Bicycle cooperative

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Assisted-service bicycle repair at the Sopo Bicycle Cooperative in Atlanta, Georgia.

A bicycle cooperative ("bike co-op"), bicycle kitchen, bicycle collective, or community bike shop[1] is a bicycle repair shop, that is usually organized as a volunteer cooperative.[citation needed]

Bike co-ops assist individuals in need of bike repair and maintenance. They often sell new and used bike parts as well as refurbished bikes, and offer formal bike repair and bike assembly classes.[citation needed]. Visitors can learn repair skills both for breakdowns on the road and for home repairs. Staff and instructors are normally volunteers.

Costs to users[edit]

Shop time[edit]

Some bike co-ops charge users a set fee of between US$5 and US$20 per hour for "shop time," which is the use of their space and tools. They tend to waive the fees for low-income users. Bike Pirates in Toronto is one example of a co-op which uses a pay what you want strategy. They request that each user make a donation.[2]

Parts[edit]

The cost of new or used parts is usually added to the shop fee, but is typically substantially below retail prices[citation needed]. Some workshops stock new items such as brake pads, inner tubes, and bearings.

Parts may be sourced from public donations. Children's bikes are often donated when they are outgrown, and abandoned bikes are sometimes obtained from police stations, street cleaning firms, or from large institutions such as schools and universities.

Locations[edit]

Bike cooperatives can now be found worldwide. The Bike Collective Network wiki includes a list of hundreds of co-ops scattered throughout a few dozen countries.[3] The list is sorted by country and by province or state.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.bikecollectives.org/wiki/index.php?title=Community_Bicycle_Organizations
  2. ^ "Frequently asked questions » How much does it cost to fix my bike at Bike Pirates?". Toronto, Canada: Bike Pirates Bicycle Club. Retrieved 15 January 2013. How much does it cost to fix my bike at Bike Pirates? That depends on you. [...] 
  3. ^ "Community Bicycle Organizations". Bike Collective Network wiki. Retrieved 15 January 2013. 

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