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Our Mission

Educating, empowering, and building community by connecting people and bicycles

Our Vision

Valuable connections are made in our community shop among bicycle riders. By learning and sharing bike maintenance knowledge, people learn to believe in themselves and their community. Our programs make the simple technology of these pedal powered machines available to all with the help of the volunteer staff and general skill sharing.

Mobility on a bicycle is an expression of our freedom and equality! We encourage members of the public to participate in cycling as part of a healthy and active lifestyle – not just as a recreational activity, but also as a viable mode of transportation.

Ride safely on the road. Be predictable, aware, courteous, and confident. Keep riding: you are a legal vehicle with the same rights on the road! Download cycling safety tips from the Narragansett Bay Wheelmen and the Greenways Alliance of Rhode Island (via RIDOT’s Bike RI page).

Board of Directors:

Edward Raff, Interim-President
Sandra Victorino, Vice-President
Barbara Bentsen, Secretary
Susan Sparks, Treasurer
James Bentsen
Amye Follett
Kurt Teichert
Nancy Hoffman
Christopher Gambardella
Jack Hartman

Staff:

Gregory Sankey Jr, Director of Operations

Chelsea DeSantis, Open Shop Mechanic & Shop Assistant

Our Community Bike Shop

Our community bike shop in Olneyville Square provides visitors with the opportunity to find affordable bicycles & bike parts along with the help and training to get their bikes on the road.

If you’re looking for used parts, a bike-project to wrench on, a bike to ride, to donate your old bike/parts or to take a class on bicycle mechanics – you’ve come to the right place.

Come for a visit during Open Shop to get your hands greasy, to get your bike tuned-up, to give back to the community or to make new friends!

Our Community

“At RAB, I had the unique opportunity to train with a master mechanic, during which time I built a bike that I use daily. As a committed volunteer, I also spearhead projects and gain experience in leadership.”

Dailen V., Volunteer

“Recycle-A-Bike helped me learn about the mechanical operation of my bike, to “know my bike,” and introduced me to people who are involved in our cycling community. This is a great place for women who enjoy cycling!”

Betty B., Volunteer

“I have always been unsettled by how much waste we create in our world. At RAB, I am able to restore used bikes to complete working condition. I love sharing this experience in the classes that I teach.”

Nick P., Master Mechanic

 

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Location & Hours

Upcoming Events at Our Shop:

Recycle-A-Bike:

1911 Westminster St, Providence, RI 02909

Contact:

Call OR Text (401) 525-1822
Email Gregory Sankey Jr – Executive Director

Email Chelsea DeSantis – Lead Mechanic & Instructor

Open Shop Fall/Winter Hours:

This is when you can visit our shop to donate bicycles, work on your own bicycle with the help of a mechanic, or buy one of our refurbished bicycles!

Tuesdays: 3PM – 8PM

Saturdays: 10AM – 3PM

Youth (under 15) must be accompanied by an adult, individuals between the ages of 15 & 17 may participate after a permission slip is filled out by a parent or guardian.

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Classes & Workshops

Monthly Classes & Clinics

Bicycle Overhaul Course

(formerly Build-A-Bike)
Description:

Bicycle Overhaul Clinic is a hands-on 6-session, 18-hour course that goes into great depth of the most common repairs that are performed in the bike shop. Curious to see the ball bearings inside your hub and headset? Wondering how cable tension improves derailleur performance when you’re shifting? Come on in and find out! This is a bike mechanics class for all skill levels- no experience required.

Participants younger than 18 must be accompanied by a parent – See tickets for youth/parent pricing.

Class Content:

– Bike parts and tools overview 
-Bike assessment & diagnosis
– Patching a flat, replacing tubes and tires
– Overhauling hubs
– Wheel Truing
– Overhauling bottom brackets and headsets
– Adjusting brake systems
– Adjusting shift systems and derailleurs

Classes in this course build on one another, so please try to attend all or as many sessions as you can to stay up to speed with the content.

Class Price: $200*

Flat Fix and Bicycle Safety Clinic

Flat Fix and Bicycle Safety Clinic is a hands-on course to teach you a few basic skills for keeping your bike running in tip-top shape this season. Open to all levels.

