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There is the all-volunteer Sacramento Bicycle Kitchen ( http://sacbikekitchen.org/ ) at 1915 I Street in Sacramento. It is a bike shop where you can get help (space, use of tools, help, some materials) fixing up your bike. You can go in when they are open (which is often in the evening), you can use the tools, and folks will help/ teach you how to fix your bike. When I went in, there was a $5 dollar charge for the day. There are also periodic classes, and occasionally donated bikes for sale. I bought a fun, classic red cruiser for $40 there. The people were friendly and helpful.

I am aware of the Davis Bike Collective, or Bike Forth, http://www.davisbikecollective.org/ , http://daviswiki.org/Davis_Bike_Collective , at 1221 1/2 4th Street, in Davis, CA, but have never been there. It seems to be run on pretty much the same lines. It was previously called the Davis Bike Church, and I think the core volunteers still have churchy-sounding names, like ministry.

There was a Arcata Bike Library in Arcata, California (http://www.arcata.com/greenbikes/ ). While I was living there, an Arcata resident could borrow a ridable (or nearly so) bicycle, (donated and mostly fixed up by volunteers), for six months for a $20 deposit. You could get your deposit back when you returned your bike, or, if you wished, donate the amount of the deposit. It was on 8th St, but last time I was in Arcata that location was closed. According to this person, http://www.humboldtliving.com/articl...?article_id=20 , it reopened closer to 12th and L St. However, it doesn't sound like it is up to its former level of glory and functionality.
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