Franklinton Cycle Works has given the hard-hit neighborhood west of Downtown a place to fix its bikes and learn how to ride them safely. Jonathan Youngman, a driving force behind the growing co-op, talked about bikes, beer and building something bigger than himself.

Franklinton Cycle Works has given the hard-hit neighborhood west of Downtown a place to fix its bikes and learn how to ride them safely. Jonathan Youngman, a driving force behind the growing co-op, talked about bikes, beer and building something bigger than himself.

I moved to Columbus for a sense of community. I wanted to be close to friends and to live in a neighborhood where there's opportunities to get involved and be creative. I wanted to be part of something that was developing. In Boston, everything had already been done like three times.

A bout three years ago, I moved into Franklinton. It wasn't with the intention of opening a bike shop. It was with the intention of doing homesteading things like gardening. We set up a shop in our basement to work on our own bikes, but then quickly realized that the kids in the neighborhood were riding around on bikes without brakes.

A lot of my sense of freedom and just joy comes from riding bikes when I was a kid. Less than a quarter-mile from my house, you can get onto the bike path. When I was really young, my dad and I would take bike rides. My friends and I would take bike rides.

The desire with the co-op has just been to fill the void. There's no bike shop here in Franklinton. And the bike shop that Franklinton needs, as we understand it, is one that can provide services basically for free.

For me, a good measure of success is always how people get involved. If it's just something that I'm doing, then it's probably pretty self-serving. If it's something that other people get excited about and make their own, that's when it feels like it's bigger than myself.

When we get time to chill out, my friends and I definitely enjoy trying different craft beers around Columbus, especially IPAs. We enjoy watching movies like Harry Potter and reading the books. We like watching sports. It seems like there's always some finals series on. We play "Settlers of Catan." It's this nerdy board game - it's awesome, though.

Three things I can't live without are the city, a daily sense of family and friends, and a sense of development and creation.

I think I'd be miserable without sports, Harry Potter and beer.