What We Do
The Bike Kitchen is a non-profit social enterprise created to teach basic bike mechanics and bike repair in a welcoming safe space and provide safe, affordable transportation to the community. 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. Many of our volunteers learn basic mechanics by repairing and refurbishing donated bicycles that go back into the community. High school volunteers earn their required volunteer hours helping out with us.
How Does it Work
SIGN UP FOR A VOLUNTEER OR D.I.Y. TIME SLOT HERE:
- We provide use of tools and work benches and offer advice and mentorship for learning to repair your own bike during DIY (Do-It-Yourself) time. This is included in a $40 annual Bike Kitchen membership, or $10/hour if you are not a member. Sign up for a DIY slot here!
- We provide cycle safety education for school groups, community groups, and individuals
- We facilitate bike repair education through structured classes and weekly shop hours.
- Our mechanics offer a full selection of in-house repairs and service if you prefer not to do them yourself. Give us a call at 226-216-5200 for more information.
- We strive to have a great selection of refurbished bikes available for sale in the Bike Kitchen. These have been completely tuned up and are in safe, working condition. Prices generally range between $100-$400 for an adult bike and $25-$60 for a kids bike. Shop refurbished bikes here
- Bike Kitchen membership also gives members access to a huge selection of new and used parts and accessories, and more.
- As a non-profit organization, proceeds from all of our sales go towards our advocacy work and keeping the Bike Kitchen up and running!
- We accept donated bikes and bike parts of all shapes and sizes
- Donated bicycles are refurbished by our staff, students, and volunteers to get them back into working order and then sold in our shop at affordable prices
- Donations can be dropped off at 628 Monmouth Road anytime during our open hours.
We also provide meaningful volunteer opportunities for youth and adults. Learn more here!
WHAT WE DO NOT DO
- Purchase used bikes
- Trade bikes or parts
- Lend tools off-site
- Sell unsafe bikes
The Bike Kitchen gratefully accepts donations of bicycles for refurbishing and eventual return to the community.
Earn-a-Bike Program aims to provide a safe working bicycle to those who cannot afford to purchase a new bike, and to give participants the skills they need to maintain the bike is safe condition. Earn-a-Bike participants learn how to fix bicycles through volunteering their time to work on community bikes and by learning from the Bike Kitchen mechanics.
After orientation with a Bike Kitchen mechanic, Earn-a-Bike participants can select a used bicycle from our donations to fix and/or re-build for themselves. Participants can work on their own bike during open shop hours after volunteering for 30 minutes each time. This volunteer time can include working on other bicycles or completing tasks to keep the shop running smoothly. Earn-a-Bike participants must attend open shop at least once per week to work on their project in order to keep that bicycle.
If you or a group you work with are interested in the Earn-a-Bike Program, please contact us.