We are a community bike shop that runs entirely by volunteers. There are a set of core volunteers (about 8-10) who make sure the shop is open and running and help with special events and fundraisers. We have various volunteers who come for a day, week or multiple months to help around the shop. No help is too small! We all participate in making the space, tools and parts organized and accessible, and any money that is received goes toward the needs of the shop. Our primary goal is to provide adequate tools and competent help to meet the needs of those who desire to build and repair bikes. RUBARB is an educational space where we all can share and learn from each other’s skills and experiences.
The shop is open a few days a week (Check the home page) for people to come in and use freely. Use of the tools is free, as well as the advice and help from shop volunteers! All and everyone is invited to use the shop, whether it is to repair, build, maintain or donate a bike. There are various parts (mostly used) that can be acquired with a suggested donation. We usually have new parts in stock as well (cables, tires, tubes).
We strive to be an accessible and affordable place for people to obtain parts and bicycles. For that reason, there is an option to earn “Bike Bux” with us. For every hour that a person works under this program, they earn $15 Bike Bux. This may mean helping others in the shop, sorting and organizing parts, fixing up a shop bike, cleaning up, weeding our garden, helping with snack, etc. Once enough is earned, that person can spend their Bux.
Many youth from the neighborhood frequent the shop and we are glad to provide them with an opportunity to learn and earn a bike. We almost always have a variety of kids bikes that need work as well as repaired ones for sale.
We take any bike that you are getting rid of, big or small, busted up or in good shape! If in decent condition, we will fix it up and get it to someone who will use it. If not worth it, we will strip it of its parts and reuse them. We’ll take anything bike related: wheels, tires, tubes, chains, helmets, seats, racks, baskets, etc…