Q: What can I expect from a DIY community bike shop like Boston Square?
A: Our mission is to empower others to learn how to repair their own bikes. We will help you fix anything on your any bike. We have all the tools you need and the parts to get it done. But the wrench is turned by you. We are a hands-off group. We will walk you through everything you need to know to get it done.
Q: What do I need to do to use the shop?
A: Sign-in on the computer (we have a waiver we’d like you to agree to) and get to work. There are NO fees daily, annually or otherwise. Just pay for parts.
Q: How much room do you have to work?
A: We have 4 stations inside the shop and 1 that we bring outside on lovely days.
Q: What if I don’t know how to fix my bike?
A: That’s what we’re here for. We will show you the tools, and talk to you about what you want to fix and how much money you have to do the repairs. We work with any knowledge level and any budget.
Q: How much does it cost to repair a bike?
A: Check our parts price list for current rates. We carry many used parts as well as new. We’ll work hard get you out the door as cheaply as possible.
Q: What if I really really really really don’t want to do the work myself?
A: Ok, if you feel that strongly about it our rate is $40/hr. But please don’t let lack of experience deter you. We have all the tools you’ll need, the used or new part to replace, and the knowledge to show you what needs to be done.
Q: Do you sell bikes? What about trade-ins?
A: We accept donations of all kinds then we refurbish the bikes and sell them to the community at very affordable prices. Unfortunately we do not accept trade-ins nor do we do lay-away.
Q: Are there any age requirements?
A: If you’re under 18 we need to have a signed parent/guardian permission form on record. If you’re 14 and under need to be accompanied by an adult/guardian.
Q: I don’t normally feel comfortable in regular bike shops. Will yours be different?
A: We hope so. We are working to develop a safer space. We welcome all and will work with all. This is not a “bro shop”. Though we have come to consensus on the radio. No promises.
Q: What’s your relationship to Oakdale Neighbors?
A: We are a program of Oakdale Neighbors. We are working on community development and education through bikes.
Boston Square Community Bikes is working to be a safer space. The bike shop is DIY and free to use, and FREE FOR ALL. Just pay for parts. Oh, and PLEASE be safe. If you have ANY questions we will help you work through it. Enjoy!
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