Volunteer Day

The Bike Kitchen is open for volunteering on Wednesdays from 11am-5pm with a midday mechanical workshop from 1pm-2pm only for volunteers! Volunteers help us to recycle damaged bikes, as well as clean and sort reusable components. Volunteers who become proficient with recycling tasks will then graduate to refurbishing bikes for our Bici Libre and Pedals for the People programs.

Bicycle Recycling:

Sustainability and responsible consumption are important parts of the Bike Co-op’s mandate.  We want cycling to be accessible and affordable, so that everyone can cycle as a primary method of transportation.  That is why we recycle and reuse bicycles – not only does it keep bikes out of the landfill, but it also enables us to build bikes out of used parts, keeping our costs low. Much of the bike recycling is done by volunteers at Volunteer Day, through which we engage members of our community in a hands-on way to create a more socially and environmentally responsible world.


How it works:

On Wednesdays, work stands are reserved for volunteers. Volunteers can drop-in at any point during the day without prior sign-up and are assigned tasks based on their previous volunteer experience, mechanical ability, and the needs of the shop at the time.

Volunteer duties include:

  • Stripping Bikes - removing all parts and accessories off of frame
  • Sorting parts - identifying reusable vs. damaged components
  • Recycling damaged parts
  • Cleaning and servicing high quality parts for resale/reuse
  • Prepping bikes for rebuilding

Experienced volunteers refurbish bikes for our Bici Libre program and Pedals for the People, performing such tasks as:

  • Cleaning and checking frame, bar and stem for damage
  • Checking and adjusting bottom brackets and head sets
  • Checking wheels and replacing parts
  • Adjusting brakes and shifting and replacing parts

Workshops (from 1pm-2pm) include:

  • Frame manufacturing
  • Bottom Brackets
  • Headsets
  • Wheel building
  • Internal hubs
  • Compact cranks and modern shifting
  • …etc. etc. etc.