OCBC does not take drop-off bicycle repairs — we are too busy teaching folks how to fix the ones we have donated — but we can do a 30 minute, while-you-watch check-over, which is enough to get most bikes (with all their parts still attached) at least running safely. If you have a bike that you are not sure is worth tuning up, we will be glad to give it an assessment, and let you know your options.
If you just want to drop off a bike and have somebody else take care of it, we are happy to recommend a local bike shop in your area.
All the bikes we sell include a free follow-up check-over — we’d like to see the bike back after a few hundred miles of riding to make sure everything is tight and still adjusted properly, and give it some quick lubrication and a full Safety Check. We want the bike owner there to watch this process, so they can learn to do some simple maintenance themselves, even if they never take their free Bicycle Basics classes.
This service is free if you purchase a bike from OCBC, or $20 otherwise. We do this only while you watch, and appointments are appreciated. The work takes our mechanic about 20-30 minutes, but allow at least 45 minutes to an hour as we often need to assist our volunteers at the same time. We’ll teach you some key cleaning and lubrication you can do on your bike in the workstand if you have to wait for an experienced mechanic to check over your bike.
If your bike has a flat, we can repair that as well, for an additional $5 labor, plus parts (tubes are $5 and tires are $5 to $25). We’ll show you How to Fix a Flat too.
This service is just to get your bike running safely and (reasonably) reliably while you watch, and help. We will tell you up front if your bike will need more work than we can do in the time available, and are happy to recommend a local bike shop; or public use of a workstand, tools and supplies are available for $5 hour, extra for lessons and parts.