FAQ

We’re glad that you asked!  We are a non-profit, volunteer-driven community bike project.  Founded in 2012, our goal is to help foster the growing bicycling community in the Dubuque area.

No.  We only accept donated items.

We accept any and all bicycle-related items.  Donated bikes go into one of three streams:  the first is our “checkout fleet”.  These are bike-shop quality bikes that our volunteers tune up and make available for public use (see corresponding FAQ).  Bikes that are in decent shape but are more of the department store variety are tuned up and passed on to other nonprofit organizations within our community for use by people in need.  Any donated bikes that do not fall into one of the aforementioned streams are stripped of useable parts and then recycled.

We have a large stock of used parts and accessories for sale to the public at very reasonable prices.  We often have “vintage” and hard to find items for that sweet project bike you have in your living room.

We have formal and informal maintenance and repair clinics throughout the year and will post these on this website or on our Facebook page.  During our public hours, our shop is open to the public for rent-a-bench.  We also have a mobile bike repair station that we pedal to local community events to perform safety checks.

We also advocate for new or improved bicycle infrastructure in the Dubuque area and promote bicycling as a fun and viable means of transportation.

No.

Let us explain.  We are community bike project – not a bike shop.  We will be more than happy to teach you how to maintain or repair your bike, but we cannot do the work for you – that wouldn’t be very sporting, would it?  If you’re looking for someone to do work for you, we recommend that you support one of the several great local bike shops (LBS) in the area.

“Bike-shop quality” bikes that are tuned-up by our volunteers are available to the public for checkout.  The way this works is a patron can stop in and browse our available fleet.  If there is a bike that suits the patron’s needs and is a relatively good fit, they may check the bike out for up to three months.  This is done by filling out a simple form, showing a valid ID and paying a set deposit (typically between $75 and $200, depending on the bike).  The bike may be returned anytime within the three-month checkout period and the deposit minus a $25 shop fee and any damages beyond normal wear-and-tear will be returned to the patron within a couple of weeks by check via USPS.  If the bike is not returned in the three-month checkout period, the patron takes over full-ownership and forfeits the full deposit.

We’re not going to lie… we have a pretty sweet setup of tools.  Even better is that we want to share them with YOU!    Have a project but lack some of the required tools or expertise?  We offer rent-a-bench – for $5/hour, you can bring your project to the Coop and get access to a stand, tools and the tribal knowledge of anyone in the shop.  In addition to the standard fee, we’re also big fans of pizza, cookies, brownies and cupcakes.

Absolutely!  First, you can ride your bike!  We hear from a lot of folks this vicious rumor that there are some small hills in the area… we call them speed bumps.  In all seriousness, biking is a great way to get around town whether for fun, fitness, commuting to work, or simply rolling downtown to the farmers’ market!  The hills are challenging, but there is no shame about walking your bike up the hill – and if you keep at it, you will eventually ride all the way up (even 3rd St!), which is a fantastic accomplishment – and then you can tell all the other mortals, “meh… Dubuque’s hills aren’t that bad.”  We are working with local governments to designate more bike routes in the area.  The Jule (city bus service) also has bike racks on the front of all buses.

Secondly, you can help spread the word about our work and our mission.  We are here to help and the more connects we have within the community the more we can do just that.

Last but not least, you can VOLUNTEER!  We are always looking for volunteers to help the organization run smoothly.  Opportunities include: mechanics, website/social media, community outreach, bookkeeping/organization.  Contact us for more details.

The one we’re riding.

Easy one.  n+1, where n it the number you currently own.