Our COVID-19 Response

We’re working hard to keep the community rolling by continuing to provide access to affordable bikes. We have resumed drop-in sales and service at the Bike Kitchen, however we require that all members of the public wear a mask and practice social distancing at all times when inside. You may have to wait if there are already people inside as we can only accommodate a few extra bodies in our small shop!

NEW! We are now providing service repairs and basic tune-ups and are OPEN for repair pick-up and drop-offs. Our available hours are Wednesday – Sunday 1pm – 6pm for repair service, bike and parts purchase.

In the nicer weather, our rear shop garage door is usually open so you can holler and say hi easily. If it’s closed, please knock hard on the garage door for drop-off or pick up.

DIY shop time has resumed on SUNDAY AFTERNOONS. Appointments are required to attend DIY time. Email Katheryn at hello@bikewindsoressex.com or call us at 226-216-5200 to reserve a time!

We are CLOSED for educational programming until further notice.

ALL our inventory of available USED bikes, parts and accessories is available on our ONLINE STORE HERE.

Who We Are.

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 Katheryn at hello@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

Monday Closed

Tuesday Closed

Wednesday 1pm – 6pm

Thursday 1pm – 6pm

Friday 1pm – 8pm

Saturday 1pm – 6pm

Sunday 1pm – 6pm

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