Juvenile Justice Jr. Bike Mechanic Apprenticeship Program

Our Jr. Bike Mechanic Apprenticeship Program (Jr. Bike MAP) with the Juvenile Justice centers are an adaptation of our in-shop classes. We’ve taken the course and made it more in-depth and mobile to provide it to youth in the Juvenile Detention Centers in local Juvenile Justice Centers. The course is turned into a 12-week course, with two, two hour long classes per week. Students completely refurbish bikes that have been donated to OBC and learn the skills they would need to gain employment in the bike industry once they are released. Classes are offered in a fall and spring and students who pass midterm and final exams receive a certification from the Ogden Bicycle Collective.

Eagle Scout Projects

Provo Bicycle Collective helps nearly a dozen scouts each year complete their Eagle Projects. The most common project is hosting a bike drive, through which the scout and his volunteers canvas the neighborhood and surrounding communities, notifying the residents of the bike drive and leaving flyers at doors.  The scout and volunteers then pick up unwanted bikes (a large trailer is helpful), and drop them off at our Community Bike Shop. These bikes will be refurbished and given away to homeless, refugees, and low-income individuals, sold to fund our programs, or stripped and recycled. The average project yields between 30 and 100 bicycles. 
We often have other needs to fulfill besides the bike drive project. Please direct all questions to . 

Some Eagle Project approval commitees want the scouts to do a little more.  Here are some extra things that would help us fulfill our mission:

  • - Wash the bikes before bringing them to us.  This could take about 2 hours with lots of helpers.
  • - Host a presentation in your neighborhood on how to bike safely and why we should bike more and drive less (we have presentation materials you can use)

We discourage scouts from trying to repair the bikes or bringing in large groups of volunteers since we already have a large number of volunteers and basic bike mechanic training takes a considerable amount of time.

Mechanics 101

Interested in learning more in-depth about bicycle mechanics? Mechanics 101 is designed to educate you on the inner workings of the bicycle and help you gain the skills to fix your own bicycle or even build the bike of your dreams!  Operations Manager Ikaika Cox teaches this course each Wednesday at 7pm and the topic changes every week, repeating after the ninth week. You must be a current Bicycle Collective Member to participate in this class. No registration is necessary, just show up! Please direct all questions to .

This course will be of interest to you if:

- You want to maintain your own bike

- You want to customize or build your own bike

- You want to be a more skilled volunteer

- You want to work in the bike industry


Winter/Spring 2019 Class Schedule:

Jan 30th: Skills For Everyday Riding

Feb 6th: Rolling Smoothly, Pt. I — Tubes and Tires

Feb 13th: Rolling Smoothly, Pt. II — Hubs

Feb 20th: Rolling Smoothly, Pt. III — Wheel Truing

Feb 27th: A Primer on Controls — Cables & Housing

Mar 6th: Brakes

Mar 13th Shifting Smoothly

Mar 20th: Drivetrain Health and Wellness

Apr 3rd: The Bottom Bracket

Apr 10th: The Headset

JP is pretty awesome. He has lots of experience riding and working with bikes. He is a really nice guy and loves helping you fix your bike. The best thing about JP is everywhere he goes he brings his dog Cosby, who is unquestionably the best boy!    

Community Bike Shop

 

Want to fix your own bicycle?  During Open Shop hours, we have up to six workbenches of professional-grade bike tools available for public use.  With the guidance of a staff mechanic, even those who have never picked up a wrench before can learn how to repair a flat tire, replace a cable, or even give their bike a full tune-up. 

It was incredible to see how our garage was transformed within just one day.

350+ bikes sorted through
150 Bikes scrapped and recycled
300 Wheels, tires, tubes seperated
150 Bikes stacked back in the garage 

80+ Hours of labor combined

Thanks so much to all the helpers and everyone bringing us tools, canopies, cold drings, welding equipment, a trailer, and so much more!!!

A special thanks goes to the Larkins and L&L mechanical. They donated a trailer for us to use. And then came to fix it after it gave way under our load of bikes!!

April 19, 2019

OBC Fall/Winter Hours

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We're updating our hours for Fall!  These new hours start October 1st and will last throughout the pumpkin spice season.

Updated Hours:

Tue-4:00-6:00 PM

Youth Open Shop (Youth ages 10-17 ONLY)

Wed-12:00-6:00 PM

Open Shop

Thur-12:00-6:00 PM

Volunteer Day and Sales

Thur- 6:00-7:00 PM

FREE Bike Mechanic 101 Class at 6:00 PM

Fri-Sat-12:00-6:00 PM

Open Shop

Recognizing Our Generous Supporters

The Bicycle Collective's impact would not be possible without the generous philanthropic support of many of individuals, corporations, foundations, and other funders. Their contributions continue to make a difference in the lives of thousands of Utahns. We are grateful for their support and pleased to recognize them in the listing below, which is updated quarterly, consistent with the Collective's commitment to transparency. We are grateful for their generosity.    

