UPDATE: The Pedal Depot is closed to the public until further notice, as of June 1st, 2014
Please be aware that we do not buy, trade in or consign used bicycles, parts or accessories for the public.
We are open Tuesday through Friday 3-6pm and 12-6pm on weekends to sell some new parts/accessories and help people to fix their bikes. The rest of the time staff are there training and working with volunteers, building bikes both for sale and for the PEDALs for the People program.
Pedal Depot was launched in the winter of 2006. In the middle of July 2009 a dedicated group of volunteers helped to move the Depot yet again (3 times in 2 years) to a new space. We are now at 1830 Ontario St. The Depot functions as an educational space, warehouse and workshop. If you need repairs done, please visit 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 $3.00 for any tool use under 15 minutes.
2. Tool & Stand Rental + Verbal Instruction – 12$ / 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
The Pedal Depot, unlike Our Community Bikes, does not do repairs or any tune ups.
Women On Wheels is now held at Our Community Bikes due to the Pedal Depot being too cold.
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. you can volunteer for 10 hours at either shop (to learn more about volunteering, check out our Support page).
2. you can 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.