The core of our program is our free, do-it-yourself workshop space. During Open Shop we offer tools, work space, and repair coaching to our visitors to help them maintain access to safe, affordable, sustainable transportation by bike. But do-it-yourself doesn’t mean you have to do it alone: our staff and volunteer mechanics are there to put the right tools in your hands and guide you through any repair. We have many used parts available at little to no cost and new parts for sale to complete just about any repair. We offer these services for free, but donations from those who can afford it are appreciated and go a long way towards sustaining our efforts.
We make our Open Shop services available to youth at certain times, which are listed on our calendar page. Unaccompanied youth visitors must have a signed parent or guardian permission slip in order enter the shop, use any tools, or volunteer. We may not be able to assist unaccompanied minors or accomodate youth volunteers outside of our listed Youth Shop hours.
Fixing up and selling donated bicycles is one of our biggest sources of funding. We have a variety of used bicycles for sale, the proceeds from which go right back into our free educational Open Shop programming. Our refurbished bikes are fixed up by our staff and volunteer mechanics and are generally sold at fair market value.
Work Trade opportunities are available for our more resource-scarce patrons who may not otherwise be able to afford a bicycle. Work Trade participants may earn up to $50 in credit by volunteering in the shop for $10 in credit per hour. This credit can be used towards any of our used bicycles, parts or accessories. Combined with the free repair coaching and access to tools we provide, a fine bike can be had for little or no cost with just a little work. Work Trade participants must first come in to fill out a Work Trade agreement and timesheet, and may not be able to complete or redeem all Work Trade hours same-day.
We offer professional repair services to those who are uninterested in working on their own bike. Our labor rate is $40/hour and our minimum is $10, which does not include the cost of parts. All proceeds from our repair services go right back into our free educational open shop program. While some minor repairs, such as replacing an inner tube or a quick brake adjustment can be performed same day, we have very limited staff and volunteer resources and we always prioritize assisting patrons who are working on their own bikes during Open Shop hours, so there is generally a one to two week turnaround for tune-ups and more involved repairs.
We accept bicycle donations in any condition. Some we refurbish to sell at market value to sustain our programming and some we provide to resource-scarce patrons through work-trade or sales. Others we may have to send to the scrap-yard for recycling, but any and all bikes we receive are diverted from landfills.
Permanent Outdoor Pump and Workstand:
We have a tire pump and workstand outfitted with basic tools outside our workshop that is available for anyone to use when the shop is closed.