We are proud to be working with Mosaic Cycles and Joe Anderson to auction off this Mosaic MS-1 650b bicycle to benefit The National Inclusion Project, who is bridging the gap that exists between young people with disabilities and the world around them. This beautiful handmade bike will be on the auction block until Sunday, March 23rd at 7pm MT. Swing by the the Mosaic Cycles booth at NAHBS to see this work of art in person or visit dev2.theproscloset.com to view the auction and place your bid!
Words by Joe Anderson:
In the spring of 2013 during one of my visits to see Aaron and Kevin at Mosaic Cycles we came up with the idea to put together a charity bike for NAHBS 2014. At the same time my wife and I began to notice that our two year old son James was trailing behind his peers. James had always been behind the typical developmental milestones schedule but with the guidance of an early intervention therapist we decided to have him screened for Autism.
James diagnosis was not a shock to us, but it did bring out some significant emotions and questions. I kept thinking to myself will this change the opportunities my son has to the extracurricular activities I enjoyed as a child? I became an emotional wreck thinking that if James wanted to play soccer or be in the school play there might not be an opportunity for him due to his differences.
Now three and a half James has made fantastic strides thanks to his preschool, physical therapy, ABA therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy. We are very proud of our hard working little guy. At this point we do not know if he is going to want to play baseball, join he boy scouts, or go to summer camp. Frankly we don’t care what activities he chooses we just want there to be a place for him in whatever he decides to do.
A few months back when we revisited the idea of a charity bike I mentioned it would mean a lot to me if we picked a beneficiary that focused on children with Autism and other disabilities. The National Inclusion Project stood out as the logical choice. Founded in 2003 the National Inclusion Project was formed with the mission of working and supporting groups across the country that open doors for ALL children to learn, live, and play together.
The bicycle will be auctioned on eBay by The Pro’s Closet with 100% of the proceeds going to The National Inclusion Project. Those wishing to donate whatever dollar amount to recognize the efforts of Mosaic Cycles please go to… https://www.inclusionproject.org/donate/
Enter “Mosaic” in the Special Event box
I am truly grateful to the companies who have donated product and time for this worthy cause. Everyone I asked for help immediately answered with an enthusiastic yes followed by what do you need.
The following people and companies need to be thanked for making this all come together.
Aaron Barcheck and Kevin Batchelor of Mosaic Cycles for hand crafting and finishing the bicycle frame
Dustin Brady of Shimano U.S.A. for providing the parts kit and the wheels
Mark Jordan of Fox Racing for providing the fork
Jarrad Lokes , Pete Lopinto, and Nick Martin of The Pro’s Closet for running the charity auction
Brett Hahn of Continental Bicycle Tire for providing the tires
Amanda Schaper of Crank Brother for providing cock pit parts and pedals
Nat Ross of Lizard Skins for providing the grips
Last and certainly not least Adam Bookwalter and my former employer fi’zi:k for providing the saddle, seatpost, and stem.
For more information about the bicycle or to get involved please contact Joe Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org or (970)333-1469