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Donate Your Old Bike

Every year our Bike Kitchen helps thousands of people learn to fix their own bicycles. We’re able to accomplish this because we have all the parts, tools and knowledge that people need to get the job, whatever it is, done. We can teach people to build a bike from the ground up, to fix the junker they found at a garage sale, or to simply tune up their bicycle or fix a flat. We serve all types of people, and are committed to creating a safe space for everyone.

Bike Kitchen Hours ExpandOne of the ways the Bike Kitchen earns enough money to continue to provide these services is through the sale of gently used bikes. All of the bicycles we sell are bikes that have been generously donated, by people just like you. When a donated bike arrives we get to work, tuning it up with care so that it’s in the best possible shape when it gets back on the road (or trail).

Who Donates Bikes?

All kinds of folks donate bicycles to us. Sometimes when someone buys a new bike they think of us and donate their old one. Every now and then we receive bikes from people who are getting on in years and are focusing on other interests. Many bikes come from people whose eyes are bigger than their storage (too many bikes, not enough space).

Regardless of who you are, we hope that you’re someone who will donate your old bicycle to the Bike Kitchen. We’re usually able to offer a wide variety of bikes for sale, but every now and then donations slow down and the number of bikes for sale dwindles. This is one of those times. Please consider a donation to the Bike Kitchen, and remember that your donation is tax deductible. Just ask us for a form and we’ll gladly provide one to make your write-off as easy as possible.

We accept most bikes, other than “department store” bikes like Next, Roadmaster, Magma, and modern Free Spirit bikes. These bicycles are often constructed with very low quality parts in non-standard sizes and are not designed to be serviceable.

Ready to donate? The Bike Kitchen is open from Noon – 5 PM, each Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Have questions? Call us at 805-547-2055 during Bike Kitchen hours or email tyler@slobikelane.org.

Like Bikes?

Become a member of The Bike Coalition – it’s free to sign-up and we’ll keep you informed every month about bike events and issues in SLO County. Click this link to join: I Like Bikes!

Bike of the Week: Redline

This week we’re featuring this sweet little Redline BMX-mobile. This is a fantastic bike whether you want to cruise around town in style or hit the park.

The top tube is 20″ and the wheels are 20″ with slightly knobby tires for getting RAD!

Ready to ride and available now in the Bike BOTW_BMX_600_LogoKitchen for only $100.

We’re open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from Noon to 5 PM and are located at 860 Pacific St in San Luis Obispo (corner of Morro and Pacific streets).

The Bike Kitchen is a program of The SLO County Bicycle Coalition. We have all the parts, tools and knowledge you need to fix your bicycle! We can help you build a bike from the ground up, fix that junker you found at a garage sale, or simply tune up your bicycle. We serve all types of people, and are committed to creating a safe space for everyone. We have provided guided instruction to over 8,000 people since opening our doors in 2010.

Bike of The Week not your cup of tea? Still looking to buy a gently used, ready to ride bicycle? We sell all kinds of bicycles! Come in and see us!

Have a bike you’d like to donate? Your generous gifts help the Bike Kitchen thrive and give even more people the chance to experience SLO County by bike. Thank you!

 

AMGEN Volunteers Needed!

Volunteer at America’s most prestigious cycling event!

The Amgen Tour of California is a Tour de France-style cycling road race that challenges the world’s top professional cycling teams to compete along a demanding course that traverses hundreds of miles of California’s iconic highways, byways and coastlines each spring. The teams chosen to participate have included Olympic medalists, Tour de France contenders and World Champions.

The race needs 100+ volunteers for the Avila Beach finish (Stage 4) on May 13. Sign up, show up and get some cool swag for being awesome: https://www.amgentourofcalifornia.com/footer/volunteer You rock!

Bike of The Week: Escape

This week’s Bike of The Week is the Escape 2 by Giant.

Built with an ALUXX aluminum frame and a wide range of easy-to-operate gearing, this Escape 2 is a fun, efficient way to get wherever you need to go. Its smooth-rolling 700c wheels and stable frame geometry make it fast and sporty enough for a GiantEscape600fitness routine, comfortable enough to commute or just cruise.

The flat and upright handlebars provide both comfort and visibility while the V-brakes provide powerful and safe stopping.

With 24 gears (3×8) to choose from, you’ll always have the gear you need. Great for someone 5’7″ – 5’9″, this Escape 2 also includes a kickstand, rear rack and front removable handlebar bag.

Available now in The Bike Kitchen for only $250.
We’re open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from Noon to 5 PM and are located at 860 Pacific St in San Luis Obispo (corner of Morro and Pacific streets).

