Patrick Wiest is one of two bike-shop managers at The Kickstand. The Kickstand is where all the donated bicycles at Project ReCycle go to get a new lease on life and then are sent back out into the community to make a difference in a child’s life….
Patrick used to own his own bike shop on Broadway, called All Bicycles. He was a shop manager and mechanic for 40 years. Patrick first came to The Kickstand to volunteer along with his brother. “I showed up one day, fell in love and stayed!” said Patrick. “It was just that easy.”
Kent Urieff had already been working as a bike-shop manager at Project ReCycle when Patrick came on and became his sidekick. Patrick said, “It was hard at first-because Kent would come by and check my bikes, that was his job-to make sure I did everything right. After being a mechanic for 40 years, it was tough! ” But Patrick and Kent are true teammates and work great together!
Patrick loves kids-he’s got three of his own, so teaching the youth volunteers how to fix bikes, “is right up my alley” said Patrick. “I love teaching them the tricks of the trade.” He works at The Kickstand Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. Saturdays are the big volunteer days. “This is fun, people ask me if I work- no this isn’t work.” Patrick definitely has a passion for all things bikes!
When Patrick closed up shop at All Bicycles, he had a lot of stock left over. Patrick has donated a lot of that to Project ReCycle, “as much as I can,” he said. He has been fixing up bikes for a year and a half now at The Kick Stand”. “It’s a lot of fun. I love bikes-I used to ride a lot, now I fix more than I ride, but I love it!”