Assisted-service bicycle repair at the Sopo Bicycle Cooperative in Atlanta, Georgia.
A bicycle cooperative ("bike coop"), bicycle co-operative ("bike co-op"), bike kitchen, or community bike shop is a non-profit assisted-service bicycle repair shop. Ordinary people bring in bicycles needing repair or maintenance; volunteers teach them how to do the required steps.[clarification needed — see talk] The users learn repair skills which are useful both for breakdowns on the road and for at-home repairs. Co-ops also sell new and used bike parts. In addition, they may provide other services, such as selling refurbished bikes and offering formal group bike-repair classes.
Some bike co-ops charge a fee — between US$5 and US$15 per hour — for the use of their space, tools, and assistance. They usually waive the fee for low-income users. Other co-ops simply request that users pay what they can. The cost of new or used parts is normally extra.
Some early bike co-ops started out on the west coast of the US. An early self-help bicycle workshop was the Fahrrad.Selbsthilfe.Werkstatt founded in 1983 in the WUK, a formerly squatted factory in Vienna, Austria.
Bike co-ops can now be found worldwide. The Bike Collective Network wiki includes a list of hundreds of co-ops scattered throughout a few dozen countries. The list is sorted by country and by province/state.