Please be aware that we do not buy, trade in or consign used bicycles, parts or accessories for the public.
How OCB works
Our Community Bikes (OCB) is the best known project of PEDAL. It is a full service repair shop, bicycle recycling depot and an educational workspace for people who wish to repair their own bikes or learn how to do so. We encourage people to come in to work with us on everything from fixing a flat time to bleeding hydraulic disc brakes. We have nearly all of the tools, parts and accessories you might need to tweak or complete your dream bike. Our shelves and bins are stocked with new and used parts, and our mechanics do their best to help you figure out with that weird sound is, or why your 10 speed has been acting like a single speed.
OCB also endeavors to be a safe space for all marginalized people which means that we have a zero tolerance policy on homophobia, racism, sexism, ableism, etc. As a collectively managed, non-hierarchical organization there is no owner, boss, supervisor or manager. All staff are mechanics, teachers and students and we are learning and improving all the time as individuals and as an organization. At the shop there is a sign stating our Ten Commandments. If it’s your first time at the shop, or you’ve never checked them out before, please take a couple of minutes to read them over.
Tool & Stand Rental
Our shop rate is now $10-20/hour on a sliding scale, regardless how much or how little instruction you receive. For example if you are here for half an hour, you could give us 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 or 10 dollars depending on what you are comfortable contributing and how you value our services.
We Do It, You Relax
Since we are also a full fledged bike repair shop, there is also the We Do It, You Relax option for those who are either too busy or not interested/able to do their own repairs or learn about them. Our hourly labour rate is $48/hour
Intro to Mechanics
We are pleased to offer an Introduction to Mechanics/Maintenance workshop to individuals interested in learning in a more structured, classroom like way. It is hosted at Our Community Bikes on the first Thursday of every month starting at 6:30pm and finished around 9:30pm. We generally believe that a class of 6 people is the ideal size for effective hands-on learning with a qualified mechanic. The cost is 40$/person which must be paid upon registration. Please come in to Our Community Bikes during regular open hours to register. It is not possible to secure a spot in the class over the phone. [As of Winter 2014 this course is on hiatus to due low enrolment - please call us if you are interested]
PEDAL and HUB are working together to offer a series of 4 Intermediate-level bike mechanics courses designed to teach you about the function, maintenance, and basic repair of bicycles. Take the mystery out of your bike, and learn more about:
- Gears and Drive train
- Hubs and rotational systems
- Wheels and Emergency Repairs
You’ll need to bring your own bike for hands-on learning, and to get the most out of the course! Courses are 3 hours each and held at Our Community Bikes in Vancouver. To register head to bikehub.ca/cycling-education
Women On Wheels
Another night that we are all stoked to offer is the Women On Wheels workshop nights. Twice a month we open our doors after hours (6:30pm to 9:30pm) to women and trans people in the community to come in and use the shop. The rates and set up are the same as regular shop hours, but we try to make the experience as comfortable and inviting as possible for people who may feel less than welcome in the male dominated realms of cycling and mechanics. Right now Women on Wheels is happening the first and third Wednesday of every month and is hosted at Our Community Bikes.
If you are new to the organization, come to one of our Volunteer Orientations. These are held the second and fourth Tuesday of every month at Our Community Bikes from 6:30-7:30pm. We will give you a tour of the shop, a run down of how the organization functions and hopefully you’ll get a good idea of where and how you’ll fit in. If you are already familiar with the shops and anti-oppressive work drop by either shop and ask a staff member to fit you in the calendar.
Become a Member
Although a membership is not required to use the shop space at Our Community Bikes, it is a good way to save yourself money and support PEDAL. An annual membership can be acquired one of two ways:
1. Volunteer for 10 hours at either shop (to learn more about volunteering, check out our Support page).
2. Pay 20$.
Membership will get you $60 worth of shop time (so if you bought a membership you’re saving $40) and the opportunity to come to our Annual General Meeting. Not all members are volunteers, but most regular volunteers are members (having volunteered at least 10 hours). The fourth Tuesday of every month will be a night that is open to PEDAL members. On this night the shop will be open to volunteers and members only. Same rates and rules apply this night as on any other day at OCB. First come, first served.
Support can come in a number of different forms, from donations of cash money (for charitable tax receipts!) to old bikes and parts to snacks to volunteer time, we love it all. We have made a Wishlist that you can check out of presents that we sure could use or our Support page for more information on how to help us continue to do the voodoo that we do.