Our marquee program engages people of all social and economic means,empowering them to
volunteer and learn basic bicycle maintenance, while earning a FREE bicycle. Participants volunteer 10 hours towards our shop operation, then choose a bike from our selection of earn-able bicycles, and build it up with tools and parts from the shop. Earn-A-Bikers must participate in an orientation before starting and two Learn-A-Bike workshops per bicycle earned. The orientation and workshops will count toward volunteering hours. Volunteer tasks typically include organizing parts, stripping bicycles, building bikes for donation or sale, or generally helping around in the shop.
You can earn your volunteer hours throughout our scheduled Volunteer hours.
If you have a skill or interest that you think could benefit a non-profit bicycle shop, let us know! All volunteer hours count towards earning a bicycle. We’d love your help with things like fundraising, Social Media outreach, or any other skill you want to bring to our organization. We welcome all people to volunteer with us.
Our youth program is similar to our adult program, except youth earn their first bike in five hours and only need to participate in one LAB workshop.
Earned Bicycle 101
New volunteers must come for a short orientation Saturdays at 9:30 am.
Bicycles earned will always need some work in order to be road safe
That work must be done after volunteer hours, and LAB workshops are needed to earn the bicycle.
Please come early during volunteer hours as we do turn away people after reaching capacity for the day.
Time spent on personal projects does not count towards volunteer hours.
Project bikes cannot leave the shop with Shop Manager Approval.
Each Bicycle Earned in a calendar year takes double the amount of hours. 10, 20, 40, 80, etc…
Hours Earned last through current calendar year.
We have limited space to store bicycles, EAB tags will be removed after one month.
*Please be aware that it may take more than one session to finish your bicycle and your volunteer hours. We cannot guarantee that you can take your bicycle home the first time you visit.
If you are a fem mechanic, or are interested in being trained as a Mechanic and are interested in volunteering and running a WTF night please contact us.
Women and Trans Night operates just like our other shop hours, but it is a space reserved solely for women and trans folks. We welcome people with all levels of experience with bicycle mechanics and encourage those who have knowledge to share what they know. We strive to make Women and Trans night as safe a space as possible for learning, socializing, and empowering our selves and each other.
During Open Shop Hours we have bike stands available for anyone to use on a drop in basis. That includes a full array of normal bicycle tools for each stand. And specialty tools like crank pullers, spoke tensioners, hub keys, etc… to use with Shop Manager guidance. We are here to assist you by being facilitators of the space, and will teach you the necessary skills to repair and do maintenance on your on bicycle. But we will not fix your bicycle for you during open shop. We have a full array of new and spare parts for sale, and many used parts are available on a pay what you can basis. We do hope that if you use the space and tools you will kindly leave a small donation at the door.
Once a month WEAB has a bike building day where the trained Mechanics finalize any build for sale bicycle projects worked on during the month. If you are a trained Wrench or want another way to plug in, this is a great way to help the shop continue its operations, as we are self-funded through bicycle sales. Please see the calendar for dates and times.
Please Sign In
During Volunteer shop our staff members will remind you to Sign In. Collecting data about participation provides us with clear information we can put in Grant Proposals that ultimately provide us the funding we need to stay open. Thank you for signing in! If you fail to sign in we will cannot count the hours you were volunteering towards an earned bicycle.