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.

November 09, 2016

Volunteer

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Why Volunteer

  • Volunteer opportunities are currently limited due to COVID-19 concerns. All regular volunteer sessions are on hold. If you would like to learn more about special volunteering options please email the shop closest to you. 
  • Learn new skills.  No experience fixing bikes?  That's fine!  Volunteers learn bicycle mechanics through hands-on experience and guidance from professional bicycle mechanics.  You'll be turning abandoned bikes into functional transportation.  All tools and bicycles are provided by our shops, but you're always welcome to donate more!
  • Feel good knowing that your service will benefit someone locally.  Volunteers help fix the bikes we give to underprivileged adults with a strong need for reliable transportation but who are financially unable to afford the purchase price of a bike, such as refugees, people experiencing homelessness, recently incarcerated people, and more. Volunteers also help repair the hundreds of kid's bikes we give away each year, help pull usable parts off unsalvageable bikes, help with our charitable programming, and more. 
  • Enjoy an atmosphere of collaboration and learning.  Many volunteers form friendships as they work side-by-side to refurbish bikes for those in need.  Experienced volunteers often help beginner volunteers learn the tricks of the trade.  

Do-It-Yourself (or Do-It-With-Help!) *Temporarily Suspended due to COVID-19*

*Temporarily Suspended due to COVID-19*

Get access to the tools and help you need to fix your bike!

Our bike shops is different compared to other shops in the area. At the Bicycle Collective we’re about education above all so we put the wrench in your hand. We won't do the work for you, but we'll help you to complete almost any bike-related project; there’s absolutely no experience needed! Whether you’re an old hand at the wrench or laying hands on a drivetrain for the first time, we can help you out, as hands-on or hands-off as you want.

Use of the shop is $5 per hour, or free to members.

 

Buy a Bike

Find your perfect ride!

We carry a large and rotating selection of fully refurbished used bikes of all kinds, as well as a smaller selection of unrepaired bikes that are too cool to part out but would take too much labor to refurbish.

Our favorite bikes are our custom commuter conversions. A rigid steel frame bike that's been given a comprehensive tune by one of our professional mechanics, and outfitted with brand new tires, rack, and fenders? That's a $349 purchase that will pay for itself twice over this year, just in what you're not spending at the pump. Of course, we also have the $100 bare-bones specials (if they stay on the sale rack for more than an hour -- those things go fast!), full-carbon road bikes so light a newborn could put one on your roof rack, last year’s full suspension cross country machine, a rootbeer-brown Schwinn Varsity that is exactly like the one you had as a teenager, single-speed beach cruisers that are perfect for riding around the neighborhood, and much, much more.

Because everything we carry is donated to us, we never really know what’s going to be on the shelf from week to week, except that it will be awesome and a much better deal than buying new. 

Need another reason to buy your new ride here? How about the fact that these bike sales are the primary source of funding for our community-transforming charitable programs! Yup, you can buy your bike here and leave knowing that your purchase is a good value for your money; confident that the bike will last, since it's been fully refurbished by our professional mechanics; and feeling good since your purchase will enable us to continue providing free bikes, educational programming, job training, and more to thousands of youth and adults in need right here in the Salt Lake Valley.

Community Bicycle Classes *Temporarily Suspended due to COVID-19*

*Temporarily Suspended due to COVID-19*

The Salt Lake City location offers FREE community cycling classes each week taught by our skilled mechanics and volunteers. Come learn more about bicycle maintenance and repair in a non-intimidating and supportive space. No sign-up or registration necessary!

No need to bring your bike to the class. We will use our bikes and parts in-house as examples. 

2019 Fall Schedule: 

FALL 2019 CLASSES

Email if you have questions or if you have class topic suggestions! 

 

Make biking to your event easy with our all-inclusive valet service!

What we provide:

  • Safe, secure, constantly-attended parking for your attendees’ bikes
  • Your attendees do not pay to park their bikes -- the fee you pay is the only fee we charge
  • We handle set-up, take-down, and everything in between

What we charge:

  • $299 for a half-day event (up to four hours, capacity for up to 150 bikes)
  • $499 for a full-day event (up to eight hours, capacity for up to 150 bikes)
  • $699 for an extended event (up to twelve hours, capacity for up to 150 bikes)
  • 10% discount available to 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations
These are our base rates only -- various factors can impact the final cost, such as if your event requires capacity for more than 150 bikes, requires significant travel, etc. Please email us at for a quote or to reserve our services. 
 

