Thursday, November 19, 2009

Break In at The Shop

Monday night someone rolled up behind the Shop kicked in our air conditioning unit and rolled out with some important Items. I f anyone has any ideas about who would commit such a sick and seditious act please let us know. Here is what were missing.
Black Specialized Hardrock MTB
Purple used Specialized HArdrock MTB
About 2 Dozen assorted wrenches
Acetylene Tarch
Red Trek Road bike
and a few other items

Again if anyone has some clues we'd appreciate a heads up.

Thursday, November 12, 2009


Thanks to the efforts of our latest Zombie Bikes volunteer Albie the shop is cleaner and more organized than ever. With this rejuvenation were making a few changes. First off were trying to get things a little tighter so were cutting back on days so that we can be sure that we can be there when we say we will. So our new hours will be 1-5 saturdays and sunday. Next we need more volunteers so that we can be openon more days again. We are looking for anyone who digs bikes and is willing to come out and help others with their bikes. If your interested come in during our hours and we will show you how it's done. Oh yeah thank you to everyone that voted for us as Folio weeklys best bike shop.

Friday, May 29, 2009

New Zombie Hours

So, We have had a history of having somewhat irregular hours. We recently had a meeting to clear this up, so here you go. Hope to see you soon. Also, if anyone wants to come down and learn some bike maintenance you can come during shop hours and shadow one of our mechanics.

Tue 1-5
Wed 1-4:15
Thurs 1-4:15
Sat 1-5
Sun 1-5

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Bury Your Bike 2

So, we pulled it off. Bury Your Bike 2 was a blast and we want to thank everyone for participating.

For those who didn't get a chance to make it out here is a quick rundown.

Friday was a great start, we had an awesome turn out for the Critical mass. Cruising through Downtown and into Riverside, claiming the five points light and the rest of Jax. From Riverside we rolled over to the Spiral where the forty foot beer bong and Talk Sick Earth awaited. After an amazing hour of rocking out and a few games of foot down the procession ended at Shantytown for an epic Bike Pile and bands, bands, bands.

Saturday is when things really got rolling six pack attack, zombie hunt, Bangarang. When the sun went down things got crazy. For everyone that Hopped onto a tall bike for jousting, Your the Shit. Some got bloody most got hurt everyone had fun, then we danced through the night to the likes of Heavy Flow, and Biking Viking.

Sunday closed out with a few rounds of Polo and some BBQ over at Shanty.

This was a blast for us up at Zombie we hope everyone that made it had as much fun as we did. IF you missed it don't worry we will be back next next year and before then there will be many fun gatherings.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

In case you still haven't heard..

Bury Your Bike II is coming up fast!! As in two weekends!!

also, there's two good bike forums up and running that art jacksonville centric.

One has only recently been started by a couple of UNF kids. Their purpose is to network with other bikers in the area, and to get some good rides and maybe in and out of town events happening. I think this is great as we know all too well that kids on bikes get bad reps. Especially, by people who are quick to label every person on a fixed gear a hipster or some kind of elitist. This can be rather infuriating, when really how does it matter? People. are. biking. How can you hate on somebody who is out there getting exercising and doing something that they love? How does it affect you if one person wants to nail down a trick while another wants to build the biggest fucking tall bike of all time?

Sorry, anyways props to people out there trying to network in this city where its so easy to criticize, check out the forum at

the other forum is located at and is a bit more broader in scope but still very Jacksonville pumped

Thursday, April 2, 2009


alright big things coming up this weekend/week for the bike and community lover in you

first off, here's that flyer I promised you ----->

second, this Saturday marks the start of the Riverside Arts Market. With the beginning of this weekly cultural amazingness, BikeJax will be hosting a bike valet service, check out what he's got planned here.

Then, Sunday we're going to have a litte bar-b-que for all of us who weren't able to attend Slaugterama this year (which by the way, wish good times on the kids that are reppin' us in Richmond this weekend). But come out Sunday afternoon from 2o'clock and on we'll be cooking some delic food and playing bike polo.

If you can't make it Sunday for polo, we'll be having our second beginner night Tuesday startin' at 7.

And then--oh my so many events this week--we'll be having a movie night Wednesday featuring the Triplets of Belleville. Movie starts at 8:30, come earlier for an open workshop 6:30 to movie time.


Sunday, March 29, 2009

new blog + bury your bike flyers

quick, shameless self-advertising,
but I'm starting another blog that is not zombie-centric where I can talk about other things happening the commuity, that blog is

I will of course still obviously keep this updated,
but updated with Zombie-related events

which, by the way, digital bury your bike flyers will be online early next week you can pick up a physical copy at the BBB warehouse 1520 N Main Street

Friday, March 27, 2009


Alright folks, Zombie Bikes' second Bury Your Bike weekend is planned and ready to go. Date is set for May 1, 2 and 3rd of 09. This weekend is going to be complete with tall bike relay, whiplash, polo tourny, tandem relay, zombie hunt, sunday sixer, scavenger hunt, reach arounds, free beer, free food, live music, all weekend long, 40 foot beer bong...

all enthusiasts welcome!!

check out below links for pics and articles from last years inaugural weekend and get psyched.

