The Bike Kitchen

What’s a bike kitchen?

The Bike Kitchen is a non-profit social enterprise created to teach basic bike mechanics and bike repair in a welcoming safe space. Got a problem with your bike? Come in and use our tools to fix your own bike with the instruction of one of our mechanics. Our volunteers learn mechanics by repairing and refurbishing donated bicycles to go back into the community. High school volunteers earn their required ‘volunteer hours’.

 

For those working on their own bicycles we suggest a $10/hour donation (more if you can, less if can’t).

 

WHAT WE DO

  • Accept donated bikes of all shapes and sizes
  • Refurbish donated bicycles
  • Provide cycle safety education for school groups, community groups, and individuals
  • Provide bike repair education through structured classes and weekly shop hours.
  • Provide use of tools and work stations
  • Provide meaningful volunteer opportunities for youth and adults

 

WHAT WE DO NOT DO

  • Purchase used bikes
  • Trade bikes
  • Lend tools off-site
  • Sell unsafe bikes

 

To donate a used bike, contact Oliver at info@bikewindsoressex.com

Our Earn-a-Bike program provides opportunities for low-income youth and New Canadians to refurbish a donated bike which becomes their own once it is in safe working condition.

 

Through our Earn-a-Bike program, youth become invested in the care and maintenance of a bicycle that they built themselves, and gain a sense of accomplishment and empowerment in having the skills to be independent.

The Bike Kitchen gratefully accepts donations of bicycles for refurbishing and eventual return to the community.

Community Impact

The Bike Kitchen aims to teach people how to repair bicycles and to put safe working bicycles back into the community at an affordable cost. We engage, educate, and empower individuals by providing the tools and the knowledge for them to access affordable transportation via recycled and refurbished bicycles.

 

We promote a positive culture of wrenching, environmental responsibility, and volunteering in which all members of our community will treat each other with dignity and respect.

 

All profits raised are used to fund our programming and outreach in the community.

Current hours

Tuesday noon – 8pm

Wednesday 10am – 4pm

Thursday 10am – 4pm

Friday 10am – 4pm

Saturday Closed

Sunday Closed

Monday Closed

We’re here a lot of other times, email us to confirm we’re here.