What we need from you:

  • A minimum of two weeks’ advance notice, and preferably four or more. Dates are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis, so the earlier you can make a reservation, the better.
  • An appropriately sized area near your event (at least ten square feet per expected bike, plus room for a 10’x10’ pop-up canopy) designated solely for bike valet.
  • A parking spot and/or permit for a truck and trailer, as well as a reasonably close load/unload area
  • An estimate of the parking capacity you’ll need at your event 

Junior Bicycle Mechanic Certification *Temporarily Suspended due to COVID-19*

*Temporarily Suspended due to COVID-19*

Are you curious about what it’s like to work in a bike shop? Want to impress your teammates on your mountain bike league by being able to repair anything on the fly? Or even just want to learn everything there is to know about how to work on your own bike? Sign up for our Jr. Mechanic Certification! This 8-week course is designed to teach 14-17-year-old aspiring mechanics the skills needed to become an ace wrencher and prepare you to get a job in a shop. This is a free course!

Contact for questions and/or to register for the following 2019 sessions:

September 9 - October 28

Youth Open Shop *Temporarily Suspended due to COVID-19*

*Temporarily Suspended due to COVID-19*

Youth Open Shop is a program for youth ages 8 -17 years old. This is a productive learning environment where youth are surrounded only with their peers and our Youth Education Specialists. Participating youth have the option to work on their own bikes, help repair bikes for the Collective’s giving programs, or earn a bike of their own through volunteered hours.

 

The Salt Lake City Bicycle Collective utilizes an apron system during Youth Open Shop (YOS) where participants advance to colored aprons indicating different levels of achievement. The participants will first begin with a green apron, move to an orange apron and from that point, they will have the choice of either moving to a red apron to become a YOS peer mentor or move to a purple apron and participate in the Junior Bicycle Mechanic Certificate (JBMC) program. After completing the JBMC program and/or completing 100 hours in YOS, participants will receive a black apron with their name embroidered on it signifying they have reached mastery level youth bicycle mechanic status. Participants will keep their black aprons.

The use of aprons will allow participants to visualize their advancement through the program. In addition to earning different level aprons, participants will also have the opportunity to earn “carrots” (i.e. patch kits, tool kits, water bottles, etc.) after they hit certain mile markers. Mile markers and carrots are used to track the progress of participants while also keeping them engaged to ensure they complete the program. Our ultimate goal is to hire those who successfully complete the program as Junior Bicycle Mechanics at the SLC Bicycle Collective.


This program was implemented with assistance from Blackstone Bicycle Works in Chicago.

Youth Open Shop is free and does not require pre-registration, however, benches are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Youth Open Shop is help on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30pm-5:30pm and Saturday mornings from 9:30am-11:30am.

Come to the Salt Lake Shop!

When can I buy a bike or parts?

  • Tuesday, Thursday: 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm
  • Saturday: Noon - 7:00 pm
  • Sunday: Noon - 5:00 pm

When can I work on my own bike?

Do you have special time for women to work in the shop?

  • Wednesdays: 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

When can I volunteer?

When can I drop off a bike?

 

 

 

Programs

Contact Us

Mechanics 101

In person classes are on hold due to COVID-19 concerns. 

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.

Bikes for Tykes

Do you remember your first bike? I remember mine, it was blue with white tires and a flower covered banana seat. It was not only my freedom to get around, but also my freedom to explore. With this bike I started a love affair that has lasted to this day. Imagine never having that first bike. For many kids, this is a reality. Help us put a first bike into the hands of 100+ elementary aged children by donating to our Bikes for Tykes fundraiser.

Bingham CycleryMTB Enthusiasts of Utah and WomenMTB have come together to raise money for us here at the Collective. Last year was an amazing success with over $7000 raised in monetary and in kind donations we were able to give more than 90 bikes to kids in need.  This year we hope to do even more and will be hosting 2 events!

MAKE A CHILD HAPPY THIS SEASON

If you want to help, any amount from $5 to $500, makes a difference. Donate today! You can also help by volunteering for the giveaway events on Nov. 11th in Ogden and Dec. 2nd in Salt Lake, to do so, fill out this form and someone will be in touch.

Funds above and beyond what is needed for the Bikes for Tykes giveaway will be used to support a new Bicycle Collective youth program called “Bike School.” From start to finish, this program aims to place young people from diverse backgrounds in real bike shop jobs along the Wasatch Front, teach life long job skills and continue to provide a way for youth to earn a bike through volunteerism.

Support Bikes for Tykes