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.

 

 

The Bicycle Collective is offering appointments so anyone can buy a bike, parts, or get help with that tricky mechanical problem.

30 March 2020

During these times where our lives are uprooted, we seek normalcy. This pandemic is hitting our most vulnerable the hardest. The Collective is eager to serve our customers and clients in this time of uncertainty and change. I’d like to introduce our new online- and by-appointment sales options! These measures will help us protect public health while allowing shop operations to continue. We want to be available to safely serve the community, especially with how crucial bikes are to maintaining all of our health and sanity. And as an effective form of transportation and mobility that naturally promotes social distancing.

BIKE SALES

Do you need a bike? Know someone who does? Starting today we are available to sell bikes by appointment. Here’s how easy it is:

  • When you get to the shop, please ring the doorbell. We’ll set aside 20 minutes to help fit the bike to you and answer any questions. Please be prompt so we can help folks in a timely manner. If there’s a line, please stand 6 feet away from the person in front of you.
  • Our staff will wear gloves when we handle the bikes, and we’ll be practicing thorough hand washing hygiene and washing before and after we help each customer. We recommend you do the same. We will sanitize the contact surfaces of each bike before and after your test ride.
  • When you decide to purchase a bike from us, we accept credit cards and Apple/Google Pay.. Contactless payments are much less susceptible to viral transmission! Once you’re paid up, you’re good to go and ride.

GIFT CARDS

If you want to help the Bicycle Collective during this challenging time and through this transition, but you don’t need to buy a bike, consider purchasing a gift card to use when we’re able to reopen. You’ll get an additional 10% off your purchase when you use that gift card as a thanks for supporting us through this tough time.  Additionally, please consider donating disinfectants such as Lysol Wipes.

DIY/OPEN SHOP

We value our DIY shop hours immensely, but it is currently unwise to host them. Soon we will be announcing a Service & Repairs department so we can help keep your bike rolling smoothly. We recognize that doesn’t do much to help folks who relied on our Work Trade programs to keep rolling, so we’re making Service Vouchers available to help cover the costs of repairs for those who can’t afford it, click the link here to pay it forward.

DONATIONS of BIKES & PARTS

At this time, we are not accepting donations.  While we know may have bikes they are no longer using or have outgrown and want to give it a second life, we do not yet have all the cleaning supplies needed to accept them.  Please hold onto your items for a few more weeks and stay tuned for an update.

PROGRAMMING

We know many of you are anxious to get back in the shop as a volunteer and/or a program participant.  We are constantly monitoring the situation, evaluating options, and developing new opportunities. Again, please stay tuned.

Volunteer Opportunity: Santa’s Little Helper

Help us to give the gift of a bicycle for Christmas!

Santa’s Little Helpers will repair bicycles at home in preparation for our Christmas Giveaway. Learn and use your bicycle mechanics skills and knowledge to turn abandoned bicycles into safe, functional rides. All you’ll need is a can-do attitude and a few basic tools, and we’ll provide the resources for your success.

I WANT TO GET INVOLVED!

Primary responsibilities:

  • Repair two (or more!) kids bicycles at home.
  • Follow the repair checklist.
  • Use the resources provided in order to correctly complete all checklist items.
  • Communicate your intended pick up and drop off times, and notify staff of any changes.
  • Notify staff at pickup if you need grease and lube to be provided, and bring a container to take it home in).
  • Seek assistance from OBC employees if it is not covered in the resources provided.
  • Record time spent picking up, dropping off, and working on the bikes. 

Length of Appointment: First pickup 11th November - Last drop off 11th December. 

Time commitment: If you already have basic bike mechanic knowledge, allow for an hour per bike. 

 

Requirements: 

  • Desire to learn bike mechanics
  • Access to basic tools
  • Friendly, honest, and trustworthy
  • Strong support for the mission of the Bicycle Collective

Benefits: 

  • Learn and use skills in bike mechanics. 
  • Give the gift of a bicycle for Christmas.
  • If you complete two kids bicycles, you will receive an OBC apron and a custom Santa’s Little Helper pin badge. 

Tools Needed:

  • Adjustable crescent wrench
  • Philips and flathead screwdrivers
  • Tire lever
  • Rags

You will also need:

  • Patch kit (provided)
  • Grease (bring a container when you pick up the bicycles if you need this)
  • Chain lube (bring a container when you pick up the bicycles if you need this)
  • Degreaser/dish soap

Santa's Little Repair Resources:

Stuck on a repair or not sure what to do? We've created a video playlist on youtube that will cover each task on your kids bike repair checklist.

Want to learn about the process or ask our mechanic questions? Tune in to our weekly Facebook: Live Mechanics 101 Classes held every Thursday at 5 PM on our Facebook Page. 

 

I WANT TO GET INVOLVED!

