What is the BEST time to come to the shop to work on a project? It is best to come to the shop right when we open. We offer space in the shop and assistance on a first come - first served basis. There are 10 stands available and 3 wheel truing stands. Once these fill up, other patrons must wait for a spot to open up before beginning work on their bike. Thus, it is best to get an early start.
Can I use the shop if I don't know ANYTHING about bikes? Yes! We welcome people of ALL skill levels to use the shop. We can teach you to fix a flat or build a wheel, depending on your needs. If you are nervous about your bicycle knowledge, you can attend an Intro to Bikes Workshop on the Second Sunday of each month from 12 -2 pm. This is a good way to get familiar with your bike and the shop space.
I notice your shop is really busy. Is there anything I can do to help? Yes! We love volunteers. We always need help organizing and cleaning the shop. This can be done by checking in with the mechanics on duty to see what would be useful. We also need more folks to teach others in the shop. If this interests you, click herefor more info.
Do you do trades? We do NOT buy nor trade parts or bicycles. We do offer work-trade to patrons who are unable to pay for used parts/ bicycles/ shop time.
Can I use my friend's membership? No. Your friend can work on your bike for you, but you can't use their membership as a replacement for paying for shop time. If money is tight, please consider doing work - trade.
What do you do when stolen bicycles come to your shop? The Bike Church does not support bicycle theft in any form. It is sometimes hard for mechanics/volunteers to tell if a bike is stolen. If we suspect someone in our shop is in possession of a stolen bicycle, we may confront the person and communicate to find out more information. If a bicycle is donated to the shop and we suspect it is stolen, we turn it over to the police department in case the bike has been reported as stolen. There is currently no way for us to run serial numbers for stolen bikes reported to the police.
How much do you charge to fix a bike? At The Bike Church we teach you how to fix your own bike. Mechanics do not do repairs for people, so the amount of money a repair costs depends on what parts are needed and how long you require to complete a repair. If you are working on a bike project, consider becoming a member, as this will save you money on the shop-time donation.