The Bike Kitchen is a program of The SLO County Bicycle Coalition. We have all the parts, tools and knowledge you need to fix your bicycle! We can help you build a bike from the ground up, fix that junker you found at a garage sale, or simply tune up your bicycle. We serve all types of people, and are committed to creating a safe space for everyone. We have provided guided instruction to over 8,000 people since opening our doors in 2010.

Bike of The Week not your cup of tea? Still looking to buy a gently used, ready to ride bicycle? We sell all kinds of bicycles! Come in and see us!

 

Wildflower Volunteers Needed

San Luis Obispo Bike Club Makes A Difference

The San Luis Obispo Bicycle Club was formed 44 years ago in 1971. Since that time they’ve actively promoted bicycle riding throughout SLO County. wildflowerwideThis year, they’ll contribute over $75,000 (including  $50,000 to the Bike Coalition!) to support local bike groups and activities, bicycle advocacy organizations and programs, and the communities in which the Bike Club rides and holds their events.

One of the ways the Bike Club is able to make such generous contributions to the bike community is from the proceeds of the two annual Century rides that they put on:  The Lighthouse Century and The Wildflower Century. Both of these rides take months and months of planning and countless volunteer hours.

You Can Help

The Bike Club is looking for a few more volunteers to help out with the Wildflower Century on April 25th, 2015. Aside from the great feeling you’ll get from volunteering, you’ll also get a free Wildflower Century shirt, an invitation to the Volunteer Brunch and an invitation to the Pre-Ride (you’ll get to ride the course before the actual ride.)

As of right now, these volunteer positions are still open:

Team
Number
Cleanup – Team
2
Food Ordering – Truck Loader Team
5
Stop: Highway 41 – Team Lifting
1
Stop: Shadow Run – Team Lifting
1
Stop: Shandon Lunch – Early Lifting
2
Stop: Shandon Lunch – Late Lifting
5
Stop: Shell Creek – Team Lifting
3

Ready to Volunteer?

The Bike Club’s Century Jobs web page ( https://slobc.org/volunteering/century.html ) is a one stop location to learn about Job Openings, Job Descriptions and the Volunteer Process. Choose a job from those identified as open in the “Wildflower Team Member Report” and then email the “Wildflower Volunteer Coordinator” at ( wildflower-volunteer-coordinator@slobc.org ) to volunteer for the position (please let them know The Bicycle Coalition sent you). The volunteer coordinator will contact you for any information needed to complete your volunteer record.

 

GT Timberline

This week’s Bike of The Week is the GT Timberline XL from 2005/2006. Whether on the way to pick up some groceries, meet friends for coffee or a weekend ride with the little ones, a comfort bike like might be the perfect choice. BOTW_GT_600_FINALA lightweight aluminum frame with comfort specific geometry and just the right gearing keeps you going on the hills and the flats. The shock-absorbing suspension fork will make you think you’re riding on air on-road or off. Available now for $150.00.

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Member Party 2014: Casino Night!

Bikes and Beauty gets Lucky!

Though we love Bike Month more than almost anything, we love our members even more and are wholeheartedly looking forward to June 7th, the night of our Third Annual “Bikes and Beauty” Members Only Party. Last year we had a full-blown fashion show and a great time was had by all. This year we’re hosting out first-ever Casino Night, with food, fun, games of chance and plenty of wonderful prizes!

Membership expired? You have plenty of time to renew online. We can’t wait to see you!

Saturday June 7th
6:00 – 10:00 PM
SLO Grange Hall

If your business or employer are interested in being involved, please take a look at our sponsorship document.

Expanded Bike Kitchen Hours Coming Soon

Working on your weekend project is about to get a lot easier!

Since opening our doors in early 2010 we have had over 6,000 people use the Bike Kitchen to wrench on their bicycles, find parts for projects, and learn the art of bicycle maintenance. A lot has evolved in the space since that time with major improvements to our workspace and organization, yet our hours have remained the same, but things are about to change.

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We are excited to announce that beginning on Friday February 28, 2014 we will be expanding from 10 to 15 operating hours per week with full weekend days as well. With the new hours we can provide more people with the chance to join us and get their bicycles in tip-top shape.

The long awaited expansion of the Bike Kitchen is largely in part to increased support from our volunteers and members who keep our wheels spinning, a BIG thanks to all of you!

In addition to more open hours we are also introducing a tiered pricing system, allowing for half-day ($5) and full-day ($10) pricing options. Bicycle Coalition members still receive 4 free visits as part of their membership – an incredible deal!

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New Bike Kitchen hours as of Friday February 28, 2014*

  • Fridays 12:00 – 5:00 pm
  • Saturdays 12:00 – 5:00 pm
  • Sundays 12:00 – 5:00 pm

*We will be closed on February 26th & 27th in preparation for our new hours.