Free Bike Programming at The Crucible

The Crucible’s Bike Shop is dedicated to making bike repair and maintenance more accessible to our local community. Our neighbors and community members are invited to stop by the Bike Shop for free bike repairs and maintenance, as well as instruction on how to properly maintain their bicycles.

Please see below for ways you can get involved with our free bike programing.

Bike Fix-A-Thons

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 Saturday, December 10, 2022, from 12-3pm.

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 

Join us during our weekly Open Bike Shop Hours for free instruction on maintaining your own bike.

Open Bike Shop Hours are scheduled for every Thursday from 4-8pm.

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.

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

Femme Bike Night

Access to free bike repair education is expanding. Femme Bike Night is a diverse, inclusive, and accessible event for folks who hold marginalized gender identities. The Crucible and our Bike Shop is committed to bringing the many diverse faces of our community together to create and inspire.

Femme Bike Nights are scheduled for the first Tuesday of every month from 4-8pm. Our next event is Tuesday, October 4.

Folks are welcome to drop in for free instruction on maintaining their own bikes. This event is available to all community members, free of charge. Anybody can drop in, get their bike fixed, and learn how to do repairs independently all while building community.

Free Flat Fix Clinics at City Slickers Farms

The Crucible Bike Shop is expanding programming outside our studio. Join The Crucible Bike Shop and City Slickers Farms for free education on repairing flat tires.

Free Flat Fix Clinics are scheduled for the first Saturday of the month at West Oakland Farm Park from 12-3pm. The next Clinic is Saturday, October 1.

Please check back often as these dates may be subject to change around holidays and inclement weather.

Have questions about our bike programs? Please contact [email protected] or call 510-444-0919.

PLEASE NOTE: Proof of vaccination is required for everyone 12 and older who wish to enter The Crucible. Masks must be worn regardless of vaccination status.

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.

Mark your calendar for these 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.

Upcoming free Bike Shop events:

  • Saturday, October 1, 12-3pm: Flat Fix Clinic at City Slicker Farms (every first Saturday of the month)
  • Tuesday, October 4, 4-8pm: Femmer Bike Night (every first Tuesday of the month)
  • Saturday, December 10, 12-3pm: Bike Fix-A-Thon

Open Bike Shop Hours run every Thursday, 4-8pm, except on holidays and studio closures.

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.

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