Bicycle Recycle Cooperative
The Bloomington Community Bike Project is a local cooperative that helps people recycle bikes into the community. Whether you have one to give, don't have one and need one, need to fix one that is on the skids, or want to volunteer to help people do all of the above -- this is the place to come!
Build, Buy, or Earn a Recycled Bicycle!
At the Bloomington Community Bike Project there is loads to do. We can help you fix your bike, we can sell you one of our refurbished beauties, or you can volunteer 3 hours of labor and then build your own bike FOR FREE!
Or, you are welcome to work on your own bike with our specialty tools. We also sell parts at discounted rates!!
Non-Profit Volunteer Run
The Bloomington Community Bike Project is a non-profit, volunteer run, initiative which is facilitated by the 501(c)3 corporation,
The Center for Sustainable Living.
Anyone can volunteer, and we are ALWAYS in need of more! Seriously. Even during the winter.
Bloomington Community Bike Project
The bike project is a non-profit, volunteer run, community sustainability project. All of the bicycles are donated by the community, and we jetty the bikes into two different programs.
The first is Earn-A-Bike. This program allows anyone to come in and volunteer three hours of their time cleaning, sorting, or striping bikes. After that you can pick a donated bike to call your own, and use any of our parts and expertise to get your new bike running and on the road. But we don't do it for you; half the adventure is actively learning how to repair your bike in the future.
The second program we have is Buy-A-Bike. From the donated bikes we pick the best-of-the-best and refurbish them for resale at both of our locations. You can find some really great deals, usually from between $40 to $200 dollars. We have had quality Gary Fisher's, vintage Fujis, and hometown Little 5's grace our doorsteps -- only to be tuned and resold to keep the project operating. Remember, we are volunteer run, so all of the proceeds go back into the project for rent, supplies, tools, etc.
Do you have a bike you would like to donate? As long as it is not COMPLETELY rust, we can use it for either program, or to strip for parts for our bins. Now that we mention it, the project needs your old parts and tools that you might have laying around the house. If you can't use them, WE CAN! Please swing by during our shop hours to donate anything. We can also provide you with a receipt for any donation for your tax purposes. The one thing we ask is that you not leave donations outside the projects...they tend to walk away.
If all that seems a little intense, we would like to ensure you that each location is also a great place to hang out and crank on your bike, study our specialty bike books, and talk all things bikes and Bloomington. Everyone is welcome to our specialty tools that most average bikers don't carry at home. Everyone is also welcome to our used parts bin for a what-its-worth-to-you deal. We will gladly take a donation for a used derailleur, seat, wheel, or whatever you can find.
We also sell a selection of NEW parts. While we don't have the most extensive selection around, please browse our parts list for the healthy inventory that we do carry. From tubes, to tires, to chains, to freewheels, we have essential catalog. Again, all sales go directly back into the project!
Please come by! All are welcome! Except kids, we don't like kids. Just kidding, all children under 13 are welcome as long as they are accompanied by an adult. Although we are a pretty fluid organization, we do have a few policies set in place. Check our policy page for more information. See you soon!