Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 27

Thread: Bike Co-Op?!

  1. #1
    Senior Member anthonygeo's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    Western kentucky
    My Bikes
    Kickbike, Raleigh M60, Electra Cruiser, Marin Nail Trail, Schwinn Hinge
    Posts
    456
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Bike Co-Op?!

    What are these bike co-ops you guys speak of? I live in a small town, I did google it just curious how its different from a LBS.
    6 Bikes Still Fat

  2. #2
    7-speed doomsday prepper ThermionicScott's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    CID
    My Bikes
    1991 Bianchi Eros, 1964 Armstrong, 1988 Diamondback Ascent, 1988 Bianchi Premio, 1987 Bianchi Sport SX
    Posts
    8,735
    Mentioned
    11 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    LBSes tend to sell, service, and stock parts for the newest and higher-end bikes. Bike co-ops try to keep bikes of all ages running. Different business models, different clientele for the most part.
    Quote Originally Posted by chandltp View Post
    There's no such thing as too far.. just lack of time
    RUSA #7498

  3. #3
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Posts
    99
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    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. 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.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/bicycle_cooperative
    I haven't heard of many in small towns, but medium and larger cities may have them.

  4. #4
    Bicycle Repair Man !!! Sixty Fiver's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    YEG
    My Bikes
    See my sig...
    Posts
    26,343
    Mentioned
    20 Post(s)
    Tagged
    2 Thread(s)
    I am a card carrying member, volunteer, and former board member of our local co-op which is one of the oldest and longest running in North America.

    We currently operate two shops which are fully equipped where members and non members can come and work on their own bicycles and be assisted by a body of well trained volunteers and some professional mechanics.

    Rates for members is $2.00 / hr and non members pay $5.00 / hr - we stock new parts and maintain a stock of used parts that we sell at very competitive rates.

    We are also heavily involved in local advocacy and promotion of cycling as a means of effective personal transportation.

  5. #5
    Senior Member MEversbergII's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2012
    Location
    Lexington Park, Maryland
    My Bikes
    2012 Schwinn Trailway, Early 70's All Pro, Trek 1200
    Posts
    1,053
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    So co-ops are more like open workshops, then? Man, that'd be nice. I wouldn't have to hunt down each tool I need piecemeal...

    M.

  6. #6
    Senior Member anthonygeo's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    Western kentucky
    My Bikes
    Kickbike, Raleigh M60, Electra Cruiser, Marin Nail Trail, Schwinn Hinge
    Posts
    456
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver View Post
    I am a card carrying member, volunteer, and former board member of our local co-op which is one of the oldest and longest running in North America.

    We currently operate two shops which are fully equipped where members and non members can come and work on their own bicycles and be assisted by a body of well trained volunteers and some professional mechanics.

    Rates for members is $2.00 / hr and non members pay $5.00 / hr - we stock new parts and maintain a stock of used parts that we sell at very competitive rates.

    We are also heavily involved in local advocacy and promotion of cycling as a means of effective personal transportation.
    Whoa so neat, we have one LBS so I think something like a co-op would be frowned on.
    6 Bikes Still Fat

  7. #7
    Senior Member WonderMonkey's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Vandalia OH
    My Bikes
    2011 Cannondale Quick 5, 2014 Raleigh Revenio 2.0
    Posts
    2,300
    Mentioned
    4 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Other than just use google are these things usually called something that would make it easy to find one? Is there a co-op website that may list them?

  8. #8
    Bicycle Repair Man !!! Sixty Fiver's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    YEG
    My Bikes
    See my sig...
    Posts
    26,343
    Mentioned
    20 Post(s)
    Tagged
    2 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by anthonygeo View Post
    Whoa so neat, we have one LBS so I think something like a co-op would be frowned on.
    Our local shops support our co-op with donations of parts and consumables and offer discounts to our members.

    The people who come to our shop to have work done are often people who would not be able to afford regular shop rates or are do it yourself types who want to learn.

    Our teaching program is fairly comprehensive and a good number of local mechanics have learned a good deal from these classes and time spent volunteering in the shop which exposes them to a myriad number of bicycles, teaches problem solving skills, and helps develop a good stand side manner.