Ryan used to ride up and down mountains but now he seeks to become the ultimate bike commuter! While working on his degree in engineering at Utah State University he discovered he had much more passion for helping people than for math. Now he is currently working on his degree in Global Communications, Spanish, and Latin American Studies. Having worked in higher education, non profit organization, and refugee resettlement, he loves helping other people learn new things! You’ll find him cruising the Jordan River Trail but watch out or he’ll talk your ear off about the benefits of volunteering for a good cause!

Volunteer Coordinator

I moved to Ogden with my husband last year. The mountains, seasons, and accessibility of so many incredible natural landscapes meant that there was no question of whether we'd love it here.

After graduating, I began a career in Human Resources. I also began snowboarding at the same time. After a few years the call of the mountains and adventure was strong, and I left my office based career. In the years since I've taught English in South Korea (where I met my husband), worked as a Snowboard Instructor, and guided people through a Glow Worm cave in New Zealand.

I've commuted by bike on and off all my life, and am loving learning and practicing bike mechanics so far. I'm excited to be working in a position that serves our environment and community, and helps others to do the same through volunteering and providing the brilliant programs offered at the Bike Collective.

Happy Bike Month, everyone! We're hosting some group rides for the month of May to celebrate bikes and the butts (and people) that sit on them. Check out the schedule below and note the last ride will be on Friday, May 31st where we'll end at the shop for a fun, FREE, concert!

Folks will meet at the SLC Bicycle Collective at 6 PM and we'll roll out at 6:15 PM. All riders welcome. Rides are routed between 7 and 20 miles.

Tuesday, May 7th - 9 miles.
Tuesday, May 14th - 16 miles.
Tuesday, May 21st - 7 miles.
Tuesday, May 28th - 18 miles.

FRIDAY, May 31st - LAST RIDE! 7 miles (most likely to Jordan River and back to the shop). We'll end at the shop for a FREE concert! Bring ALL your lights. We're gonna be loud and bright for this ride!

SLC Bike Prom 2019, is happening!! Tickets are now on sale! We're riding and dancing on Saturday, June 8th. This is an event for all folks of all ages.

Bike Prom is SLC Bicycle Collective's annual fundraising event. Don your fanciest prom duds, grab a date (or group or come solo!) and join a thousand friendly riders on a slow ride around SLC streets. The ride starts at Fairmont Park (1040 E. Sugarmont Dr.) and will end at the Tracy Aviary (589 E. 1300 S.) where we'll dance the night away!

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FAQs

Is this a family friendly event?

Yes! Bring the kids so they can enjoy the ride and the party at Tracy Aviary. Be advised, if kids are to ride their own bikes they will need to be able to keep pace with the group and police escort. The party tickets are priced per individual. We will have a subsidized ticket for kids under 16 years of age; the year they decide to commute the fun way or the other way.

Does it cost to participate in the group ride?

No, but donations are always appreciated! The party at Tracy Aviary is what the tickets are for if you choose to join us beyond the ride, which you should. The party is always a blast!

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

No minimum age to attend; we encourage youth under the age of 16 to be accompanied by an adult. You must bring a valid ID if you plan to purchase alcohol to be consumed at the event at Tracy Aviary.

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

We encourage bicycles for the ride from Fairmont Park to Tracy Aviary, but other modes of human-powered transportation are acceptable. There will be a bicycle valet for those staying for the ticketed event. If you must drive to Tracy Aviary to join us for the party, you can park in any available parking spots at Liberty Park.

If you are coming from the Sugarhouse area and require a vehicle to get you here, there is plenty of parking for you to leave your car at Fairmont Park. You will just have to ride back there at the end of the group ride or party to get your vehicle; no overnight parking at either park.

What can I bring into the event?

No outside food or drinks allowed. Both will be available for purchase once inside.

What should I wear?

It's called Bike Prom, so dig out your old dresses and suits or maybe that bridesmaid dress that was worn that one time - shorts, suspenders, and a bowtie; Sure! Some go retro and come in light blue frilly tuxedos or in flapper dresses and zuit suits. Visit your favorite secondhand store and you'll probably find what you're looking for! Your outfit, your call, just make it fun and enjoy the people watching!

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?