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We offer mechanical training, as well as volunteer opportunities to practice and reinforce what you learn. We know that practice makes perfect, which is why we have plenty of bikes that don't belong to anyone ready to be your learning tool.
In addition to our mechanical training we also offer riding classes. While most people know how to balance and pedal, we teach what people need to know to be safe, be prepared and comfortable to start commuting. Regardless if the last time you rode was yesterday or yesteryear, we have a class to fit your needs.
We even help people learning to ride for the first time, young and old. The process is fairly simple: lower the seat so your feet are flat on the ground, take off the pedals, and then kick and coast around a parking lot for a few hours. This separates the balance from the pedaling, once someone can coast as far as they can kick -- they are ready for to put the pedals back on.
Community Bike Shops
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At these locations bikes are used bikes are donated, refurbished by volunteers learning how to work on bikes, and then redistributed through our Bikes for Goodwill Organizations referral program. Donations of kids bikes and the Community Bike Shops are also used for our Earn-a-Bike programs and holiday bike drives.
Last but not least, we open the Community Bike Shops up to the public for DIY nights, where people personal projects like buying a bike (or volunteering for a bike), finding parts, or getting help working on a bike abound.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Can you pick up donations?
A: No, we don't own a truck.
Q: When can you accept donations?
A: We accept Bicycle and Part donations in any condition whenever our shop is open.
Q: Do you do bike tune-ups?
A: No, but we can show you how to do it yourself (DIY). We provide the the Tools and Expertise you need. Depending on avaliability, we also have used bicycles and parts for sale.
Q: Do you sell bikes?
A: Yes we do. Bikes are first and foremost, given to our Bikes for Goodwill Organizations program. However we do sell the left over bikes to keep the lights on. NOTE: Road bikes and cruisers are in the highest demand, so we don't get that many donated and they don't stay on the rack for more than a day or so.
Q: I don't have any money, can I still use the shop or get a bike?
A: Of course! We just ask you volunteer instead. You can volunteer (ahead of time) at a rate of $5 per volunteer hour for used parts and/or bikes. Again, volunteering is done before you get the bike or parts, no IOUs.
Q: Do you buy or trade bikes?
A: No. To avoid the laundering of stolen bikes we do not buy or trade bikes, no exceptions.
Q: I am at one of your info tables at an event, can I use a credit card?
A:Yes! As long as you can hit this form...
Valet Bike Parking
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Valet Bicycle Parking may sound like a strange idea, but it is actually really handy. Downtown Salt Lake City has tons of events, and parking a car is always a nightmare. Of course this means smart people ride their bikes and take TRAX instead.
This does bring up a problem, with that many people around, how do you keep your bike safe? The answer is simple, you leave it with someone who will watch it -- and that is where we come in.
The Bicycle Collective provides a safe way to ride to your favorite downtown events. If you or the event you are planning could use Valet Bicycle Parking feel free to contact us.
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Youth Programs at the SLC Bike Collective have a beautiful way of tapping into the natural love children have for bikes, getting them out of their usual old routines, broadening their horizons with the seeds of healthy lifelong habits.
Our Earn-A-Bike classes teach repair and safety while instilling a sense of self confidence and pride. We teach in a way that promotes a sustainable and healthy lifestyle.
Our students take apart and then learn how to rebuild a bicycle from scratch using the proper tools and techniques under the supervision of role models who double as qualified mechanics. Students will leave with a fully functioning refurbished bicycle at no cost to them -Just DIY and FUN!
The program consists of youth ranging from 8-17 years old meeting for 6-8 week sessions twice a week in 1-2 hour classes. We work with various after-school programs such as Youth City and Boys and Girls Club.
Trips for Kids®
Trips for Kids® Salt Lake City was Established in 2008 with the realization that too many youth grow up in the valley without experiencing the abundance of natural beauty and fun that our local mountains have to offer. Our goal is to get these youth outdoors and share with them an appreciation for nature, exercise, and mountain biking.
Trips for Kids rides consist of 2-5 hour trips, meeting up to 14 youth at a given trailhead, and teaching them how to mountain bike. We provide the mountain bikes, transportation of bikes, water bottles, Cliff Bars, first aid, experience, and instruction. We work with after-school programs, elementary/high schools, and Boy Scouts of America to name a few.
As a community bike shop we rely on you, the volunteer, to keep each and every Bike Collective program going. We are always looking for Earn-A-Bike Instructors and Trips for Kids Ride Leaders. No experience necessary, just a love for teaching and mentoring. We provide volunteer instruction so that you have the necessary skills to teach.
Many thanks to our dedicated volunteers and sponsors - we can only accomplish what we do with you!
For more information about our youth programs & volunteering:
Earn a Bike DirectorHailey Broussard
Trips For Kids Director Evan Mitchell
Here are a few of our sponsors:
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