Bicycle club’s newest ride going fast

(Left to right) Fargo Police Field Services Captain Dave Todd, South Bike Club President Breanne Schlenk, Lieutenant Joe Anderson, and Sergeant Kevin Volrath.

Students in South High School’s Bicycle Club have put together a custom ride to bring some exposure (and some additional funding) to their club.

Members, in cooperation with students in the school’s Skills USA program, have completely overhauled a TREK Antelope mountain bike into a one-of-its-kind custom “Blue Thunder” replica police mountain bike.

The bike project, which began in January to help the upstart club’s students learn bike maintenance skills, is being auctioned off to raise funds for both the club and the Skills USA program.  Students stripped it bare to the steel frame, where Skills USA student Brady Johnson sandblasted it and put on an automotive paint finish.

Auto Trim Design & Glass, which has donated time and supplies to the Blue Thunder SRO police car, scaled down the car’s decals and applied them to the bicycle.  Students then rebuilt the bike’s components, using both reconditioned original parts and new ones.

Silent bidding on the bicycle closes Friday, May 20 at noon during the Fargo South Auto Show, where the winner will be announced at 12:15 p.m.  Those interested can email bids to Club Advisor Chris Potter.  Bid updates are posted daily on the club’s Facebook page, “Blue Thunder Bike Auction.”  (As of last night, the current bid was $300.)

The bike can be viewed until Friday morning in the Bruin Den school store, after which it will be on display in the Auto Show.

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