The Community Workshop

The Workshop

The GObike Community Workshop is a space for people of all ages and abilities to learn bike repair skills and purchase low cost refurbished bicycles. Supported by our members, and made possible through bicycle donations from the community, the workshop has played an important role in carrying out the mission of our organization for over 15 years.

 

A Shared Space Focused on Education and Bicycles

At the community workshop our friendly mechanics teach you hands-on bicycle repair skills during our open workshop hours and Sunday classes. We even have classes on how to ride a bicycle for children and adults.

Everyone regardless of skill level is welcome to stop by to volunteer with us during our open shop hours or just stop by and ask us questions about all things bike related in Buffalo.

The workshop serves as a place to donate your old unwanted bicycles so that they can find a new home. We also sell bikes, parts, and accessories as well as do service and repair by appointment. We do our best to bring people together through bicycles.

Here’s what people are saying.

These are some comments we’ve received on our workshop. Add your comments to the mix. 

Katie Rose Boissonneault |

Great community spirit, kindness, and practical help! I came to G)bike workshop on Colvin Ave about a month or so ago… looking for a used bike. All of the staff  were eager to help me find a bike, fix it up, and get it out on the road! I ended up buying a Bianchi off of Craigslist and then fixing it /tuning it up at the workshop. Each of the staff helped me to work on the bike during workshop hours – I was quickly out on the road – and racked up >200 miles within a few weeks. I honestly did not think that I was ready for this… yet the fun of working on my bike and their encouragement was motivating… and the miles quickly rolled by! It is a great atmosphere! Thank you!!

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Ken Ijichi |

They are simply the best. I’ve bought used bikes from them when I was a student, went here to get guidance and tools needed to fix my bikes. Very friendly and knowledgeable staff every time!

Thomas Mercure |

We had a great experience. The fella who helped us was extremely knowledgeable, not pushy, and genuinely interested in which bikes were best for my daughter and I. We left very happy with the right bike.

Here’s what people are saying.

These are some comments we’ve received on our workshop. Add your comments to the mix. 

Katie Rose Boissonneault |

Great community spirit, kindness, and practical help! I came to G)bike workshop on Colvin Ave about a month or so ago… looking for a used bike. All of the staff  were eager to help me find a bike, fix it up, and get it out on the road! I ended up buying a Bianchi off of Craigslist and then fixing it /tuning it up at the workshop. Each of the staff helped me to work on the bike during workshop hours – I was quickly out on the road – and racked up >200 miles within a few weeks. I honestly did not think that I was ready for this… yet the fun of working on my bike and their encouragement was motivating… and the miles quickly rolled by! It is a great atmosphere! Thank you!!

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Ken Ijichi |

They are simply the best. I’ve bought used bikes from them when I was a student, went here to get guidance and tools needed to fix my bikes. Very friendly and knowledgeable staff every time!

Thomas Mercure |

We had a great experience. The fella who helped us was extremely knowledgeable, not pushy, and genuinely interested in which bikes were best for my daughter and I. We left very happy with the right bike.

Benefits

Environment

The community workshop is Buffalo’s main hub for recycling bicycles that may otherwise go to the landfill. Each year, we take in hundreds of bicycles and parts, repair them, and redistribute them into the community to be used as healthy environmentally friendly forms of transportation and recreation. This amounts to saving over 10 tons of metal, plastic, and rubber from going into the waste stream annually.

Education

When you enter our shop you will see a sign that says “We are not experts.” We strive to convey the message that we all have something more to learn and to create a space where failing and frustration are not looked down upon but instead are important steps in the learning process. On the surface, it may look like we are just teaching people how to fix and ride bikes, but through education, we are also imparting important lessons on patience, community, persistence, physics, coordination, and success.

Inclusion

We strive to create an environment that is welcoming and conveys the message that biking is for everyone. The community workshop routinely brings together people from all ages, backgrounds, and abilities under one roof to shop, learn, and volunteer together.

History

2010: The organization becomes a 501-c-3 non-profit corporation and the community workshop moves to membership-based operations and hires its first non-Americorp paid staff. The workshop gets its first shop cat. RIP Schrader

2012: Cranksgiving comes to Buffalo.

2013: Starts yearly tradition of bringing folks together to do a massive kid’s bike build to donate to the WNY Holiday Partnership.

2014: The workshop starts offering education classes on Sundays and is able to expand hours for the first time during the summer.

2015: The shop undergoes significant renovations including the removal of the drop ceiling and a fresh coat of paint. We also installed our very first stationary repair stand!

2017: We host our first learn to ride classes for both kids and adults.

2018: The shop starts doing repair service by appointment.

2020: Debut of our online store.

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