The Ohio City Bicycle Co-op (OCBC) is a non-profit bicycle education center with a small professional staff and many skilled volunteers. In our well-equipped 12,000 square foot bicycle mechanic shop, OCBC upcycles donated bicycles to make them safe and reliable for community members. We teach classes on bike riding and repair skills and lead community programs such as fixathons, bike valet parking, and group bike rides. On Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, OCBC also runs a “bicycle thrift store” for refurbished bikes, as well as new and used bicycle parts, clothing, and accessories. Through work-trade and our Pay What You Can programs, we provide free and affordable bicycles, repairs, and accessories (such as helmets and locks) to cyclists facing financial difficulties.
Mission and purpose
OCBC began in 2001 by a group of committed volunteers from Cleveland’s small bike-advocacy movement, has since grown from a drop-in Earn A Bike program for neighborhood youth into a robust resource for bike education in the Cleveland community. Read more about our history.
Our overarching goal of increasing bicycle use is reflected in our incorporation filing:
“The mission of the Ohio City Bicycle Co-op (OCBC) is to promote the use of bicycles in greater Cleveland and engage area youth and adults in cycling activities that foster independence, resourcefulness, and good health. The OCBC works to accomplish this by offering safe cycling and bike repair education, Earn A Bike programs, and a consumer’s cooperative bike shop; by providing dependable used bikes and accessories; and by producing cycling events and tours that impart skills while encouraging riding for fun, fitness and practical transportation.” In 2006 our board approved this “working mission statement” to describe what we do:
We help people use bicycles.
Our Board of Directors
We’re currently looking for new board members! If you’re interested in joining, please reach out to us at email@example.com. Our areas of greatest need are accounting and legal.
Joe Bashover – President
Joe is an engineer by day and a part-time basement bike mechanic by night. Over the years, he has scavenged parts, built new and used equipment, ridden for fun and transport, and aided friends and family with repair and maintenance. For many years, it was just a side-interest. Then, in 2018 he was in an accident that made standing and walking difficult. The recovery was relatively quick, and he is very lucky to be as healthy as he is, but the experience pushed him to work hard to be mobile. He remembers the first thing he did after he was able to move around with crutches was to teeter precariously in the garage and build up a suitable road-bike. Soon, he was back in the saddle and able to enjoy the freedom that he had craved so much. The experience rejuvenated his passion for cycling, but more importantly, forced him to see the value it can bring to everyone on two wheels. A bike is not only a way to get around: it’s a road to recovery, a means of self-expression, and ultimately, it’s independence.
Andrew Kinnen – Vice President
A life long cyclist, Andrew retired after 30+ years at Sherwin-WIlliams and is now spending his time volunteering with a variety of community organizations. At SW Andrew leveraged his Business Management degree from Ohio State and progressed through a diverse series of roles in Sales, Sales Management, Marketing, New Product Development and retired as a Senior Director of Marketing. Strictly a road biker, Andrew is glad to get more involved with the cycling community in NE Ohio.
Rick Andersen – Secretary
Rick is retired from a career as an engineer manufacturing Energizer/Eveready batteries. He specialized in machine and process automation and controls for manufacturing facilities worldwide. Rick enjoys endurance rides, mountain biking, and bike touring, as well as skiing, sailing, and canoeing. In his spare time, he also does wooden boat woodworking, has built several canoes, and enjoys working on bikes. He is excited to be involved with OCBC both from a selfish aspect (learning) and being able to give back to the community. At the co-op, Rick has enjoyed participating in Fixathons, working on bikes, and getting to meet new people.
David grew up in a cycling family in England and has been around bikes as long as he can remember. His parents and grandparents were club cyclists and raced time trials in the 1940s-60s. After retiring from a career in financial services, IT and operations management roles, David was looking for a way to give back to the community while doing something that he enjoys. Volunteering at OCBC enables David to support a valuable community resource while learning useful skills. Doing this in a way that encourages cycling in Cleveland and provides affordable transportation to those who have limited resources gives added meaning to the work.
Theresa is an active member of the Northeast Ohio cycling community and excited to contribute to Ohio City Bicycle Co-op. She is a 3rd year teammate of Stelleri Performance Training, an all-female bicycle race team; a founding member of BADASS (Bicycling and Diversity Alliance, Safe Space), commuter and thru-cyclist. A native to Akron, she enjoys riding around the Cuyahoga Valley National Park. As a software project manager, she is excited to lend her skills to Ohio City Bicycle Co-op and the Northeast Ohio cycling community to encourage unity amongst diverse ridership, independence in transportation, and environmentally-sustainable practices.
Julia realized her love for volunteering at the age of 8 when she began helping at a soup kitchen on Cleveland’s west side and later traveled to volunteer with Habitat for Humanity for a week in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Julia is a graduate of the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies with a minor in Sustainable Urban Development. She worked as the Neighborhood Associations Development Intern at Bellaire-Puritas Development Corporation while she was a senior at CSU. Following graduation, she moved to San Francisco to work as a Volunteer Coordinator through the AmeriCorps VISTA program and was placed at a nonprofit serving those experiencing homelessness in the city. Julia currently manages the Graduate Support Program at the Neighborhood Leadership Development Program in Cleveland.
A bike addict since he was six, Harvey raced in college, and he and his wife bike-toured a lot afterwards. They’ve belonged to touring and advocacy groups everywhere they’ve lived since then. They are also long-time tandem enthusiasts. Harvey developed and taught a successful adult bike overhaul course. He has also done all his own bike overhauls and maintenance for decades, including some frame repairs, and built his current road frame (vintage steel). Volunteering at OCBC allows Harvey to share what he’s learned and to help build a better community.