Bike Fix-A-Thons & Open Hours

The Crucible’s Bike Shop is dedicated to making bike repair and maintenance more accessible to our local community. Through quarterly Bike Fix-A-Thons and Open Bike Shop Hours, our neighbors and community members can come in for free small bike repairs and maintenance, as well as instruction on how to properly maintain their bicycles.

During quarterly Bike Fix-A-Thons, West Oakland and neighboring community members are invited to bring their bikes to our studio for a tune-up.

Our next Bike Fix-A-Thon is scheduled for Sunday, December 12, 2021.

We are able to accept up to 30 bikes, first-come, first-served. Participants will leave their bikes at The Crucible during the time of service and will be available for pick up upon confirmation the week following.

Open Bike Shop Hours

The Crucible is launching Open Bike Shop Hours with the goal of improving access to bike education opportunities for adults. 

Our first Open Bike Shop Hours are scheduled for Thursday, September 23, and Thursday, September 30 from 4-8pm.

Folks are welcome to drop in for free instruction on maintaining their own bikes. Open hours are perfect for tackling flats and tune-ups where the individual wishes to learn about and be involved in the process. No previous mechanics experience is necessary!

We will also have a limited number of slots per week for bike repair drop-offs on a first-come, first-serve basis. Drop-off repairs may take 1-2 weeks to complete.

Masks are required when dropping off bikes

Do not come to The Crucible if you are feeling unwell or anyone in your household has been exposed to COVID-19 in the past two weeks. Please refer to our Health and Safety Guidelines if you have any other questions about our studio protocols.

Have questions? Please contact info@thecrucible.org or call 510-444-0919.

Location

The Crucible
1260 7th St. Oakland, CA 94607

Please come to the back of our studio at the corner of 8th and Union to drop off your bike.

Masks are required when dropping off bikes.

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What we DO NOT fix:

  • Electric Bikes
  • Hydraulic Brakes
  • Derailleur Hangers
  • Welding/Repairing Damaged Frames
  • Broken Internal Gear Hubs

Mark your calendar for these 2021-2022 Free Bike Repair dates:

All dates are subject to change based on new or updated COVID-19 recommendations from the Alameda County Public Health Department.

  • Thursday, September 23, 2021, 4-8pm
  • Thursday, September 30, 2021, 4-8pm 
  • Sunday, December 12, 2021
  • Sunday, March 13, 2022
  • Sunday, June 19, 2022

Check out some of the Bike Fix-A-Thon magic!

Earn-A-Bike Program

The Earn-A-Bike Program provides West Oakland youth ages 10-18 with hands-on experience in welding and bike mechanics. In this four-week program, youth work with Crucible faculty and volunteer bike mechanics to fix donated bikes, repairing two and keeping one. The other bike is sold to raise money to support our Bike Program.

Participants can apply for this free program on a rolling basis with sessions running throughout the year.

APPLY TO EARN-A-BIKE