Austin Taylor

Mechanic 

Judith has volunteered with the bicycle collective on and off since 2016. Cycling has been important to her for much longer though. She and her dad bought her first bike (a 1980’s Schwinn) at a garage sale when she was seven. Her first experience with bike repair was that same day, as her and her dad worked together to get their $5 investment to ride. Cycling gave Judith an incredible amount of autonomy when she was growing up to explore her hometown on her own terms. She’s excited to work for an organization that does so much to offer more people that same experience. When she’s not biking, Judith can be found on BYU campus, where she’s working towards a BFA in Industrial Design. 

When the school district asked us to participate in Bike to School Week this year, we went all in. Provo Bicycle Collective originally promised 75 bikes to local elementary schools, but the requests kept coming after that, until we reached 90 bikes. 

Why did we promise this? Because every kid deserves a bike. Most of us remember our first bike as a child because it gave us freedom; freedom to explore at the speed of discovery. Every child deserves this feeling.

This week, most of those bikes were given out to children who didn't already own a bike. To say they were thrilled is an understatement. I'll let this photo do the talking from here.

If you've ever volunteered with us, know that you played a huge part in this. All giveaway bikes are refurbished by volunteers like you. We can't thank you enough! See more photos of these kids here and don't forget to share!

If you'd like to ensure all kids get a bike, regardless of family income, donate today! Just $50 gives a bike to a kid in need!

 

Matt Jacobs, Kira Johnson and Austin Taylor of Provo Bicycle Collective were featured on BYU Radio's Constant Wonder. Listen to us explain how PBC empowers people to fix things, gives bikes to those in need and creates community at the same time.

Listen now!

Here are some money quotes:

“The streets are a public space and there is nowhere else where you can see people so close physically that are so different economically. The bicycle is a way of joining people together and building community. That’s a slogan of the Bicycle Collective; recycling bicycles, building community. That’s what we hope to do, is build community through bicycles.” - Austin, PBC Director

“The speed of discovery…that feeling you get from cruising around on a bike; noticing things that you wouldn’t otherwise.” 

“There’s a drive to give back and help out in our community. The people with real needs are not always visible. By having nonprofits that care for them, that are invested in them, we can help them out. Together, we can fulfill this higher purpose.” - Matt, Volunteer and Programs Coordinator

Women’s night “makes me feel this desire to do more hands-on. If some kind of manual labor needs to be done, I’m not going to do that a man will do it, and I will do it instead.” - Kira, Women’s Night Manager

“Women can do great things. Women have the tendency to look at details, and when they get things done…it’s done with more care.” - Alexis, PBC volunteer

"If you see that norse god (Kai Cox) down there at the shop, tell him hi for me." - Marcus

Mechanic

Zach is studying Manufacturing Engineering at BYU. He started working at PBC on his own bike, an old mountain bike he inherited from his uncle. He got married in June of 2018 and loves spending time with his wife Ally. They recently overhauled the old mountain bike to fit Ally, and Zach fixed up an old road bike for himself. Zach enjoys his job at the PBC.

Youth Open Shop is an afterschool program designed to teach bicycle mechanics to youth ages 8-18. Youth Open Shop hours are set aside only for youth so they have a place to learn among their peers. Youth can expect the same do-it-yourself experience as our normal Open Shop users have; staff will provide guidance but not do repairs for them.

Current Youth Open Shop Hours: Mondays 3pm-5pm

Please direct all questions regarding Youth Open Shop to .

During Youth Open Shop, youth are allowed to:

  1. Work on their own bike
  2. Work on bikes for giveaway
  3. Earn a bike for themselves by first working on bikes for giveaway

Please note:

  • While the shop time fee is waived, youth are still responsible to pay for all new parts they use or earn used parts by volunteering
  • PBC will not store your child's projects
  • Workstands are first-come-first-served and PBC shop staff have the right to turn youth away if the shop is too full
  • PBC staff will not tolerate misbehavior and reserve the right to ban youth from Youth Open Shop
  • Youth are responsible for repairing their own bicycles; PBC staff will not repair bikes for them
  • Parents are welcome to wait in the shop but are not allowed to work on bikes with thier children.

We carry diverse, ever-changing selection of fully-refurbished used bikes. Our favorite bikes are "commutified"--reliable bikes from the 80s and 90s that we convert to comfy everyday bikes--but our shelves are often stocked with everything from feather-light road bikes to full-suspension mountain bikes. Because everything we carry is donated to us, we never really know what’s going to be on the shelf from week to week.

Come to our shop or call us today to find out what's in store!

Every kid deserves a bike. That’s why, in celebration of Provo School District’s Bike to School Week (September 10-15, 2018), Provo Bicycle Collective has committed to giving away 75 free bicycles to children whose families cannot afford to purchase a bike for them.

The bicycles will be distributed through the Parent Teacher Associations of Rock Canyon, Timpanogos, Sunset View, Provost, Franklin, Provo Peaks, Spring Creek, and Edgemont elementary schools.

Some children have already received their bicycles (see attached photos), but most will receive them during Bike to School Week.

Why is this necessary?

The National Center for Safe Routes to School found that only 2.2% of children biked to school in 2013. According to the Utah Department of Health, childhood obesity in Utah is rising as more children are driven or bussed to school. We hope these children use their new bikes to get to school each day and that they adopt an active, healthy lifestyle.

Contact

Media professionals who are interested in filming or photographing children receiving their bicycles during Bike to School Week should contact Provo Bicycle Collective’s director, Austin Taylor, at .

It's back and better than ever!

PBC's Bike Sadie Hawkins will be held Saturday, September 29, 2018.

Bike Sadie Hawkins (formerly Bike Prom) is a party with bikes, dancing, and all your best friends. It's your chance to re-do that awkward high school dance.

Join us for a casual cruise around Provo--in your formal best--ending at Third Space Studios for a dance DJ'd by DJ BZ (back again by popular request). Third Space Studios is conveniently located in the heart of the downtown business district, so there will be no shortage of options for drinks and snacks around town!

Ticket sales benefit Provo Bicycle Collective, a nonprofit bike shop that provides bicycles and bike repair to everyone, regardless of ability to pay.

What are you waiting for? Get your tickets now! All ages are welcome.

Mechanic

Jamison graduated from Universal Technical Institute with a degree in Automotive Technology. He has worked as a car mechanic for about 5 years but has always preferred working on bicycles. He loves riding and working on road bikes and looks forward to learning more about other types of bikes.