St. George Bicycle Collective - Bike Sale Appointments

We want to be open to serve our clients and customers, while also encouraging social distancing to limit the spread of the Coronavirus in our community.

So, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with us

Here’s how easy it is:

  • Browse our selection of refurbished on our website at https://bicyclecollective.org/st-george. Make sure to note the make and model of the bike you’re interested in and we’ll set up a time that’s convenient for both of us so you can test it out. If you don’t see what you need, give us a call and we’ll try to help you out.
  • Set up an appointment for a test ride Tuesday - Friday, 10 am - 6 pm, Saturday 9:30 am - 2 pm by contacting us in any of the following ways.
    • By phone: 661-917-7140
    • By email:
    • Message our Facebook page.
  • We’ll set aside time to help fit the bike to you and answer any questions. We ask that you be prompt so we can help folks in a timely manner. If there’s a line, please stand 6’ away from the person in front of you.
  • Our staff will wear gloves when we handle the bikes, and we’ll be practicing good hand washing hygiene--washing before and after we help each customer. We recommend you do the same, and we’ll sanitize the contact surfaces of each bike before and after your test ride.
  • When you decide to purchase a bike from us, we accept credit cards, Apple/Google Pay, or we can email an invoice (sorry, no VenMo). Contactless payments are much less susceptible to viral transmission! Once you’re all paid up, you’re good to go.

If you want to help us out but you don’t need to buy a bike, consider purchasing a gift card (which will be available soon) to use when we’re able to reopen. You’ll get an additional 10% off your purchase when you use that gift card as a thanks for supporting us through this tough time.  Additionally, please consider donating disinfectants such as Lysol Wipes.

We value our DIY shop hours immensely, but it is currently unwise to host them. Soon we will be announcing a Service & Repairs department so we can help keep your bike rolling smoothly. We recognize that doesn’t do much to help folks who relied on our Work Trade programs to keep rolling, so we’re making Service Vouchers available to help cover the costs of repairs for those who can’t afford it, click the link here to pay it forward.

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About Us

Recycle Bikes
Our model is designed to increase affordable access and education and our audience is everyone. Our community bike shops in Salt Lake City, Ogden, Provo, and St. George are staffed with professional mechanic instructors who are there to walk you through tune-ups or repairs with the idea that you’ll be a more regular and confident rider after learning how to patch the tube or adjust the brakes yourself. We carry a large selection of used bicycles that are overhauled by our mechanics and given a multi-point inspection so they’re ready to ride out the door. We also carry used and new parts and accessories to get your bike dialed in perfectly to fit your riding style and personal tastes.

Access for All
But there’s so much more to the Collective. The revenue from our community bike shops provides the bulk of funding for our numerous programs that are aimed to serve underprivileged communities and children. Your purchase may help fund a much needed bike for a refugee, veteran, or recently released prisoner in transition. Or it may help pay for five bikes for kids in need. It may pay an in-house youth mechanic certification instructor salary, placing youth in jobs as bike mechanics in the area, or the salary of our instructors who teach the same course at juvenile detention centers. It’s a positive feedback loop in which the more people we help in our shops, the more people we can help outside of our shops. We see it as a win for everyone.

Build Community
We believe to our cores that the bicycle is an important machine that is rightly becoming staple of urban communities. To patrons of our programs, it may even be a critical tool for employment and self-sufficiency. We invite you to become part of the effort! Find out more about the services we offer under each shop's programs page, join as a member, volunteer with us, donate money, donate your old bicycle, or simply come in and take advantage of the community bike shop services or hang out with us at an event. Little compares to the simple joy of riding a bicycle.

Annual Reports

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While 2020 has been a challenging year for many organizations, particularly in the non-profit sector, the Bicycle Collective has seen it as a year of growth. Through creativity and hard work from our committed staff and volunteers, we have emerged not only intact, but have had a greater impact in the communities we serve. We are pleased to share these insights in our recently published 2019-2020 Bicycle Collective Annual Report.

pdfView our 2019-2020 Annual Report

Schedule an Appointment

The Ogden Bicycle Collective is open for shopping by appointment. 

Donations can be dropped off anytime that we are open and do not require an appointment- simply ring the doorbell and we will be with you! 

Appointments

Phoenix Hansen joined the team this year but is no stranger to the shop. He was a regular volunteer during youth open shop and could be found in the shop building bikes on volunteer days. In his spare time Phoenix can be found wrenching on project cars and generally being stoked on bikes.  

April 07, 2021

Alan Gooch - Mechanic

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Alan Gooch is a graduate from our Junior Bicycle Mechanic Apprenticeship and a long time volunteer during youth open shop. Alan's music taste has evolved over his employment with the bicycle collective and he's now the expert on folk-punk and 80's new wave.