I'll have a flyer updated soon, until then add us on the myspace at

Monday, March 23, 2009

ameateur polo night-- tomorrow at seven at zombie

wednesday night
open workshop 6-8
movie begins at 8:30
this week
night of the living dead

get psyched.

Friday, March 13, 2009

here's the lowdown..

this upcoming Sunday is

and then next saturday teh 21st is

Thursday, March 5, 2009

So Busy

Phew, I'm not sure about any of you, but this spring has been and is continuing to be crazy busy. This upcoming weekend Zombie Bikes will have a booth at the Harvest of Hope fest hosted by a couple of the crew, so be sure to stop by w/ any quick repairs, sweet workshops or just to share a good conversation between sets. We might have some of the Zombie Zines up there, so be on the lookout.

Otherwise, if you haven't been up to shop recently, you might not have noticed a bigger, better volunteer base. Shoutouts to Corey, Willie, Bobby, KeShawn and Jeff. Thank-you for bringing so much more to the Zombie Co-op.

upcoming March dates:
March 11 = workshop/movie night
March 15 = Women's Ride (st. patrick themed)
March 18 = workshop/movie night
March 21 = SUPER FUN FEST (email, also there might be a myspace soon)

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Guerrilla Show! Pictures!

Tonight there's going to be a guerrilla acoustic show at riverwalk's ampitheatre. At 8pm meet us under the 95 bridge where the river walk starts in riverside to hear some amazing melodies from acoustic acts: Helios EYE, John Coleman, Jeff Roach, Zeke and Joe Gaskin.

Also don't forget about tomorrow's workshop and movie night.

and then click here for some pictures of Sunday Funday

and here's a sweet group pic a la feb fifteen's women's ride

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Upcoming Events

tomorrow (sunday feb 22) come out to zombie and get ready for some polo-playing, zine reading, beer drinking, bike fixing fun

the shop will be open all day (1 to late) for people to come in and use the tools or get a little guided repair. polo games will begin probably at around 2 and will continue until whenever. if you've never played its time to begin!

also this wednesday will be the shop movie night, we'll be seeing the movie rad, a sweet 80s bmx movie. for film synopsis go here -->

or just watch the trailer

and next month get ready for an awesome time with super fun fest '09

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Zombie Zines

Zombie Zines now has its own blog and myspace at

Monday, February 16, 2009


Sunday was the third women's ride, and quite possibly the best. We spent an hour cruising around avondale and riverside, and with such beautiful weather how could we not have a blast?? I'm not sure of our number this time, 20+/- (which included a group of amazing, supportive guys), but with such a mass we took over the main lane and while jacksonville has not, as of yet, been able to sustain a Critical Mass bike ride on a regular basis, I dare say we might have made an entrance. There was plenty of waving by pedestrians and other bikers as we became traffic.

I also want to take a chance to mention a semi-big event that is coming up pretty fast. For those unaware, I'm afraid there won't be a tangerine fest. With phillip the main driving force behind such an amazing event, no one has been able to quite step forward and fill the shoes he left behind.

HOWEVER, there will be a fest. Not quite a tangerine fest, but a community gathering none the less. March 21st will be the unveiling of the new Super Fun Fest. Super Fun Fest is an idea from a wide array of kids and will involve a bunch of people getting together and throwing everything we got into a bunch of free fun. There will be a Supercat Alleycat and there will also be a ton of workshops and free food, art and games.

So far in the works..
3v3 soccer tourney
baby plant giveaway
free t'shirt printing
(we make the screens, you bring the shirt and print yourself a beauty)
painting and chalk art
pinata making and breaking
bike maintenance workshop/set up
and hopefully a lot more, we need emails with ideas and anything YOU would want to see or learn or play

and then there are two other parts of this fest that we need a bunch of support and aide with
the really really free market
what this means, is that on your way to the park March 21st, grab a little box of things in your house that you don't need or use anymore. Maybe its a couple books, that blazer you never really fit into or a blender that you used back when you were on some smoothie diet. Whatever. You bring these extra things and we'll have booths set up where you can deposit what you don't need, and then peruse the other booths for things you might need. A huge swap of sorts! A lot of fun, and something everyone can get involve in!

we want a LOT of free food. We're talking a banquet. So if you've ever wanted to do food not bombs or cook with a bunch of people.. hit. us. up. We'll be raising money for cooking necessities with a couple bake sales at UNF, and then try to hit up hardcore for donated food.

