would benefit from a new bike, either due to behavioural/physical needs or their family situation. I tasked her with building a “wish list” of children. She did not disappoint! When Kathy emailed me her final list, she prefixed the email with “I know this is a bit of a dream list of 14 kids,” but I set out to deliver!

I had the funds, I had the kids now all I needed was help! I immediately reached out to my friends at Comox Bike Company who were on board before I could even finish explaining what the program was. With Stephen’s help, we reached out to my sponsor, Specialized Canada. With the funds Pinkbike graciously gave us, we made that hefty bike wish list into a reality. Unfortunately, our timeline didn’t match up with the DH race at Mount Washington. It started to feel like my mission was slipping through my fingers. But I didn’t give up.
All photos by Brett Kroeker Photography Comox event by Rebecca Stewart

With the help of my amazing partners, Comox Bike Company and Gravity MTB, as well as the efforts of Kathy Segriff and Arden Elementary, we set a new date and carried on full steam ahead. Our eyes were set on January 19, 2020. Nearly a year after I first approached Pinkbike! Jared Walker of OGC came through with 14 brand new helmets. Gravity MTB donated coaching lessons to all the kids. Brett Kroeker was on board for photos and pulled Scott Bell out of the woodwork for video. We had everything and everyone we needed to make this event happen.

bigquotesShare the Ride is a great event. It gets kids on bikes and that is what it is all about. I am trying to continue with what my son, Steve Smith, started. His goal was to get kids on bikes and give them guidance they needed. He would have been 'full of stoke' for Pinkbike and all the volunteers that are putting smiles onto the kids' faces and dreams into their reality!Tianna Smith

All photos by Brett Kroeker Photography Comox event by Rebecca Stewart
Memories of a legend on display

Fast forward again to Sunday, January 19th. After a record snowfall and snowfall warning had us concerned we might have to postpone, again, we arrived at Arden Elementary and prepared ourselves to make dreams come true. 14 students entered the gymnasium accompanied by their families and the overwhelming glee was infectious. Students gasped and cried tears of joy as they found the bike with their name on it. Their eyes widened as they cried “mom, dad, look” while checking out their gift bags filled with swag!

All photos by Brett Kroeker Photography Comox event by Rebecca Stewart
It always means more when you build it yourself.

Each student worked with Comox Bike Co to set up their bikes and install their water bottle cages. Volunteers helped fit their brand new helmets generously donated by Giro Cycling. Tianna Smith share stories of Stevie Smith and helped spark the passion in all the young riders. To help maintain the momentum of this new found love, Gravity MTB donated a personalized coaching session for all students! We made dreams come true! And all the hugs and thank you letters reminded me exactly why I started on this path almost a year ago!

bigquotesWe are so proud to have been part of the Share the Ride program. Rebecca's organization combined with the generosity of Pinkbike, Specialized Canada, Kathy Segriff and the staff at Arden Elementary, along with so many local businesses and community members made it an incredible day. The emotion and stoke from the kids, and their families, makes an event like this so memorable and truly worthwhile..Craig Harris, Co-Owner Comox Bike Co

All photos by Brett Kroeker Photography Comox event by Rebecca Stewart
The team that made it all happen, lead by Rebecca Nicol

All photos by Brett Kroeker Photography Comox event by Rebecca Stewart
Tianna Smith, doing what she does: inspiring kids and carrying on Stevie's legacy

All photos by Brett Kroeker Photography Comox event by Rebecca Stewart
Not sure who's having more fun; the kids or the adults?

All photos by Brett Kroeker Photography Comox event by Rebecca Stewart
The next generation of local shredders

All photos by Brett Kroeker Photography Comox event by Rebecca Stewart
Fresh Spesh for a stoked rider

All photos by Brett Kroeker Photography Comox event by Rebecca Stewart
Itching to get after it
All photos by Brett Kroeker Photography Comox event by Rebecca Stewart

All photos by Brett Kroeker Photography Comox event by Rebecca Stewart
Everyone wishes they looked this cool on a bike

All photos by Brett Kroeker Photography Comox event by Rebecca Stewart

All photos by Brett Kroeker Photography Comox event by Rebecca Stewart
We would like to acknowledge that the land on which we gather is the traditional territory of the K’ómoks First Nation.

