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Working Bikes

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
Members: 127
Latest Activity: Oct 20, 2014

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Comment by h' Zerocats on February 21, 2014 at 1:48am

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:

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.


Howard K

*Pending final confirmation with owner-- slight chance of location change-- should know before Sat 2/22.

Comment by Alan Lloyd on December 3, 2013 at 12:57pm

Bjorn: you are always welcome to come along and volunteer, see the web-site for details - or, tomorrow, we are filling a container with bikes bound for Ghana!

Comment by Skip Tooth on December 3, 2013 at 10:55am


I would like to pledge my support to Working Bikes and all of their brilliance and efforts.  

Thank you,


Comment by Amanda on January 27, 2013 at 10:30pm

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! 

Comment by Juan Primo on November 15, 2012 at 3:29pm

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?

Comment by h' Zerocats on November 14, 2012 at 2:22am

Hiya folks,

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.

Details here:

Comment by Paul Fitz, Scrabblor on April 8, 2011 at 12:39am
Working Bikes Inaugural Service Department Opens Wednesday, April 13!

That's right, for the first time in its history, Working Bikes is opening a full service repair shop, to do everything from flat fixes and spoke replacements to full tune-ups and overhauls.

New Hours for Sales and Service!
Wednesday 12 -7
Thursday 12 - 7
Friday 12 - 5
Saturday 12 - 5 

The new Service Department features a staff of highly skilled and professionally trained bicycle mechanics, with years and years of experience working with new and used bikes, to help get your bicycle running just like new. 

Stop in and say hello to our friendly and courteous staff, and let us help you find exactly what it is you're looking for. Working Bikes' mechanics work on a much larger variety of bicycles, from over a much longer timespan than most bike mechanics do. Because of this we're a great resource for diagnosing problems and finding parts for old, obsolete or vintage bikes. 

But we're also more than capable of helping repair or troubleshoot issues with new bikes, single speed and fixed gear conversions, high end road and mountain bikes, or really anything pedal-powered.

Come visit the new Working Bikes!
Comment by Paul Fitz, Scrabblor on January 13, 2011 at 10:51pm


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

Comment by Julie Hochstadter on November 27, 2010 at 8:36pm
Comment by Mike Fiasco on May 29, 2010 at 9:09am
Working Bikes will be smiling and waving at Bike the Drive tomorrow. Better yet, we'll be changing tubes, pumping tires, lowering saddles, field-truing wheels, adjusting derailleurs, raising stems, duct taping cable housing, and desqueaking brakes for riders in need.

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