Bike shop set to break ground |

Bike shop set to break ground

With a $1.4 million anonymous donation earmarked for the project, Seven Hills Middle School’s Bicycle Recycle program is wheeling forward on construction for a bigger, better bike repair shop.

Groundbreaking is set for April 3, the first day of spring break, when students are off school and water and electricity can be piped to the new site at the back of campus.

Construction is scheduled to be finished by early summer.

Bicycle Recycle is an elective class and after school program where middle schoolers learn to fix and refurbish old, donated bikes.

Plans by Davis-based architect firm Hibser Yamauchi call for a building twice the size of the current shop, with exposed rafters and a floor mimicking an industrial workshop. The construction contract was awarded to Grass Valley-based Sierra Foothills Construction Company.

As with most school building projects, it had to go through the California State Architect’s office, where projects sometimes get backlogged.

“They’ve approved the plan and it looks like we’re on schedule,” said Seven Hills Principal Joe Limov.

Two portables have been cleared away to make room for the workshop, and students are currently testing out a prototype of the stainless steel workbenches

that will fill the shop.

“It’s going to be gorgeous once it’s done,” Bicycle Recycle teacher Steve Davis said of the benches, which will provide tool storage and sit-down workspace for 16 students at any given time.

Students get real-life practice when they repair bikes from homeless residents at Sacramento Loaves and Fishes each spring. This year, they will hold a bike repair clinic on campus May 15, the day before the Amgen Tour of California race kicks off in Nevada City.

And the old bike shop? It’s not going to waste. The Seven Hills band plans to move in when the bike classes move out.

To contact Staff Writer Michelle Rindels, e-mail or call (530) 477-4247.

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