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.
There are 3 different levels of diy bicycle repair available at Our Community Bikes:
1. Tool & Stand Rental Only – 6$ / hour
This one is all about you; you can use all of the public tools at the shop, you get a stand of your own (or a truing stand) and the clock starts when you sign in at the front. There is no instruction provided at this level, so you will be using knowledge you already have or figuring it out as you go. There is a minimum shop charge of 2.50$ for any tool use under 15 minutes.
2. Tool & Stand Rental + Verbal Instruction – 12$ / hour
This one is the same as above with the addition of verbal help from one (or several) of the amazing people that work at the shop. As we encourage self motivated learning in the shop, people opting for this choice should be asking their helper when they are lost/confused or lonely as staff will undoubtedly be multitasking. Ask as many questions as you like, the more the merrier
3. Tool & Stand Rental + Hands On Instruction – 18$ / hour
The last self-help option with assistance is the same as above only your helper will be right in there with you demonstrating the new moves that you’re learning as well as talking you through the repair. We encourage this choice for absolute beginners to bicycle repair as it is the best way to become oriented with the space, the tools, how to use them and general dos and don’t of mechanics.
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.
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$/person which must be paid upon registration. Please come in to Our Community Bikes during regular open hours to register. It is not possible to secure a spot in the class over the phone.
We also instruct Advanced Bike Maintenance courses through HUB’s Streetwise program. Click here for details and registration. These courses are hosted at the PEDAL Depot.
Women On Wheels (currently held at Our Community Bikes due to the Depot being too cold – January 2013)
Another night that we are all stoked to offer is the Women On Wheels workshop nights. Twice a month we open our doors after hours (6:30pm to 9:30pm) to women and trans people in the community to come in and use the shop. The rates and set up are the same as regular shop hours, but we try to make the experience as comfortable and inviting as possible for people who may feel less than welcome in the male dominated realms of cycling and mechanics. Right now Women on Wheels is happening the first and third Wednesday of every month and is usually hosted at Our Community Bikes (though sometimes we like to switch it up and host it at the PEDAL Depot). Please call 604-879-2453 to confirm location.
If you are new to the organization, come to one of our Volunteer Orientations. These are held the second Tuesday of every month at Our Community Bikes. We will give you a tour of the shop, a run down of how the organization functions and hopefully you’ll get a good idea of where and how you’ll fit in. If you are already familiar with the shops and anti-oppressive work drop by either shop and ask a staff member to fit you in the calendar.
Become a Member
Although a membership is not required to use the shop space at Our Community Bikes, it is a good way to save yourself money and support PEDAL. An annual membership can be acquired one of two ways:
1. Volunteer for 10 hours at either shop (to learn more about volunteering, check out our Support page).
2. Pay 20$.
Membership will get you 36$ worth of shop time (so if you bought a membership you’re saving 16$) 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.