We will explain and practice:

  • How to assess different types of flats
  • Appropriate techniques to patch a flat
  • How to perform a full safety inspection of your bicycle

Class Fee: Sliding Scale $5-$15

Basic Bike Maintenance Clinic

Basic Bike Maintenance Clinic is a hands-on course to teach you a few basic skills for keeping your bike running in tip-top shape this season. Open to all levels.

We will explain and practice:

  • Cleaning your bike
  • lubricating your chain
  • adjusting brakes
  • Adjusting shifting
  • maintenance schedules

Class Fee: Sliding Scale $5-$15

Youth Classes

Our youth programs are comprised of basic and advanced coursework on bicycle mechanics, art, math, science and job training. Students learn bicycle mechanics, smart tool use and work habits, hands-on engineering, among other skills. We explore the physics of a bicycle including mechanical aspects of how bikes work, how to repair a used bicycle and how to maintain a bicycle in good working order.

Students also learn important skills of assessment and problem-solving while working on bikes, necessary and useful skills in any field. Other topics covered in our programs include bike safety, fitness, and the social, economic and environmental benefits of cycling. Students will sometimes go on field trips to explore sites like the Woonasquatucket River by going for bike rides on the bike path in Providence and Johnston.
Our courses our tailored to the age range of our students, the duration of time we meet with them weekly, and the total number of classes we meet together as a group.

Interested in signing your youth group up for a class?

Email: education@recycleabike.org for class rates & more information

Teen Build-A-Bike Summer Camp – Coming Soon!

We’re planning out an awesome summer camp for teens ages 14-17. If you’re interested in hearing more about the camp, please fill out this form and we will keep you in the loop!

MET LTI Internship and Youth Mechanics Certification

This internship is part class and part job. Students at the MET High School spend an entire year being taught the skills required to work at Recycle-A-Bike, and then put those skills to use to support Recycle-A-Bike’s operations & mission.

Students learn bicycle mechanics, smart tool use and work habits, hands-on engineering, bike shop/retail operations, among other skills. We explore the physics of a bicycle including mechanical aspects of how bikes work, how to repair a used bicycle and how to maintain a bicycle in good working order. Students also learn important skills of assessment and problem-solving while working on bikes, necessary and useful skills in any field. Other topics covered in this internship include bike safety, fitness, and the social, economic and environmental benefits of cycling. Students will get to explore the Woonasquatucket River by going for bike rides on the bike path in Providence and Johnston.

 

 

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Our Community Bike Shop

Open Shop

Everyone is welcome to drop into our space during our open shop hours.   Visitors can use our bike stands, specialized tools and space to make repairs or do routine maintenance on their bikes.  Used bike parts are available at discounted prices.  The price of new parts are determined by the market rate.

This is a do-it-yourself model, where we take pride in teaching visitors how to make the repairs and adjustments, instead of simply doing the work for them.  Our in-house Master Mechanics are always on hand to provide technical expertise and guidance. You don’t need any mechanical experience to join us, but do be prepared to get your hands greasy. There is a suggested donation of $5/hour.  Anyone may also volunteer during these hours, and time donated helping the shop will earn points which may be traded for parts, or shop time.

 

WTF (Women, Trans, Femme) Nights @ RAB

The first Wednesday of every month, Recycle-a-Bike will host WTF Wrenching Wednesdays This open-shop-style space is available to people who identify as female, transgender, femme, genderqueer, trans-masculine, trans-feminine, or feel their socialization or treatment as a woman/transperson*/femme has impeded their participation in bike mechanics. If you do not identify with one of these identities, you are kindly asked not to attend this shop time.*

This night is a time to bring your own bike project to work on, pick out a project to volunteer your help with or just to tinker and practice working with the tools. No mechanical knowledge or experience necessary- just an interest in learning! WTF Wrenching Wed will maintain a pop-ed learning culture (no one knows everything and everyone knows something), so we hope to create a kind and respectful learning environment. WTF Wrenching Weds were developed in response to an expressed community need for such a space, drawing inspiration from similar programs nationally and internationally. Click here to see our upcoming WTF Wrenching Wednesdays FB Events, or e-mail Chelsea with any questions.

 

 

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