  9. #9
    Senior Member WonderMonkey's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    Vandalia OH
    My Bikes
    2011 Cannondale Quick 5, 2014 Raleigh Revenio 2.0
    Posts
    2,300
    Mentioned
    4 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by WonderMonkey View Post
    Other than just use google are these things usually called something that would make it easy to find one? Is there a co-op website that may list them?
    I did just find one via google but I'm wondering if there is a community of sorts.

  10. #10
    Senior Member anthonygeo's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    Western kentucky
    My Bikes
    Kickbike, Raleigh M60, Electra Cruiser, Marin Nail Trail, Schwinn Hinge
    Posts
    456
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Bike Co-Op?!

    So people with experience get together and start one? I'd love to get one going in my town!
    6 Bikes Still Fat

  11. #11
    Senior Member timvan_78's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Location
    Vancouver, BC, Canada
    My Bikes
    Trek Fuel EX8, Kona Zing, Norco BushPilot, Stolen Heater BMX, Norco Evolution Tandem
    Posts
    257
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    They also recycle used bicycles/parts. If you are looking for an obscure piece, they have bins of them to sort through. If you find what you are looking for it will be (almost) free. It's not time efficient, but it is cost-effective and fun and educational.

    You will not learn much at the LBS. You will learn a lot at a co-op. IME the mechanics are 'teachers' as much as mechanics.

    Bike co-ops are awesome.*



    *They are not for everybody. It can be hit-or-miss. Sometimes you will spend a bunch of time and get nothing accomplished because they didn't have the right part. Sometimes they are crowded so you will not get much attention from anybody. But that's the risk you take.

  12. #12
    Senior Member anthonygeo's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2012
    Location
    Western kentucky
    My Bikes
    Kickbike, Raleigh M60, Electra Cruiser, Marin Nail Trail, Schwinn Hinge
    Posts
    456
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Bike Co-Op?!

    I'm totally missing out on this, I may search St Louis or Nashville just to check one out.
    6 Bikes Still Fat

  13. #13
    7-speed doomsday prepper ThermionicScott's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    CID
    My Bikes
    1991 Bianchi Eros, 1964 Armstrong, 1988 Diamondback Ascent, 1988 Bianchi Premio, 1987 Bianchi Sport SX
    Posts
    8,735
    Mentioned
    11 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    You guys need to work on your Google-fu: http://www.bikecollectives.org/wiki/...&Itemid=100015
    Quote Originally Posted by chandltp View Post
    There's no such thing as too far.. just lack of time
    RUSA #7498

  14. #14
    7-speed doomsday prepper ThermionicScott's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    CID
    My Bikes
    1991 Bianchi Eros, 1964 Armstrong, 1988 Diamondback Ascent, 1988 Bianchi Premio, 1987 Bianchi Sport SX
    Posts
    8,735
    Mentioned
    11 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by anthonygeo View Post
    Whoa so neat, we have one LBS so I think something like a co-op would be frowned on.
    There is sometimes tension and perceived competition between co-ops and LBSes, but there need not be. They tend to serve different ends of the market, and LBSes should look at co-ops as an investment in their customer base. Get less-fortunate people (and more people in general) on bikes, and they may be able to afford higher-tier stuff someday.
    Quote Originally Posted by chandltp View Post
    There's no such thing as too far.. just lack of time
    RUSA #7498

  15. #15
    Super Moderator no1mad's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    NE OK
    My Bikes
    '06 Kona Smoke
    Posts
    8,026
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by WonderMonkey View Post
    Other than just use google are these things usually called something that would make it easy to find one? Is there a co-op website that may list them?
    Quote Originally Posted by ThermionicScott View Post
    You guys need to work on your Google-fu: http://www.bikecollectives.org/wiki/...&Itemid=100015
    I wonder how that ^^ compares to the resource sticky in LCF? http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...-bike-kitchens
    Quote Originally Posted by Cyril View Post
    Ride what and in what manner pleases you. Those that mind don't matter, and those that matter don't mind. srsly.
    Community guidelines

  16. #16
    7-speed doomsday prepper ThermionicScott's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2011
    Location
    CID
    My Bikes
    1991 Bianchi Eros, 1964 Armstrong, 1988 Diamondback Ascent, 1988 Bianchi Premio, 1987 Bianchi Sport SX
    Posts
    8,735
    Mentioned
    11 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by no1mad View Post
    I wonder how that ^^ compares to the resource sticky in LCF? http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...-bike-kitchens
    Oh cool. I don't wander into LCF very often, but more info is always good.
    Quote Originally Posted by chandltp View Post
    There's no such thing as too far.. just lack of time
    RUSA #7498

  17. #17
    coprolite fietsbob's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    NW,Oregon Coast
    My Bikes
    7
    Posts
    2,404
    Mentioned
    41 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Its Democratic-Socialism for bicycle users . Mutual Self Help.

