The Working Bikes Cooperative is a not-for-profit tax-exempt 501(c)3 organization which diverts bicycles from the waste stream in Chicago by repairing them for sale and charity.
Location: 2434 S. Western Ave., Chicago, IL 60608
Latest Activity: Aug 27
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I want to thank the volunteers and staff at Working Bikes for teaching me how to refurbish and tune up bicycles. I'm finally feeling comfortable with properly adjusting front and rear derailers.I'm enjoying the volunteer times spent at WB because of all the great people there including the customers who always have great bicycle stories.Having earned from WB, and working on, a Personal Project Bike is a huge plus. Its a 1993 Trek Antelope. I've put well over 30 hours (a whole lot of it at home) of making mistakes and then correcting them. I would never have started something like this if it weren't for the support given at WB.Got myself a great new used bike and the satisfaction of perhaps delivering hundreds of bikes to people needing them locally and around the world.I'm looking forward to the time when I donate the Trek Antelope back to Working Bikes and get myself another Personal Project bike - just for the fun of rebuilding and riding it.
Greetings Pilsen/Little Village cyclists!Please consider yourself invited and encouraged to attend the inaugural meeting of the Pilsen/Little Village bicycle alliance, this Sunday from 4 to 5:30 PM at Harbee's Tavern, 1345 W 18th Street (quiet back room.)*The purpose of the meeting is twofold:1) To see who's interested in having an active organization (PLVBA or whatever you'd like to name it) to work long-term for better conditions for cyclists in our part of town, and what sort of vision we may collectively have.A possible mission/purpose of such an organization can be viewed here:http://bikechicago.info/PLVBA/2) To give Maggie Melin of Active Transportation Alliance opportunity to introduce a new City of Chicago walking/biking/transit initiative called "Go Pilsen."No RSVP necessary but it would be good to get an idea of who's hoping to attend-- let me know individually or per phone/text at 773 710-4143.If you'd like to attend to talk about your own initiative, get petitions signed, etc. I'd definitely prefer that you got in touch first.Thanks!Howard K24/Western*Pending final confirmation with owner-- slight chance of location change-- should know before Sat 2/22.
Bjorn: you are always welcome to come along and volunteer, see the www.WorkingBikes.org web-site for details - or, tomorrow, we are filling a container with bikes bound for Ghana!
I would like to pledge my support to Working Bikes and all of their brilliance and efforts.
I have to say that overall I was really unimpressed with the Chicago Winter Bike Swap (I was looking for parts for a build I am working on), but meeting your staff at the booth saved the whole experience. i would love to volunteer at Working Bikes. Thanks for all you do!
Whereabouts? Is it two blocks north, south, east or west of Working Bikes. In that area, two blocks makes a big difference.
What neighborhood? Pilsen?
Just finishing work on a vintage 2-flat in my block w/ 2 rental apartments (2 blocks from WBC) and hoping to keep it in the bike family.
REGISTER NOW FOR *BUILD A WORKING BIKE* 8 WEEK CLASS -BEGINS 1/24/11-
Ever wanted to build your own bicycle from the ground up? "Build-a-Working Bike" is an 8 week course beginning Jan 24, 2011that offers just that opportunity for beginning and intermediate bicycle mechanics.
Class will meet every Monday evening in the Working Bikes shop space at 2434 S. Western from 6pm-9pm. Participants will choose a bicycle from our warehouse space to fully refurbish. Over the course of the program we will go over everything from deciding on a bike that's right for you, changing tires, overhauling bearing assemblies, and truing wheels. Upon completion, bikes can be bought for 50% of the working bikes selling rate with accompanying parts (upgrades are welcome, but will be priced accordingly).
When: Every Monday from Jan 24th - March 21st (8 weeks, with a week break for Valentine's Day) 6-9pm
Where: Working Bikes at 2434 S. Western
Tuition: $150 (+cost of bike, if buying)
Questions? Wanna register?
Email Paul Fitzgerald at Paul@workingbikes.org
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