All photos by Brett Kroeker Photography Comox event by Rebecca Stewart
Chad and CJ Hendren, Owners of Gravity MTB

All photos by Brett Kroeker Photography Comox event by Rebecca Stewart
Just a whole stack of fun

All photos by Brett Kroeker Photography Comox event by Rebecca Stewart
The boys from Comox Bike Co taking in the joy that they helped create

Interested in hosting a Share the Ride event in your community? We are always happy to hear from you - please let us know more about yourself HERE

A very special thank you to the everyone for working together to make this event a success:

Rebecca Nicol - Specialized Ambassador
Stephen Exley - Dunbar Summer Series
Sarah Lukas - Pinkbike
Specialized Bicycles Canada
Nicholas Russell - Specialized Canada
Comox Bike Co. - Craig Harris | Craig Patrick | Chip Murray
Gravity MTB - Chad and CJ Hendren
Jared Walker - Giro Sports
Brett Kroeker Photography
Scott Bella Visuals
Tianna Smith
Kathy Segriff and all the staff at Arden Elementary
Ryders Pizza


Along with all the Pinkbike users who donated to Share the Ride Foundation

Video: Scott Bell
https://www.scottbellvisuals.com/
insta: @scottbellvisuals

Photos: Brett Kroeker
www.brettkroeker.com
Insta: @brett_kroeker

www.comoxbikeco.com
Insta: @comoxbikeco

www.gravitymtb.ca
Insta: @gravitymtb.ca

Rebecca Nicol
www.spreadthestoke.ca
insta: @tennesse_whiskeee


36 Comments

  • 42 0
 Very cool! What a great way to pull a community together! Congrats to all that made it happen!
  • 1 0
 Thank you so much!!!
  • 35 0
 Thank you Pinkbike - now lets do it again!!
  • 16 0
 Heck Yaaaaaaaaassssssss! More kids on bikes in 2021!!!
  • 18 2
 Came to post a snarky comment....got suckered into watching the video....reminiscing of 35 years ago when I got my first bike...now I'm sitting in my office at work wondering if Manopause is a real thing? "Why am I so emotional?"
Good job everyone involved.
  • 11 0
 DANG, i'm not tearing up, you are!
  • 6 0
 Amazing to make them start young, considering the fact that biking can teach you and give you so much more than just a ride...
  • 6 0
 Deeply appreciate seeing things like this, BIG THUMBS UP to Pinkbike and everyone involved!! Gives a little more faith in humanity
  • 6 0
 The guys at Comox Bike Co are all class acts. This is awesome and it does not surprise me at all that they would so something like this for the community. Way to go guys!
  • 6 0
 A very positive, uplifting article and videos. Thanks for sharing this story. Really really enjoyed it!
  • 5 0
 So well done everyone! And those are quality bikes so they can be passed down to other lucky kids when they are outgrown.
  • 5 0
 Got me all emotional!!! We need more of this
  • 2 0
 I have to admit that this is really cool. but for some reason, part of me is sooooo jealous. All I can do is try to turn that jealousy into well happiness that others will have a chance to ride really cool bikes.
  • 2 0
 Best PB article ever. Not much is better than seeing a bunch of kids loose their minds over getting a new bike. Props to all who made it happen.
  • 1 0
 Thank you so much! Stay tuned for more!
  • 2 0
 More companies need to do this. Im more like to support your brand because you hook up kids with helmets and bikes over hooking up YouTubers.
  • 1 0
 Hats off to all involved. Bikes teach some of the greatest skills life has to offer.
Is there anything like this in Australia?
  • 3 0
 Good stuff!
  • 2 0
 Long live chainsaw. Mrs Smith is awesome!
  • 1 0
 I'm not crying, you're crying. More kids on bikes is always a great thing. Nice work by all involved.
  • 1 0
 This article and the photos have me overwhelmed with joy. Thank you for the wonderful work y'all do.
  • 2 0
 That's just awesome!
  • 2 0
 Excellent !
  • 2 0
 This is class!
  • 1 0
 Congrats to all involved. A very worthy cause.
  • 1 0
 This rocks! Thanks to all involved!
  • 1 0
 Good to see the ol hometown getting some PB love
  • 1 0
 Great stuff! Keep up the amazing work!!
  • 2 0
 Good work, Sexley.
  • 1 0
 Well done Comox Bike Co., Pink Bike, and supporting sponsors.
  • 1 0
 Thank you!! It was a very long year but I made it happen!
  • 1 0
 Great story! Way to go Comox Bike Company!
  • 1 0
 Brilliant work
  • 1 0
 More of this! Fantastic.
  • 1 3
 So, ah, why did no one have masks?
  • 4 0
 Because this was in January of 2020......BEFORE Covid hit. But you would know that if you read my article.

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