After you have fixed one of our recycled bikes, you may purchase it. See the recycled bikes page for more details on how this works.
Yes. Simply come down to the shed during our opening hours and become a member. You can then repair your own bike using our tools. We have volunteer mechanics available if you need help or advice
No. We are not a bike shop and will not fix your bike for you. However, we will happily instruct you on how to fix your bike.
No. We are not a bike shop and do not repair bikes, we teach people how to repair bikes themselves.
All children under the age of 18 must be supervised by a legal guardian at all times and their guardian is responsible for their safety. We are not legally allowed to take on that responsibility.
We have these rules about children for 2 reasons:
1) The shed is a busy and potentially hazardous place and we do not have the resources to provide younger people with the supervision they will require to have a safe and enjoyable time at the shed.
2) Victorian legislation requires that all workers directly involved in supervising children must have a Working With Children check (WWC).
If we allowed children at the shed that would require all of our volunteers to maintain a current WWC; as we don't think the shed is a safe place for children we decided that requiring a current WWC for every volunteer is not required or even sensible.
These rules about children are not negotiable under any circumstances.
No. We have found that paying for bikes and giving credits and discounts for bikes encourages bike thieves. We never pay for bikes, or accept trade-ins for bikes or parts. There are no exceptions allowed to this policy.
New volunteers are always welcome, no matter how much experience they have with bicycles. Just come down to the BikeShed and tell one of the volunteers you would like to get involved.
Donations are always welcome, but we prefer you drop off bicycles or parts during our opening hours of Fri, Sat, and Sun, 11am to 5pm. If we aren't open, just prop them against the door to the shed.
Unfortunately not, We are a small volunteer run organisation and do not have the resources to pick up bikes. Your local Op-shop would welcome the donation, or alternatively list them on Freecycle
Maybe, maybe not. We have many, many parts and a small number of frames, but like a secondhand bookshop or trash and treasure market we do not keep a detailed inventory as doing so would be extremely time consuming.
Please bring your bike with if you are looking for parts. We cannot be sure a part will fit your bike unless you bring the bike with you.
No. Nyet. Nada. Not at all. How many ways can we say this? Tools are never to be taken off the premises by anyone, including BikeShed volunteers and CERES staff. There are no exceptions allowed to this policy.
The shed is run by "The Bicycle Recycle Shed Inc.", Association Number A0054282G (VIC). We are an "on-site" group at CERES, [translation: we are tenants at CERES].
The shed was built by the Bike Shed members over several years. Please see the history page for the full story.