Frequently Asked Questions
How do I purchase a bike?
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.
Can I fix my own bike?
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
Can you fix my bike for me?
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.
I don’t want to get my hands dirty, have you got any bikes that don’t need repairs?
No. We are not a bike shop and do not repair bikes, we teach people how to repair bikes themselves.
Can my son/daughter come down and fix their bike?
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.
Can I sell you my old bike? Can I trade a bike?
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.
How can I get involved?
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.
How can I make a donation?
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.
Can you pick up my donation?
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
Do you have vintage parts / a frame in my size / fixie wheels / 26.8mm seatpost etc, etc, etc.
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.
Can I borrow tools?
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.
Who runs the Bike Shed
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].
Who Built the Shed
The shed was built by the Bike Shed members over several years. Please see the history page for the full story.