How do they work, and how did they get started? I would love to get one started here...KC
Drop me a line at chris "at" sacbikekitchen.org . It can be a rather involved process but I'll do what I can to help.
I'm not one for fawning over bicycles, but I do believe that our bikes communicate with us, and what this bike is saying is, "You're an idiot." BikeSnobNYC
If you're on a college campus, try to get it started as a student group. Small grants for seed money + free space + ready population of customers/volunteers + old bikes cut off of racks = easiest possible situation for a bike co-op.
"I don't buy new frames, it just encourages them."
i'm not sure how the one here got started, but i don't think it'd be hard for me to find out.
have:ea50 flats, black, light, stiff.
144 bcd 3/32" 49t sugino track chainring, possibly 75.
want: risers, light, stiff, 1", black if that can be
144 bcd 46t or 47t chainring any kind or width
get rid of the myspace.com part.Originally Posted by SugarPILL
thanks man, I dont know why It did that in the first placeOriginally Posted by babychris
Originally Posted by Josh Frank
"myspace.com/bikery" works as well.Originally Posted by babychris
Yep. Read the think tank archives on that site and join the mailing list, there's lots of good information there.Originally Posted by dammitgravity
Co-ops have been co-opted!
anyway, in Tallahassee, Krank it Up started from a few kids that took over a warehouse space previously occupied by Organic engines and the owner of that shop donated a lot of tools. Since then, a lot of kids have worked to expand it by making runs to junkyards to find decent bikes that have been chucked and donations are taken to put towards the shop. Most of the people that stop in already have a bike that needs work and we have the tools.
It isn't quite sustainble though because the rent is covered mostly by a few people that live in loft spaces above the shop.
We have a pretty good shop running here in Worcester. Lots of community participation, friendly people, and tons of bikes! We do okay for ourselves... between cash donations, bicycle donations, grants, and bike sales we make enough money to buy tools and pay the rent. I'd like to think we have pretty good model for how a co-op should run, but then I don't have much experience with other shops.
If you have any questions feel free to send me an email at "thebigdeadwaltz at gmail dot com".
We started by simply pooling some resources together and figuring out who had the biggest and most accessible basement. As we're growing we're trying to get some space through the local YMCA. Feel free to ask questions: ebenoist [at] gmail.com .