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Old 05-24-07, 05:25 PM
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For those of you who have Co-ops...

How do they work, and how did they get started? I would love to get one started here...KC
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Old 05-24-07, 05:50 PM
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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.
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Old 05-24-07, 05:54 PM
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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.
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Old 05-24-07, 05:55 PM
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i'm not sure how the one here got started, but i don't think it'd be hard for me to find out.
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thanks Cynikal, i will.
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thanks Cynikal, i will.
get rid of the myspace.com part.
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thanks man, I dont know why It did that in the first place
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Originally Posted by babychris
get rid of the myspace.com part.
"myspace.com/bikery" works as well.
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beat me to it, kyle.

also: www.bikecollectives.org. you should come to bikebike! in august.
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beat me to it, kyle.

also: www.bikecollectives.org. you should come to bikebike! in august.
Yep. Read the think tank archives on that site and join the mailing list, there's lots of good information there.
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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.
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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".
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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 .
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i just work on bikes there sometimes..
but ask someoneon there or send me a pm and ill ask them how every thing oringinaly started..
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http://velocipedebikeproject.org/

basically how it works is you volunteer your services in exchange for being able to use the shop or "buy" parts.
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