Jim Yurek (center), owner of The Bike Lab in Plum, with family and friend volunteers, from left, Nancy Mizak, Bert Rizzo, Phil Tack and Andrew Slaugenhaupt with bicycles bought by the Plum School District for use by high school students. Plum High School students have new bicycles to ride in physical education classes that will also be used for a new cycling club.
The district recently bought 38 Giant Talon 2 mountain bikes from The Bike Lab, a bicycle shop in Plum . The total cost was $20,345, money for which was included in the district’s budget, assistant Principal Adam Szarmach said.
Jim Yurek, owner of The Bike Lab, said he became a vendor through Costars , the state’s cooperative buying program, in order to sell the bikes to the school district “at a significant discount.”
The bikes Plum bought include four sizes, from extra-small through large.
“I wanted to do this for the kids,” said Yurek, a coach with the National Interscholastic Cycling Association and an assistant director and head coach with the Pittsburgh East Composite Mountain Bike Team .
Szarmach said administrators want to provide more lifetime fitness opportunities for students.
“With cycling becoming more popular, competitive and accessible throughout the area, we wanted to provide our students the opportunity to learn while also engaging in activities they could enjoy later in life,” he said.All high school students will have a chance to use the bikes, Szarmach said. Students in ninth and 10th grades will use them through the physical education curriculum.A course […]