In 12 hours we went from nugget-of-an-idea to sourced-and-paid-for-replacement in Operation “Please Ryan Don’t Race Your ‘Cross Bike in the Remaining Crits This Season.”
The GoFundMe page didn’t hit the goal of $1200 for a complete bike - we didn’t need it. Let me explain.
Overnight the page collected nearly $500 from some very generous friends and some people who only know Ryan via his “internet presence.” By 9am two anonymous angels stepped forward. One of them offered to buy Ryan a Cannondale crash replacement frame. The other offered a brand new pair of Zipp 30 wheels. I wanted to surprise Ryan with this, but I also didn’t want more money than we could work with, so I called Ryan to find out what the cost would be to replace the other broken parts on the bike - the shifter, wiring harness, and crankset. The amount came to almost exactly what had been donated.
Ryan, after hearing what had happened over night and during the morning, replied “Ewwwww… emotions.” That’s a pretty heartfelt response for a guy who plays as much with Mine Craft as Ryan.
By lunchtime the crash replacement frame was paid for and ordered, the wheelset was in shipment, and the money was in Ryan’s account. If the stars align Ryan will have his resurrected PalBike (get it - Pals, getting him his Bike?) in action at the ENGVT Concord Crit on Saturday (get registered, suckas!).
Thanks to everyone who supported this effort, specifically:
Ryan Hubbs, Charles Fowler, Peter Bell, Colin Reuter, Todd Rowell, Steve Hopengarten, Jason Fowler, Landen Wark-Acebo, Alex Cox, Austin Roach, Joel Eckman, Deb Amundo, Carlos Danger, Russ Campbell, Nick Czerula, Mike Hoover, and our two Anonymous Angels.
[Photo credit Russ Campbell]