979 East Fifth Ave
Columbus, OH 43201 

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[Open Shop:]
Wed., 6p-9p, Sat.1p-4p

[Volunteering Only Night:]
Mon., 6p-9p

[Womyn/Trans Only Open Shop:]
Last Thurs. of the month, 6p-9p

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Bike! Bike! 2014 is Coming to Columbus, OH!

You are invited to the Third Hand Bicycle Co-op to participate in Bike!Bike! 2014: an annual international conference of non-profit bike collectives, DIY repair shops, and other bike advocacy projects networking and workshopping ways to make our communities better and make transportation by bicycles easier, safer, and more fun!. Third Hand Bicycle Cooperative will host the event over four days, Thursday, August 28th through Sunday, August 31st.

What can you expect when attending the annual Bike!Bike! conference? Community bike projects from all over the continent (and some from beyond) convening to share how they’ve grown, gain new skills, and learn from each other’s experiences.  All weekend Third Hand will host workshops, bike rides, social events, meals and more! 

Post Bike!BIke! we will be embarking on a bicycle tour September 1st (Labor Day, you have the day off, right?). We'll ride the leisurely, mostly bike path, 55 miles to Yellow Springs, OH, camp out, and return Wednesday, September 3rd.  

Volunteers will be needed for many aspects of Bike!Bike! such as cooking and event set up and tear down.  

Additionally, there is a HUGE NEED FOR HOUSING.   We are asking anyone who can or knows someone in Columbus, OH to consider hosting conference attendees by providing sleeping space.  Please click here to learn more and sign up!

Find out more about Bike!Bike! and register at BIKEBIKE.ORG

Like Bike!Bike! on Facebook to find out about the latest happenings and join the events!


  •  Please note all Open Shops and Volunteering Only Night will be cancelled from Thursday 8/28- Monday 9/1.  Join us for Bike! Bike! instead.


Visit Us!


Come visit us at 979 E 5th Ave.  We are currently accepting all bike donations and volunteer help during open shop hours.

Want to help play a part in organizing the shop?  Come to our monthly meetings, the first and third Tuesdays at 7pm.  Open to all!

How can I get involved?

One thing people are always wondering is how to get involved and start volunteering.  Volunteering is a great way to earn $10 an hour equivalent in Third Hand credits to buy used parts and bikes at the shop, make new friends, learn about bikes, and help the community and make a huge difference locally.  The best part?  It's easy and fun!  We foster a positive environment that encourages learning for people of all skill levels and backgrounds.  Here are some things we always need help with:

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Mechanics (learn, and then teach others)
  • Front of Shop Greeter/Information Coordinator/and Cashier
  • Teach a workshop
  • Staff a table at events
  • Create merch (flyers, sticker, shirts, etc)
  • Volunteer on a committee (IT, Shop Duties, Outreach, Financial, Membership)
  • Help us restart our Youth Earn a Bike Program
  • Run scrap and recycling
  • Tidy up shop (ongoing and always needed)
  • Organize a ride/party/or event
  • Be a community liason for THBC (races, events, clubs, rides)
  • Find and apply for funding
  • Raise funds, organize benefits, or any other idea!
  • Have a bike collection drive
  • Run an open shop
  • Create bike art (or any art) for the shop
  • Create and post shop signs (parts signs, tool bins, safety, diagrams)
  • Bring food to open shop (volunteers are hungry)! Or arrange to receive food donations from groceries or restaurants  

So don't hesitate!  The best way to get started is to stop by any open shop and take a tour.  We also will sign off volunteer credit for internships, community service requirements, school credit, etc.  We look forward to meeting you!


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