So his mom, Rollinsville's Danielle Zaitzew, brought him this morning to Community Cycle's annual bike giveaway to look for his next bike — an early present for his birthday that's in a week. They settled on a fast and sturdy Spiderman bike, with Silas giving it a spin through the parking lot at Optibike, 3200 28th St., to check the fit.
“It's a great community event,” Zaitzew said. “Recycling bikes is the best.”
Community Cycles handed out about 300 children's bikes at its seventh annual Kids Holiday Bike Giveaway.
Along with a refurbished bike, each child also got a new helmet courtesy of Boulder Community Hospital.
Community Cycles, a Boulder non-profit that advocates for the safe use of bicycles and educates riders, collects children's bikes throughout the year for the event.
Volunteers spend several weekends getting the bikes in working order, then give each a bike a final safety check before sending it home with a child. Altogether, about 100 volunteers are involved in the event.
“The kids were pretty excited,” said Broomfield's Rob Smith, who served as a mechanic at the event. “I love bikes, and I love getting people on bikes. This helps everybody out.”
Children between the ages of 2 and 10 are eligible for the giveaway. A $25 donation is suggested, but not required. The organization raises money to cover the cost for low-income children.
Along with getting bikes to children in need, Community Cycle' development director Sue Prant said, the program also helps keep used bikes out of the landfill.
“Kids don't use the same size bike for very long,” she said.
“Lots of the kids brings back their bikes to donate when they go up to the next size.”
Anna Wallis, of Boulder, came looking for a bike for her 2-year-old daughter, Ava. She chose a pink and purple bike festooned with sparkly streamers on the handlebars — and no pedals. The goal is to master balance first, then move on to a regular bike.
One of the volunteers recommended the bike for a new rider, then showed her how to adjust the seat in case of a growth spurt.
“It's a fabulous program,” she said. “When she outgrows it, we'll just donate it back.”
Boulder's Hector Garcia found a white-and-pink bike for his 6-year-old daughter.
He said through a translator that he wants his children to ride bikes because of the health benefits, adding that his daughter plans to ride her new bike to the park.
“It's a good program,” he said.