While a couple Zombie people will be involved, the vast majority of planners are not zombie related, but still bike lovers. So please if you have any questions or comments email the group at We really look forward to having fun and meeting more awesome people.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Women's Ride III

Come Ride Bikes! Make New Friends! Have Fun!

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Kid Workshops, LLC/Funds and 2/11 Workshop

As you might of heard from over at BikeJax and JaxScene, the Zombie Kids workshop went over really well at the downtown public library. Check out killer pics here (thanks Jenny!). While we may not be able to make it a monthly thing, we will be working on kids-friendly afternon workshops during the week at Zombie. Tentative day for this will be Tuesday, but give us a week for complete confirmation on that. Also, we had one of the adults come up to us afterwards and mentioned a boy scout troop coming by. This is an excellent idea! If anyone who reads this is friendly with local boy and girl scout groups (particularly Springfield-centric ones), please get them in contact with us!

For awhile Zombie Bikes has operated under the business liscenses of BBB's record shop and Quick Release Messenging. However, now that we've been doing more workshops and public events, its high time that we register under our own name. We'll be sending in our paperwork as an LLC the first of next week. Unfortunately, this is a little more than we predicted (125-155+), and will consume most of our savings. Sooooo if you have a bike in need of repair, we REALLY want you to come in soon! OR we are also interested in mirroring a certain SOPO fundraiser. We build you, or an interested business you know of, a home-made, Zombie Bikes original, welded-to-perfection bike rack. Not only will we do the welding, but also the installing for a mere $150+/- (we'll do more supply investigation). So tell me, where do YOU want to see a bike rack??

Finally, upcoming events:
Zombie Zines will be making an appearance at First Friday, tomorrow evening, in front of SteamWorks.

The next workshop/movie night is this upcoming Wednesday. We'll be showing the movie Breaking Away, a coming-of-age film about a cycling-obsessed teen and his trials and tribulations with life after graduation.

Sunday, 15th will be the next Women's Ride, and will get a bigger post closer to the date.. but mark your calendars now!

Wednesday, January 28, 2009


This past weekend SoPo of Atlanta hosted the very first southeast Bike!Bike! SoPo estimates about 65 people came this past weekend, representing 22 community bike repair shops and projects. And of course, yours truely made sure the 904 got repped.

Bike!Bike! is about workshops, it's about meeting people and networking, it's about sharing and disseminating different methods of doing things and the thoughts behind them. Perhaps the most beautiful thing was seeing how each of us are interacting within our own community, how we grasp the idea that different cities have different local needs, and how we all act to connect, understand and meet those needs. I realized just how much Zombie Bikes is very different than other bicycle co-ops, and yet still slightly the same. There are things we are doing well, and things we need to work on.

A big flaw at Zombie is the way we take in bikes. Often bikes taken in for repair aren't adequetly marked as to what needs to be fixed. There are some reasons for this, sometimes its not a specific Zombie volunteer who takes in the bike, sometimes we think we might get to it the day it comes in, sometimes we're just lazy, etc. There was some awesome paperwork available at the conference we hope might guide us in this organizational arena. Other times, when a person brings in a bike for repair we are sometimes too quick to just fix it, instead of aiding the person to pick up a wrench and fix it themselves. Perhaps we need to re-look at the way we present Zombie.

Another shortcoming we have compared to a number of co-ops is our focus on youth inclusion, particularily the neighborhood youth. New Orleans' RUBARB co-op is doing amazing things with the children in their area, and were able to give us a great youth packet. While our shop might never be young kid-friendly, there's no reason we can't push for high school youth days one or two afternoons a week. Joe's excited about this and has already organized our group for a library trip this weekend. But maybe we should also start talking about ways to talk with Springfield-centric public schools about promoting bikes, and talking to more neighborhood kids.

There's more to comment on, but this is going to be a two-parter.

until then, we hope to see you tonight at our workshop/movie extravaganza

hugs and kisses

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Wednesday Workshop and Movie Greatness

ahhhhh so don't forget, tomorrow will be the second January bicycle workshop. It will be an open workshop and there should be at least three Zombie volunteers, we're hoping for five, facilitating your every bike questions. We want these workshops to help you to become more familiar with bicycle mechanics and to give a tangible pathway for wannabe volunteers to become actual volunteers.

the workshop will last from 5:30-7:30, come early or come late, just come.

The movie will begin at 8:30, and because it's so nice out we will be showing this one on the Zombie's outside wall. This week's pick is Bomb It!, a global graffiti documentary showcasing not only different artists but the evolution of different styles.

Lastly, I will be posting a recap on Atlanta's Bike! Bike! weekend, as soon as I have some semblance of coherent thought.


