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Wednesday, June 25, 2008
COMMUNITY BIKE SHOPS
One great way to get your ride in running order is to join a local community bike shop. These places are run by volunteers who can help fix your bike and teach you how to do it yourself at the same time for a very reasonable price. They don't all work the same way and their hours might not be as many as regular bike shops (volunteers remember)but you are sure to find some good help. Community bike shops are also a great place to get your hands on used parts at the fraction of the cost compared to new ones.
Apart from the nuts and bolts, they are a great place to make new friends who share your passion for the two wheeled wonder. If you want, you can also become a volunteer yourself and join them in spreading the knowledge that you've learned. I am listing some shops here that I know of around the world, if I'm missed yours, please email me and I will add it to the list. If you don't have one in your area, I suggest you might look into starting one. I have enjoyed helping out people at the Mile End Bike Garage here in Montreal for the past year and recommend the experience to everybody with the knowledge.
Right to move
Mile End Bike Garage
McGill's SSMU Bicycle Collective
3600 McTavish Street, room B-04
The Bike Kitchen
You can also check out the Bike Collective who list many community bike shops around the world: http://www.bikecollectives.org/
Til next time, ride safe and Godspeed.