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Open Shop

Open Shop has been temporarily discontinued due to COVID-19 concerns. We will reevaluate that position January 1, 2020. Thank you for your patience. 

Want to fix your own bicycle?  During Open Shop hours, we have up to four 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.  

Cost is $10 per hour or free with a Bicycle Collective membership.

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With the help of our wonderful volunteers, the Provo and Ogden collectives are pleased to announce their first overnight bike trip of the season.  It will take place Friday and Saturday March 24-25th.  More details can be found at the Facebook event page.

From the page:

"Planned costs for this trip will be $5 per person, this covers the causeway toll and camping. We will be leaving from the causeway parking lot at 4 pm.

There will be touring classes given at the Ogden Bicycle collective and the Provo Bicycle collective earlier that week. As with any great bicycle tour we will play things by ear. There is likely to be some fun rides around the island. If you can't make the initial 4pm ride please contact someone at the collective. We will be having a later ride to accommodate you.

This is family friendly. The causeway is about 7 miles long. We will also have a sag wagon available for any assistance for riders. Please do not let lack of gear be the reason you don't give it a try. Please contact one of the hosts or attend the touring classes if you are curious about gear, someone will have something to loan if it is needed.

If touring is something you are interested in then feel free to join this group. https://www.facebook.com/groups/utahbiketouring/ We do a couple trips a year and most are fairly easy."

The North American Handmade Bike Show is coming to Salt Lake City this weekend!

One thing is for sure, this show will be bike nerd heaven.  Companies as large as Shimano and as small as Saltair Cycles will be here showcasing their stuff.  Come see the awesome bicycles and components your fellow Americans (and possibly Canadians) are making!
Free event tickets will be given to those who volunteer with us at the Bicycle Valet.
Join us for a fun alleycat/klunker ride Friday at 6pm at the show site.

Kids Bike Giveaways

OBC partners with community organizations to give bikes to kids in the community. OBC does Kid’s Bike Giveaways throughout the year with a large giveaway around the holidays at the end of the year. With the help of volunteers we work to refurbish kid’s bikes that have been donated to us and try to match kids with their dream bikes.

Basic Bike Mechanic 101

Basic Bike Mechanic 101 Classes are currently offered every Thursday night at 5:00 pm on Facebook Live. Everyone is welcome and the classes are free. Each week we focus on a different component of the bike, so the classes can be taken stand-alone or in series. 

Watch the classes on Facebook Live to be able to ask our mechanics questions, or watch the videos any time on our Facebook page!

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!

 

Volunteer Highlight - Abby Mars

How did you get involved with the collective? 

My first experience with the Collective was several years ago when I bought an older bike off Craigslist and wanted to swap out some parts. I had no idea what I was doing with riding or working on that thing and I don't think I ended up riding it much, but the tinkering bit was the fun part anyway. Shortly after that I moved to Colorado for a little while before turning around and coming back to Salt Lake a year and a half later. Last fall, I was on sabbatical from work and looking for volunteer opportunities to help me keep busy and engage with the community now that I'm back for good, so I wandered into the Bicycle Collective during Friday morning volunteer hours. I was pretty much hooked right away because you get to work on so many different types of bikes over the course of one volunteer session, which scratches my urge to tinker without having to dismantle my own bike every week!

What do you enjoy most about the collective?

Working on Goodwill bikes has been a really fun way to become a little less clueless about riding and fixing up my own bikes, for one thing. There's nothing like dismantling an old bike to re-use the parts to help you understand how everything fits together. It's also been a great group of people to hang around with and get to know. (And the snacks during volunteer night certainly don't hurt either.)

Tell us more about how cycling has impacted your life.

I work remotely from my home, so I'm always on the lookout for excuses to get out of the house during the week, and cycling around town is a great one. Often I'll ride down to the coffee shop for a change of scenery while I work, or do a few laps around town when I'm done for the day. I had a bike as a kid that I loved to ride around the neighborhood, but I didn't ride much after I started high school. It wasn't until these last few years that I rediscovered how much I love poking around on a bicycle with no particular destination in mind. It's such a fun way to explore, especially in a city like Salt Lake where not much of town is very pedestrian-friendly. 

What are some of your other hobbies? 