Tuesday, January 20, 2009

happy post-mlk day!

Sorry about the procrastination, but I finally have some Women's Ride II pictures up here. Again, huge thanks to everyone who supported and/or came out! The next ride will most likely be Feb. 15th, but may change depending on a certain out of town trip.

I'm afraid this weekend might be kind of dead at Zombie Bikes. Joe and Cherri will be heading out to Bike! Bike! in Atlanta (this event brings together bike co-op members around the southeast and provides think-tanks and workshops galore). Brandon's going to Gainesville to interview with a certain bike builder, so wish him the best of luck!
However, Bert ought to be at the shop Sunday afternoon, so if you do find yourself in the need of a little Zombie affection stop by then! Also, we have a new regular volunteer, Mark, who'll be doing Wednesdays and some Saturday afternoons, and a somewhat-new, semi-regular volunteer, Davey.

PS An early reminder, but next Wednesday, JAN 28th will be the next workshop/movie date!
workshop will be 5:30-7:30
and movie begins at 8:30, this scheduled one being Bomb It!, a film about graffiti and the history of street art.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Week Recap and Midnight Mass Anniversary

We've had a great turnout this past week at our various events, and we owe some thanks. A huge thank-you to everyone who came out to Sunday afternoon's Women's Ride, including those who came just to see us off in support. We had a group of 28/30 women, sporting everything from tricked out cruisers to road bikes. At first I thought the rain might affect our turnout, but after drinks at Starlight, the clouds cleared for a great day. We did a quick stop at La Nop, followed by rides through downtown and back to riverside. As soon as someone posts up their pics, I'll repost here! Thanks again everyone!

Wednesday's workshop and movie night was also a great success. It was refreshing to see a lot of new faces, coming out despite the cold, proving there is a want for such options. For those who missed out, no worries we think this will become a staple Zombie event. A huge thanks to everyone who has mentioned our happenings in their blogs, including Jack, BikeJax, Tom P., Biggie Tea and Urban Jacksonville.

Tonight celebrates Midnight Mass' four year anniversary. For of those of you who aren't in the know, midnight mass is an urban bike ride that was started on a whim and has grown to become a weekly hang out bike ride. The meet up is Thursday nights at midnight at the Cummer Museum and involves stops at various local bars. In celebration of the rides' fourth year, we're going to have a shindig at Springfield's Shantytown Pub. Local psychobilly band (that never plays enough), Devil Runs the Truckstop, will be performing at 8pm along with elevated hip hop experience. Afterwards there'll be a ride out to the Cummer for the midnight ride. If you think you're not quite ready to brave a bike ride in tonight's freeze, come out to the earlier party at Shantytown and share drinks and music.


Thursday, January 8, 2009

Workshops! Movies! Bike RIdes!

First off, I hope everyone who reads this had a chance to go to January's art walk. The skate demo and skateboard art was absolutely amazing, and it was inspiring to see so much potential in this city. And for those of you who would like to see a more permanent urban skate arena check out the Skateplaza of Springfield. This is something I think really needs to happen, last night proved there are people interested and that we just need to see some better outlets.

But back to bikes,

there will be two open workshops this month,
Wednesday, January 14th 5:30- 7:30
and again
Wednesday, January 28th 5:30- 7:30

this will become a regular thing, and topics to cover will be a whole mess of bike maintenance necessities; from the intro of replacing a tube to that messy business of derailers and truing wheels.

now, this isn't too say that individuals aren't more than welcome to come in for one-on-one guided repairs. Joe in particular is a fan of these, and his personal schedule is looking like tuesday and thursdays 1-6, but call/email to confirm. and remember, we are a co-op meaning donations or the willingness to swap volunteer time or wanted materials is a crux to how we work.

On both Jan. 14th and Jan. 28th, after the workshops will be movie nights!! I hope you haven't forgotten! These are free all the time for the awesomness of sharing good fun and meeting new people. Movies begin at 8:30, and for the 14th we've got BMX Bandits.. for the 28th we've got Bomb It!

more stuff:

a lazy, winding ride full of awesome people, some sweet music, drinks and debauchery

new zines have come in, and the library will be officially opened tomorrow late afternoon (like 5). I'm working on getting a myspace up for it, but in the mean time give Cherri a call at 904.307.2451 if you have any questions or are interested in selling/promoting/buying a zine (also often I tend to screen calls from unknown numbers, please please leave a message so I know you're a really important person to call back).

and finally, the ZBBC gang has had its first official meeting for the second Bury Your Bike weekend extravaganza. Things to look forward to will be zombie chases and scavenger hunts, sunday sixers and pbr, polo and pool hopping, bands and dj's, plenty of free food and just plain fun. Tentative dates are either April 24-26 or May 1-3. Plan accordingly.

hugs and kisses,
the ZBBC