Part of our internship program involves each intern writing a weekly blog about a particular topic they’ve learned or discovered. Today, Drew Gowan, interning with us this summer from Hanover College, has tackled the blog:

So many of you may have seen pictures of our bikes set up with kids on them riding. But what is the process of actually setting up the bikes? I gave a bit of a glimpse to this in my last blog post, “A Day in the Life of an Intern.” But in this post I am going to go a bit more in depth.

When we first arrive at the site we unload everything from the trailer (8 bikes, TV/cart, and the trainers).

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We split up what everyone does, so usually someone will take the trainers inside and start setting them up in a semi-circle around the TV while the someone else brings in all of the bikes.

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Then we set the bikes in the trainers and tighten them up so they are nice and sturdy so the kids won’t fall over when they are riding.

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After all of the bikes are set up in the trainers we connect the trainers to the computer and put all of the number tags on the handlebars of the bikes.

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After all of this is done and we have the program up and running on the TV screen, we spin the back tire of all the bikes to make sure that they are well connected and working on the screen.

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And that’s it! We are all set up and ready for the kids to start riding!