Your fantastic support over the course of the last seven years has given us the opportunity to teach countless people the simple fact that biking can be an enjoyable and cost efficient form of transportation. With your continued support, we are excited to transition from teaching one person at a time to supporting the local people and organizations that share our mission.
Throughout the years we have watched the cycling experience in Tampa improve in leaps and bounds; major bike brands now create more budget friendly commuter bikes available at local bike shops, and these same shops offer repair clinics, showing a commitment to the idea that bicycle repair need not be exclusive know-how. As a result, we feel that it’s time to turn our efforts to connecting those that want to learn with those that want to teach and finding new venues to spread the message that bikes can serve many purposes for many people.
Our last open shop hours will be on Saturday, August 16th from 9am – 6pm. We currently have a garage full of bikes, projects and parts that will need to find a new home. While some of our functional parts and tools will be donated to our friends at the St. Pete Bike Co-op and God’s Pedal Power, there is still quite a collection of weird odds and ends that need to find new homes. As a send-off and huge thanks to everyone that has supported us, we’ll be having a BBQ and Bike Sale on Saturday, August 16th! We are excited to use the proceeds from this sale as our first grant to start and seed a bicycle project at the Well on Florida Ave!
The Co-op as you’ve known it all these years will not exist after this summer, and we will be saddest of all to see it go. However, we want to continue to play a positive and productive role in Tampa’s cycling community, and the support we received from our many faithful members and passers-by alike will allow us to do just that. Our volunteers are working hard on the next projects to come after our transition, and if you would like to stay apprised of updates, watch our mailing list or Facebook. Ride safe, Tampa, and thanks for keeping it DIY all these years.
1: We are closed this Saturday 3/9/13 because we are all going to the Gasperilla Music Fest and next saturday 3/16 for the Cigar City Crit! Sorry for the late notice but these things are almost more fun that bikes
2: On 3/16 there’s a group ride from the shop to the Crit via Velo Champ Bike shop. We are meeting at the shop at 1:30pm, leaving at 1:55 sharp, arriving at Velo Champ at 2:15 and leaving again at 2:45. Both the co-op and Velo Champ will be hauling trailers so this will be a leisurely ride. Be aware, no return group ride is scheduled.
It’s bike month and we’re doing something to celebrate! We’re having another tube patching party. We collect popped tubes from local bike shops, buy the patches and provide everything you’ll need. All you have to do is show up and patch all the tubes you can! It’s our way of saying thanks for being a part of the co-op (it’s also our way of saying we don’t want to throw away tubes with life still in them)
If you’re facebook friendly, you can rsvp, if not- you can just show up.
Where: Tampa Bay Bike Co-Op
When: March 20, 6pm – 9pm
Due to the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, other commitments of our volunteers and the fact that the weather is much nicer to ride a bike than stand around in a shop, the Tampa Bay Bike Co-op will close on Wednesday, December 19 and re-open on Wednesday, January 2, at 7 p.m. We also have a couple plans to spruce up the space over the break. Enjoy the season with family and friends and we’ll see you after the New Year.
TBBC staff and volunteers
We are having our first (and longover-due) volunteer meeting. For everyone that is already involved and for those that would like to be involved, we’ll be having a short talk about the Co-Op. We want to know how well our shop hours work for everyone, areas where we are failing and areas we are doing well; We’ll talk about where all varieties of skill sets fit into the shop and talk to anyone that wants to learn something specific. If that weren’t enough, we’ll be having it with tasty Starbucks coffee and perhaps some pastries.
We’re closed tonight! Sorry for the sort notice, we are currently working on a good excuse. If you haven’t been by recently we’ve been making steady improvements and turning over almost all of our stock. We have new mixtes and ladies bikes in good shape, some trail worthy mountain bikes almost ready and a new trek frame that would build into the coolest all-around bike!
If you’ve been kicking around a bike project, bring it on Wednesday and talk bikes. We’ll either get you set up with parts we have or point you to the best place to buy them from.
A very well written, researched and informative article on Edmunds.com (yep, the car review and pricing folks) about the ten rules to keep in mind to safely share the road with bicycles. Please share this with all your friends.