  18. #18
    Bicycle Repair Man !!! Sixty Fiver's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    YEG
    My Bikes
    See my sig...
    Posts
    26,343
    Mentioned
    20 Post(s)
    Tagged
    2 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
    Its Democratic-Socialism for bicycle users . Mutual Self Help.
    What I found strange was that the bike capital of the U.S. really does not have a bicycle co-op and that many other cooperatives were employee based, which is not a bad thing at all.

  19. #19
    Senior Member crandress's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Location
    Bellevue, WA
    My Bikes
    Mercian Vincitore, Bridgestone MB3, Specialized Globe "comfort bike"
    Posts
    217
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    A list of co-ops. Been meaning to visit the two in Seattle, but have not as yet...

    http://communitycycles.org/links/bike-collectives.html
    Chris
    http://futurecyclist.blogspot.com/

  20. #20
    Senior Member SpeshulEd's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Location
    Peoria, AZ
    Posts
    3,471
    Mentioned
    7 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
    Its Democratic-Socialism for bicycle users . Mutual Self Help.
    Damn commies! I bet Obama is responsible.
    Hey guys, lets go play bikes!

    Strava

  21. #21
    Insane Bicycle Mechanic Jeff Wills's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2008
    Location
    other Vancouver
    Posts
    6,911
    Mentioned
    22 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Sixty Fiver View Post
    What I found strange was that the bike capital of the U.S. really does not have a bicycle co-op and that many other cooperatives were employee based, which is not a bad thing at all.
    You mean Portland?
    http://www.communitycyclingcenter.org/
    http://www.citybikes.coop/

    Both buy/sell used parts, loan tools, and teach basic bicycle mechanics.
    Jeff Wills

    All my bikes.

  22. #22
    Bicycle Repair Man !!! Sixty Fiver's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    YEG
    My Bikes
    See my sig...
    Posts
    26,343
    Mentioned
    20 Post(s)
    Tagged
    2 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff Wills View Post
    You mean Portland?
    http://www.communitycyclingcenter.org/
    http://www.citybikes.coop/

    Both buy/sell used parts, loan tools, and teach basic bicycle mechanics.
    It is a little different from the co-ops I am familiar with... City Bikes is a worker owned co-operative and the C.C.C. also operates much like a regular shop that does fee based repairs although they also run a lot of great community programs. I have volunteered at the C.C.C. and with Wrench Raiders in Portland which is a group that serves needy cyclists in the downtown core.

  23. #23
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    Potashville
    My Bikes
    Reynolds 531P road bike, Rocky Mountain Metropolis, Rocky Mountain Sherpa 10, Look 566
    Posts
    1,080
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    When we moved three years ago we donated a huge amount of bike bits, including a frame someone had given me, to a bike co-op in our former city. It's amazing how much stuff cyclists tend to accumulate over the decades. It's a great way to clean out your garage/basement/spare room if you tend to hoard bike stuff.

  24. #24
    Senior Member jowilson's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Location
    Mesa, AZ
    My Bikes
    1992 Trek 800 Antelope, 1971 Triumph
    Posts
    561
    Mentioned
    1 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I am a proud volunteer at a bike co-op here in Phoenix, AZ. Bike Saviours is the name; I'm pretty sure it's on some of the lists posted earlier. We have all the tools needed to do anything to a bike. We have a large stock of used parts, and we have a stock of new/"fancy" parts. We stock new tubes, chains, spokes, and more. We charge less for used parts, so someone can build a bike (from the frame up) for ~100 dollars including a new chain and tubes. I love it there. I've built and bought two bikes up from nothing but the frame for ~ 80$ each.
    The sun'll come out tomorrow.

  25. #25
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2012
    Posts
    132
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Just a question on the business model. I understand they charge for the time spent using their tools. As for the parts that you need, do members get discounts? Are there any kind of parts that you can't find or unlikely to find at co-ops?

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •