How it works
The Tampa Bay Bike Co-Op is an all volunteer, community run organization designed to prepare cyclists for the road ahead by providing the space, education, tools and parts to maintain and enjoy their own bicycles.
We believe that providing this service, and making it easily accessible, will create a larger, more connected community of cyclists and ultimately a better and safer local cycling environment.
Learn more in the FAQ.
Even if you don’t know anything about fixing bikes, we will find a way for you to help. Just ask a staffer to point you in the right direction. You will quickly learn a lot about bikes just from being here. If you already know a lot about bikes, you may be asked to help customers with their repairs. If you need to earn volunteer hours for school or any other reason, please let us know in advance.
Donate your skills or stuff
We accept donations of any bike parts and tools that you may want to send our way. Some bikes are re-sold, some are re-donated to God’s Pedal Power and sadly, some are stripped for parts. Don’t worry about its condition, we’ll find a use for it.
Mechanics: We are always looking for those who have some mechanical knowledge pertaining to bicycles and who are confident in their ability to help and teach others. If you would like to become a staff volunteer with mechanic skills, we ask that you spend two nights per month working at the shop. In exchange you will receive a free Co-Op membership.
Non-mechanics: You don’t need any mechanical aptitude to help out. There are plenty of things to be done around the shop that don’t involve turning a wrench. If you have the enthusiasm, we have a job for you.
Learn about fixing bikes: If you’d just like to learn a little bit more about how to fix your bike, feel free to stop by and observe. We work each customer through any repairs or modifications and you’re welcome to watch and learn while someone else’s bike is being worked on. We feel the most important skill to have is being able to fix your own flat tires. If you would like to learn how, we have plenty of wheels for you to learn and practice on.
Cash: Hey, we’re not going to say no. It helps pay our bills, buy new tools and supplies and restock consumables like cables, tubes and tires.
Spreading the word: You can download and print our flier, then share it with whomever you’d like. Just keep in mind we love trees just as much as bikes, so go easy on the printing.
Always in demand
We welcome any and all donations both cycling-related and for basic upkeep. Once our legal non-profit status is established, you will be able to make tax-deductible donations.
We are also in need of legal advice. If you have any experience with non-profit organizations, please contact us.
While we thank you all for your generous bicycle-related donations – and please, keep them coming – it takes a lot more than parts to run the Co-Op.