Volunteer Spotlight: Nick Conti

By Randi Orth, Volunteer & Outreach Manager

I’m a pretty big fan of Nick. As a Tuesday Drop-In Night regular (and a perennial enthusiast of friendly debate on a wide range of intriguing topics), he’s a stand out. Nick is one of a few people that I’ve met who can wear new clothes while refurbishing used bikes and leave without a speck of grease on him. That’s a big feat! And better yet, he stands alone as the most preoccupied Holiday Bike Drive Mechanic certification hopeful of 2013, waiting multiple weeks before sending in his final product for certification review (psst! It would have been passable after the first week , Nick!).

With a desire to absorb stories and opinions, Nick keeps us all thinking about how we use language and why were motivated to do things that we do outside of the bike shop. If you have a chance to work alongside Nick in 2014, you won’t regret it!

Thanks, Nick, for your passion for the simple machine that is the bike, and congratulations on finally joining our certified Holiday Bike Drive mechanic crew.

To learn more about Nick, read about what he has to say about his time with us in his volunteer spotlight.

Why do you volunteer here? How did you start?

I believe it is one of the best organizations to support. People forget the value of bikes goes beyond recreation and fun transportation. They’re also a vehicle for independence and self empowerment. They have the capacity to lessen our environmental impact, address the obesity epidemic, and provide an inexpensive form of transportation.

Community Cycling Center’s Tuesday volunteer night is an awesome way to spread the power of cycling, learn more about bikes, and meet great people from all walks of life.

2013 Holiday Bike DriveWhat sort of volunteer work do you do?

Currently that’s it.

What is your most memorable moment in your time volunteering with us?

The humbling experience of working with a 16-year-old and realizing how much I could learn from him.

What is your favorite Community Cycling Center program? Why?

Holiday Bike Drive, power to the little people.

What is your dream bike?

Still figuring that out. I haven’t experimented enough.

What do you like to do when you’re not here?

Go on walks with friends.

What would your bio-pic be called?  Who would play you?

Just for ridiculous fun: Contrizzle, E-40 in the lead role.

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