Before writing, please look and see if your question is answered in the frequently asked questions below:.
Will you fix my bike for me? No, we won’t fix it for you. But, you’re welcome to come into our space, use our tools, and get help from a volunteer mechanic to fix your own bike. That help and those tools, plus any replacement parts used are provided to you by the Bike Dump in exchange, hopefully, for a donation.
Can I trade in a bike (or two) that doesn’t fit me properly for one that does? Concern over people trying to “launder” stolen bikes has made us take on a strict policy against trades. You are still free to build yourself a bike that fits you by donation.
When can I drop off donations of bikes and bike parts? You can drop stuff off any time we’re open (see the Welcome page for hours), or during our ‘volunteer-only’ hours, which are Wednesdays from 6-9pm and Saturdays from 12-6. During the day it’s not uncommon for there to be someone working there who could accept them as well, but it’s as likely that the gate will be locked, and it’s best if donations are not left in the parking lot beside the shop, since it belongs to Mitchell’s fabrics next door.
I work for a community centre/school/other organization and would like to bring a bunch of kids down to work on bikes, can I do that during the open hours? Unfortunately, we sometimes only have the capacity to help as few as four people at once during our open hours, so if you bring several kids down, we won’t be able to help anyone else who drops in. We love working with kids, but please limit the number you bring to one or two each day we’re open so that others have a chance to use the space. Make sure to arrive early, also, since we take people on a first-come first-served basis.
Can we set up a separate time that a whole bunch of kids could come down and work on bikes? We are open to and interested in this, but regrettably, probably not. We get a lot of requests for this, and our volunteer capacity is generally pretty maxed out.
If it’s more than a one-time thing, we probably can’t do it unless the mechanics running it are paid a living hourly wage, and even then, it depends on how busy we happen to be at the given time of year. Feel free to write in with a proposal.
For more of that sort of kids-and-bikes thing,
you might also want to contact The WREnCH ( see: http://thewrench.ca/ )
Their email address is: email@example.com
We don’t have a phone, so,if your question isn’t answered above, you’ll have to either show up when we’re open or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org