On the same sabbatical when I started coming to the Collective, I also signed up for a piano class up at the U! Playing piano is another thing I did as a kid and lost sight of until recently, so it's been fun to flex those muscles again. Also, my wife and I have two pets (a cat and a rabbit), and taking photos of those two to put on the internet takes up a fair amount of my time!
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Abby is one of our core volunteers. It's people like her who volunteer their time and talents that keep our shop running. Thanks for all that you do, Abby! 

Interested in volunteering with the Bicycle Collective? Learn more here!

October 16, 2018

Zach Bolton - Mechanic

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Zach is an avid mountain biker and loves to spend his time shredding on any trail that is available to him.
Due to the destructive nature of mountain biking Zach has found interest in repairing his own mechanical issues and helping others fix theirs. 

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Buy A Bike From the Bicycle Collective!

Quick Guide to Bicycle Sizing

Please view the video above to learn how to size yourself for a bike. Take that measure and look in the charts below to get an idea of the appropriate frame size.

If you prefer to read a bit more, check out "A Quick Guide to Sizing Your Bike Frame" by CHRISTA LAGLER from Bicycling Magazine.  Whether you are new to cycling or buying a bike on line, these expert tips from will help you get the right fit.

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(Images by Colin McSherry)

 

 

For the safety of our staff we are open by appointment only

Masks are required at all times.

When you arrive: please ring the bell and wait 6ft. (one bicycle length) from the door. A staff member will answer to assist you.

Shopping for Bicycles

Shopping for refurbished bikes? Schedule a time with us and we'll do our best to help you find what you're looking for. We can accommodate one group of up to two people per appointment.

Please include either a description of a bike from our online showroom or your height and what sort of bike you're looking for and we'll have one ready for you to test ride. We allow test riding up to 3 bikes per appointment. Test ride appointments are 25 minutes long with a 5 minute window at the end to allow staff to sanitize high-touch surfaces and wash their hands in between appointments. If you feel you need more time than one appointment allows, consider booking consecutive appointments.

You are required to properly wear a mask at all times while in the shop, no exceptions.

View our Bicycle Showroom

Shopping for Parts

Shopping for parts? Bring your bike, a photo of the part you need to replace, or a detailed list of the parts you need and our staff will find parts that will work for you. We can accommodate one group of up to two people per appointment.

You are required to properly wear a mask at all times while in the shop, no exceptions.

As of 7 Oct. 2020: Due to nationwide supply-chain shortages of vital bicycle parts like tubes, tires, chains, cables, etc., we are out of stock of many essential bike parts. We appreciate your patience and understanding.

Click Here to Book an Appointment

Schedule a Service Drop-off

If you'd like us to fix your bike for you, schedule a time to drop it off with us. We'll take a look at what it needs and call you with a quote before we start any work. If you would like to request a service voucher, please email us at for more information.

Please keep in mind: we can only accomodate one bike per appointment.

As of 7 Oct 2020: Our lead-time for appointments is 2-3 weeks. If that is too long for you, consider taking your bike to Saturday Cycles, Cranky's Bike Shop, or any of the other local bike shops.

Click Here To Book an Appointment 

Donations: Tuesday - Saturday 12-6

NO APPOINTMENT NECESSARY, BUT MORE THAN 5 BIKES AT ONE TIME MUST BE APPROVED AHEAD OF TIME. PLEASE CALL OUR SHOP AT 801-328-2453 BEFORE YOU COME TO DONATE.

We have limited storage space, and calling to verify a large donation of bicycles helps us prepare space.

PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE DONATIONS WHEN WE AREN’T OPEN.

What may seem like a convenient move for you creates a lot more work for us.

PLEASE DO YOUR BEST TO CLEAN YOUR DONATIONS OF VISIBLE DEBRIS BEFORE DONATING. WHY?

Donating extremely dirty bikes (covered in mud, dirt, grass or hay) hinders our processing abilities and puts the “dirty work” on us. Tip: you can clean your donation quickly with a garden hose or a household rag and some glass cleaner.

WE DO NOT DO PICK-UPS.

