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Craft Night – November 15th

Join us for a make and take craft night on November 15th!

Want to make some Christmas gifts?
We have lots of bike parts that can be re-purposed for various projects.
We will have some crafting-specific supplies to share (beads, jewelry parts, glue, etc.). You are also welcome to bring your own.

At the Bike Co-op, located at 1531 13th St, from 5:30-8:30pm on Sunday, November 15th.
The suggested donation for this event is $5 per item you take home but, as always, don’t let the cost stop you from attending!



Fall 2015 Classes are Coming!

Join us for our ever-popular bike maintenance and repair classes!

They will be held Monday evenings at the Bike Co-op (basement of 1531 13th St, Columbus, IN) from 6pm-8pm. You are encouraged to bring your own bike.
Classes are a suggested $10 donation per session, though we do not want anyone to feel unwelcome if unable to pay.
Tell your friends, co-workers, riding buddies, and neighbors!

  • Mon., September 14     Basic Bike Maintenance
    Common issues, cleaning, and fix a flat!
  • Mon., September 21     Brakes
    Troubleshooting, adjustments, and common brake types.
  • Mon., September 28    Derailleurs
    Shifting or gear problems? Troubleshooting and adjustments will be covered.
  • Mon., October 5    Hubs & Bearings
    Learn to adjust and overhaul your bike’s bearings.
  • Mon., October 12    Bottom Bracket & Crank
    Common types and differences will be discussed.  Troubleshooting, installation and adjustment.
  • Mon., October 19    Headset, Handlebars & Stems
    Basic use, adjustment, and troubleshooting.
  • Mon., October 26    Wheels: Part 1
    Wheel truing, measuring spokes for wheel build and replacement.
  • Mon., November 2    Wheels: Part 2
    Wheel Building.  Build a wheel!
    Students attending this class are HIGHLY encouraged to attend Wheels: Part 1.

  • Mon., November 9     Wheels: Part 3
    Continuation of Wheel Building, if needed.

Bike Theft

We care about helping you prevent your bike from being stolen. That’s why we put together our Bike Theft Card (2 pages, printed copies are available at the bike co-op).

Bikes are easy to transport and hard to track, making them a prime target for people who want to steal them – either to ride themselves or to re-sell. But you can prevent bike theft and learn what you need in order to improve your chances of getting that bike back!

According to the Columbus Police Department, 74 bicycles were reported stolen in 2014. Many more were unreported, possibly because victims did not have the required documentation (serial number!, make, model, other details).

There are a couple of things to keep in mind: prevention, reporting, and recovery.

Prevent bike theft:

♦  Most bikes that are stolen were not locked up at the time they were taken.

♦  Invest in the highest quality lock you can afford. We recommend heavy-duty u-locks or heavy-gauge chains.

♦  Take lights and other easily removed items with you.

♦  Always lock your bike frame to a secure, fixed object.

♦  Lock your bike even when it’s in your garage or carport, on your porch or in your yard.

♦  Garage and shed break-ins happen year round. Keep your garage windows covered and doors closed and locked.

Report bike theft:

♦  Always report the theft to the local police department.

♦  But first, if your bike is stolen, you will have to prove it’s yours. Proper documentation greatly increases the odds of recovering a stolen bicycle. So gather your documentation – serial number, description, pictures, etc. The only way to prove it’s yours is to have the serial number!

♦  You can usually find the serial number on the bottom of the bike. You’ll have to flip the bike over to see it.

♦  Take pictures of your bike, the serial number, you with the bike and any parts or accessories unique to your bike.

♦  Fill out the form on the second page of our Bike Theft Card; save it and the photos for your records. Email a picture of the completed form to yourself to ensure you have access to it when you need it.

Recovery of a stolen bike:

♦  After you’ve made the police report, and with the pictures and documentation that you have, inform the local bike shops of the theft. Inform them that if this bike should come in, they should call the police. You may want to make a quick poster or flyer – they’ll need something on hand to refer to if they suspect it’s your bike that shows up.

♦  Inform local pawn shops of the theft, using the same information.

♦  Register the bike with Bike Index’s registry.

Congratulations to our volunteer of the year!

As a primarily volunteer-run organization, we simply can’t state just how important our volunteers are to Columbus Bike Co-op. Volunteers do almost all the work of keeping our shop up and running, and theirs are the smiling faces that you’ll see and helping hands you’ll appreciate when you come visit the workshop.

For that reason, we decided to start giving out an annual Volunteer of the Year award to a volunteer that exemplifies the traits we look for in our volunteers, and who has gone the extra mile to make the Co-op an even better place to visit. It was a tough decision because we have so many wonderful volunteers!

We are pleased to announce that our Volunteer of the Year for 2014 is Don Fye. Don is one of our Shop Monitors (bike repair assistants), and has been a weekly fixture at the Co-op since 2013. His patience, dedication and bicycle knowledge make him a great asset to the Bike Co-op and we are so pleased to have him as a volunteer.

We are always looking for volunteers. If you would like to volunteer at the Co-op or find out more about volunteering, please e-mail us at

Don Fye, Columbus Bike Co-op's Volunteer of the Year 2014

Don Fye, Columbus Bike Co-op’s Volunteer of the Year 2014

Cheryl Wright presenting the Volunteer of the Year Award for 2014 to Don Fye

Cheryl Wright presenting the Volunteer of the Year Award for 2014 to Don Fye

Bike Maintenance Class – June 28th

Our Bike Maintenance Class in May was so popular that we have decided to offer another FREE class in Basic Bicycle Adjustment & Maintenance on Sunday, June 28th from 3-5pm. Bring your bike so that we can customize the class based on the components of your bicycle. We’ll show you the basics and then help you try out your new skills on your very own bike.

Please register for this FREE class by signing up at the Bike Co-op or by e-mailing us at Check out our Facebook event here.

Save money and stay safe by learning how to properly care for your bicycle!