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Open House 2015 = a huge success!

Our Spokeasy Open House took place on Thursday, March 5th and it was a great night! We estimate that over 150 people attended to enjoy the live music, food, cash bar, silent auction and to learn all about the Bike Co-op. We were excited to see so many new faces and to share the Bike Co-op’s space and mission with all of our guests.
We would like to extend a huge thank you to all of the volunteers, sponsors and donors who made the event such a success. As with all Co-op events and activities, we wouldn’t have been able to do it without all of the support from the community.

A special thanks to: Reach Healthy Communities, our main sponsor, for all their support. Additional thanks go to Bigfoot Yancey for providing the entertainment, Powerhouse Brewing Company for the cash bar, Jimmy John’s for donating sandwiches, Columbus Food Co-op and Ashlynn Leigh Cakes for desserts, Greg Jones for his photography services, Columbus Regional Hospital for printing our posters and to Samantha Smith for our fantastic poster design. Another big thanks to our silent auction donors: Reach Healthy Communities, Columbus Regional Hospital, The Bicycle Station, Columbus Cycling & Fitness, White River Running, Columbus FIT, Deidre Nabors, Dennis Baute and Lesli Lanteigne.

We hope that with increased awareness of Columbus Bicycle Co-op, our mission and programs, we can increase donations of bikes, the number of bikes adopted out, the number of people signing up for (and completing) our Earn-a-Bike program and attract more volunteers.

Here are a few snapshots from the event:

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Open House Reminder – March 5th 6-8pm

We’re looking forward to our big Spokeasy: Open House Party tomorrow at the Bike Co-op from 6-8pm. Admission is free, so bring the whole family to enjoy the free appetizers, desserts, cash bar and live music from Bigfoot Yancey! You can also expect a photo booth, tours of the Bike Co-op, a fun ‘light bike’ activity for kids, and a silent auction with some great items.

We have received donations for our Silent Auction from Columbus Regional Hospital’s gift shop, Reach Healthy Communities, Columbus Cycling & Fitness, Columbus Bicycle Station, White River Running, Columbus FIT, Deidre Nabors and more! Some wonderful repurposed bike crafts and jewelry, made by our very own volunteers, will also be up for grabs.

A huge thanks to our major sponsors/donors: Columbus Food Co-op for providing desserts, Columbus Regional Hospital for donating for our Silent Auction and printing all our posters, Powerhouse for providing the cash bar, Jimmy John’s for donating food and Reach Healthy Communities for all their support and funding. We’re also excited that Ashlynn Leigh Cakes has once again donated some wonderful treats for you to enjoy.

We’re looking forward to enjoying another great party this year with all of our volunteers and supporters! Hope you can join us!

Spokeasy: the Bike Co-op's 2nd Annual Open House Party

Spokeasy: the Bike Co-op’s 2nd Annual Open House Party

CLOSED Sunday March 1st 2015

We will be closed today, Sunday March 1st, due to the weather conditions. Stay safe and warm and we’ll see you all next week!
Apologies for any inconvenience.

Spokeasy / Open House Party – March 5th 6-8pm

We’re looking forward to our upcoming Spokeasy themed Open House party on Thursday, March 5th from 6-8pm at the Bike Co-op.

The Columbus Bicycle Co-op has a lot to celebrate! We’ve accomplished a lot in the last year, including achieving our official not-for-profit 501(c)3 status in 2014!

We are throwing a party to thank the many people who help keep the Bike Co-op running, as well as to help attract new patrons and volunteers and spread the word about our programs and services. Join us on Thursday, March 5th from 6-8pm at the Bike Co-op, located in the United Way building at 1531 13th Street in Columbus, Indiana. Bring a friend!

Party guests may dress up in clothes from the 1920s, or simply enjoy the “spokeasy” (think speakeasy with bikes) themed decor. Expect free food, a cash bar as well as LIVE music by the wonderful Bigfoot Yancey at this fun event. Visitors can also enjoy tours of the Bike Co-op, crafts made from repurposed bike parts, and a silent auction including items from both local bike shops, The Bicycle Station and Columbus Cycling and Fitness.

We want to extend a huge thank you to our main sponsors, Reach Healthy Communities, Powerhouse Brewing, Columbus Regional Hospital and Columbus Food Co-op. Another big thank you to those who have donated items for our event, including Ashlynn Leigh Cakes, White River RunningThe Bicycle StationColumbus Cycling and Fitness, Columbus Fit, Deidre Nabors, Dennis Baute, and Lesli Lanteigne. Finally, thank you to Samantha Smith, who created the fantastic poster below.

Spokeasy: the Bike Co-op's 2nd Annual Open House Party

Spokeasy: the Bike Co-op’s 2nd Annual Open House Party

Bike Maintenance & Repair Classes: January – March 2015

More exciting news from the Bike Co-op: We are offering a series of 6 classes on Bicycle Maintenance & Repair this Winter! Join us for as few or as many of the classes as you like.

The classes will be offered on Thursday evenings from 6:00-7:30pm:

Jan 29th – Basic Bike Repair & Maintenance
Feb 12th – Brakes: Adjustment & Cable Maintenance
Feb 19th – Derailleurs: Adjustment & Troubleshooting
Feb 26th – Cup & Cone Bearings: Adjustment & Overhaul
Mar 12th – Bottom Brackets: Adjustment & Overhaul
Mar 19th – Headsets: Adjustment & Overhaul

The suggested donation to attend is $10 per class, $25 for 3 classes, and $50 for all 6 classes. If you can’t afford it, please don’t let the cost be a barrier to expanding your bike repair knowledge. Donate as much as you can. If you want to learn, then we want to teach you!

These classes are FREE for all of our regular volunteers – those who regularly sign up for shifts as a Shop Monitor, Greeter or Volunteer Supervisor.

Contact us at to RSVP or to get more information.

Please see the event poster below: