Every year our organization accumulates many bikes that do not get sold and do not fit into any of our programs but are just too cool to salvage and scrap. These bikes are often vintage city bikes and road bikes that have a great classic aesthetic and solid components but are too much work for us to refurbish quickly. Over the years, we have gained a large collection of these bikes and with the recent projects we have undertaken and the generous donors mentioned below, we need to move some out to make space available.
So we are holding our first ever "garage" sale on April 2nd from noon to 3:00pm. We'll have really low prices on as-is, (unrefurbished) bikes, and include 2 hours of free shop-use so
you can get them running safely, or get started with that
full-on restoration project (sorry, the shop will not be available for
use on the day of the sale -- project-room storage is included with two
hours of shop use, though).
If you have questions or would like to know more (like, "Will we negotiate on prices? Can you fix them right there and ride them home?"), look for more info here or on "social media" this time next week.
For the first time ever, for a variety of very good reasons, we have the good fortune to need to say: we need bikes!
So we are holding our first-ever Bike Dive: if you have a bike that could use a new rider, please consider donating it now, during the "off season" while we have time to get it fixed for a couple Spring projects we are working on.
We accept bikes anytime we are open, and most other days between 10am and 6pm (just give a call first to be sure we are in). We accept any bikes, in any condition, but right now we are especially interested in collecting bikes with specific features needed for the Cleveland Refugee Bike Project and a special school project that will both use the most common and durable type available, which are described below.
Other types of bikes, including children’s bikes, will be refurbished by OCBC students, volunteers and staff, and sold to support this and other educational programs. OCBC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, so all donations are tax-deductible.
Bikes for the refugee bike project are the same type used for OCBC’s youth Earn A Bike program, for the same reasons: they are plentiful, very basic, and easily serviceable with no special tools. They are commonly available at department stores (but with proper repair and upgrading they’ll be much more efficient and reliable than when they were bought new!).
Refugee project bikes will be identifiable by these characteristics:
“Mountain” style bikes (26" wheels) -- any size frames, men’s or women’s.
Commonly brands like Huffy, Roadmaster, Murray and Pacific.
They should NOT have shock absorbers on the front fork (often with rubber “accordion” boots) or suspension for the rear wheel (a spring mechanism in the frame).
We are often asked what we do with all our time, since we have so few
open hours. The answer is still, "helping people use bikes," but in big groups, rather than one-by-one.
We also know many folks can't volunteer or use the shop due to conflicts during our limited hours. This season, though, we'll have more capacity -- and more bikes to sell -- so we are planning to expand our open hours, which are currently:
Tues. noon - 6p
Wed. 5 - 9pm
Sat. noon - 4p
We'll be adding at least a few hours to that schedule but we still need enough closed time to take care of non-retail program work, so please take this survey to choose your preference from potential additional open shop times!