Tempe bike co-op
Thursday, June 25, 2009 - 05:38
If you live in the Phoenix Metro area, you have to check this place out.
Bring your bike, tune it up.
If you don't have a bike, bring some cash and start building one.
Have a bike and you don't want anything to do with it?
Either way, you have no excuse not to go to Bike Saviours in Tempe. (Bike "Save-Yours") This is a non-profit that caters to commuters. I go weekly or bi-weekly just to tighten up my trusty bike or fill its tires, and you should, too. If you throw your bike in a rack and work on it with their bike-savvy staff of volunteers, you don't have to pay a dime. Of course, I tip based on the premise that had I gone anywhere else, they would charge an arm and a leg, and I am too cheap to buy a tire-pump or all the tools needed to maintain a bike, so, every Sunday from 12 p.m. - 6 p.m., I go there to tune up my noble steed. I'm even thinking about wearing a wig and some heels so I can get in on Wednesday (Ladies Night), too.
Also, if you need parts, they have a bunch. My girlfriend brought in an old vintage Raleigh and totally brought it back from the dead with parts like tires, tubes and pedals. We took the whole thing apart (with the staff's help of course) and lubed and tightened up everything so now it rides like a dream.
They had all the parts she needed there. Her total was less than $20. You cannot beat this.
And a final note, when I was there, a homeless man brought his bike that got hit by a car and they fixed his broken wheel for free. A couple of lovebirds were building matching road bikes for college. And they recently started teaching classes on building and maintenance. The place is incredible.
So, this Sunday, GO!
601 University Drive
Tempe, AZ 85281
(Entrance on Roosevelt)
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