If you go

What: Community Cycles Flood benefit bike sale for Jamestown

When: Noon to 6 p.m., Saturday, Sunday

Where: 2805 Wilderness Place, Boulder

More info: http://communitycycles.org

Boulder's passion for wheels is being tapped in an effort to help those impacted by the historic storm of September.

Local bike enthusiast and non-profit organization Community Cycles is hosting aflood relief benefit and bike sale from 12 to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday.

Ray Keener, president of Community Cycles, found himself wanting to do something to help flood victims and discovered his inspiration when a serendipitous opportunity arose.

"I found out about a young man and his mother from Jamestown who had been displaced by the flooding," Keener said. "My friend, Holly Wiese, contacted me asking if I could possibly fix up a bike for the young man, who needed a bike for commuting around town."

Wiese, while attending the Interbike International Bicycle Exposition in Las Vegas, placed containers throughout the exposition to collect money for flood relief. She used part of the money collected to cover the cost of fixing a bike and donated it to the young man.

"What better way to spend the money than to get this young man on a bike?" Keener said. "That's when I started to think; I bet there are a lot of people here in Boulder whose bikes got damaged by the floods."

Community Cycles, located at 2805 Wilderness Place in Boulder, collects used bikes and works to turn them into commuting bikes. When presented with the idea of doing a flood benefit, Keener said everyone at Community Cycles jumped at the opportunity to help.

"Our mechanics are working overtime and extra shifts, working on days that the shop is closed to make sure these bikes are ready to go for the event," Keener said. "They were fired up when we came to them with the idea. Everybody wants to do what they can to help."

All bikes in the shop will be on sale, with three dozen $99 bikes available for purchase. Other items such as bike lights, fenders, and helmets will also be on sale.

"We especially felt for the folks in Jamestown and Lyons," executive director of Community Cycles, Rich Points said. "We know a lot of cars were washed out by the flood and with the roads being washed away, we thought bikes would be a good solution to a commuting problem."

Ten percent of all sales made during the weekend will be donated to the flood relief fund Cyclists for Jamestown, which is working to raise $100,000 in assistance for the town of Jamestown.

"You see all this pain and devastation in the community. And a lot of us haven't been able to do a lot, but have wanted to," Keener said.

"This provides an opportunity to help those affected by the flood while simultaneously giving people an opportunity to purchase an affordable bike, which they may have not been able to otherwise."

Community Cycles is still accepting bike donations, with hopes of fixing them up in time for the flood relief event. For information on how to donate your bike, visit http://communitycycles.org/get-involved/donate-old-bikes-and-parts.html.