WE ACCEPT:

-All types of bikes (road, hybrid, mountain, bmx, tandem, etc)

-All sizes of bikes (adult, child)

-Bike parts of any kind

-Tools of any kind

-Accessories in good condition (helmets, bike pumps, lights, locks, racks, baskets)

-Gently used cycling clothing and shoes

-Old (clean) t-shirts and dish towels that we can turn into rags for our shop

WE DO NOT ACCEPT THE FOLLOWING ITEMS:

-Scooters

-Tag-a-Long bikes

-Anything motorized

-Exercise equipment or bike trainers

-Jogging strollers

-Car racks that are missing pieces (if we can’t sell it as a fully functioning rack, please do not donate it). We may refuse a car rack donation if we do not have the space to house it.

-Trailers that are missing hitches (if we can’t sell it as a fully functioning trailer, please do not donate it). We may refuse a trailer rack donation if we do not have the space to house it.

As a general guideline, we accept bicycles and bicycle related items. These items best serve our mission and the work we do.

GIVING TUESDAY 01Tuesday, May 5, 2020, is #GivingTuesday, a global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world. 

We at the Bicycle Collective in Utah are excited to get folks riding bikes as part of this day of giving. Cycling enables us to exercise while maintaining social distance, explore new areas, and enjoy the outdoors. It is good for our physical and mental health: boosting immune systems, heightening moods, and exposing us to sunshine. 

If there was ever a time for bikes, that time is now. The bike is a happiness machine bringing joy with each pedal. We can experience the joy of riding together even as we shelter at home apart.

How we're giving back this Tuesday

May is National Bike Month, and on Giving Tuesday Now, we are kicking off the month by giving back to children in our State. Our staff and volunteers are building bicycles for Utah kids whose families may not be able to purchase one due to financial and economic hardship in the wake of COVID-19. We invite you to sign up for a free bike from one of our locations or share this email with someone you know who needs a bike for their child or children. Once the bike is built, we will call the parent or guardian to set up a convenient time for pick up at our shop at the location you selected. (Note as of 7 May 2020.  We are going to temporarily disconnect the link for the sign up as we 430 requests we need to fill.)

Sign up here for a free kids bike from one of our locations.

Throughout our four locations in Utah--Ogden, Provo, Salt Lake City and St. George, our staff and volunteers are repairing and refurbishing bikes for kids. We will live stream our work and provide online instruction to repair a basic kid’s bike Please tune into each location’s Facebook Live Feed at the following times: 

10:00 AM  Tires and Tubes with the Ogden Staff 

11:00 AM   Hubs and Axles with the Salt Lake Staff   

12:00 PM   Bottom Brackets with the Provo Staff 

1:00   PM   Headsets with the St. George Staff

How you can help us give back

For those inspired to support us as we give and pedal it forward, please consider contributing here to the Bicycle Collective.

                  • Purchase a U-Lock for someone in need: $10.00
                  • Buy a helmet for someone who cannot afford one: $25.00
                  • Purchase a service voucher for repair for someone in need: $60.00
                  • Purchase a bike for a child $80.00

Bicycle Collective is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. If you would like to make a donation -- whether it be an old bicycle, monetary, or your time – you can find more information HERE.

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Accepting Donations of Bicycles and Parts

20 April 2020

After a challenging month, we have made significant steps to re-starting our operations to fulfill our mission of getting people on bikes.  On March 30, we started selling bikes and parts on line and by appointment. The following week we began offering repair services at our locations.  We are now ready to once again accept donations of bikes, parts and accessories (i.e, trainers, racks, etc). We would love to give your old bike a second life or strip it for parts.  We recycle what is not usable or worth repairing. 

Here is the protocol for bringing in donations. 

Please call or email the shop at which you would like to make the donation to set up a time. 

  • Salt Lake City Shop - 801-328-2453 | 
  • Provo Shop - 801-210-9032 | 
  • Ogden Shop - 801-997-0336 | 
  • St. George Shop - 435-574-9304 | 

We greatly appreciate you washing the bike down with soap and water.  Please do the same for parts. 

When you arrive at the shop, please wear a face mask and gloves.  We will do the same. If you would like a receipt for the donation, please provide either an email address or phone number for us to send the receipt. 

We are taking things slowly with much caution and compassion.  Please be patient and flexible with us as it may take us a day or two to respond to your email or phone call as we are handling many requests.

We are humbled by and extremely grateful for the health care professionals, farmers, grocery store workers, delivery people, public servants and many others who are working their hardest right now.  

Thank you.

Wash Hands, Stay Safe and Get Outside and Ride.