Our Guy in Kuwait
John Gunterman working at Sandy Spokes Bicycle Repair in Ali Al Salem, Kuwait, summer 2006.
Howdy fellow patrollers.
My service to our Country has found me recalled to Active Duty for a
Problem is, there are many, many, MANY bicycle shaped objects(are
I am in dire need of :
If anybody has any contacts or pull with the folks at Park Tools
In March I received the email below on the National Mountain Bike Patrol group email. John Gunterman moved from New Hampshire to Memphis late in 2005. He was the patrol coordinator for the NH chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association. Not long after arriving in Memphis John was called back to active duty for a year in Kuwait. He shipped his bike over for personal recreation and found himself the bike repair guy on the base. John appealed for help in meeting these needs and I decided MSTA should step in to help John.
MSTA appealed to our partner bicycle shops for donations or discounts to help supply John. Hal at Peddler Bike Shop responded with a box containing tubes, patch kits, lube and wrenches. These supplies were shipped to John and received on April 19, 2006.
I sent John's remaining tool needs list to Park Tools again asking for a discount or donation. Park tools responded with a very simple message:
Park Tools Donation Arrives in Kuwait
I am happy to report that Park Tools came through for us in a big way!
Included in thier care package was:
Since recieving these tools I have been able to repair and adjust over 30 previously unusable bicycles to "safe" operational condition. Given the limited resources I doubt I can ever hope to attain "optimum" condition, but "safe" is a worthy goal.
For now, I'm working in front of my Pod out of an old fishing tackle box.
Along with MSTA, Peddler Bike Shop and Park Tools will receive a Certificate of Appreciation as shown below.
Below are the details of how this effort started.
John is safely back home now.