The Sacramento Bicycle Kitchen (SBK) is a community-centered bicycle shop serving the residents of Sacramento. The organization was formed in order to promote cycling as a low-cost, alternative form of transportation; enable self-sufficiency through knowledge of bicycle maintenance; and promote bicycle safety through education and classes.
SBK wants to improve bicycling in Sacramento by making bicycle maintenance, repair, and training more widely available to everyone, regardless of skill level. To this end, we provide the space, tools, and staff necessary to help patrons learn how to perform any bicycle repair need they may have, all in exchange for a minimal cash donation. Besides running the bike shop, we also try to offer maintenance and safety classes and community outreach projects.
SBK relies on volunteers and donations to keep our doors open; visit our volunteer page for info on volunteer requirements and our donations page for the why, what, when, hows of donating!
Look for the Ivy near the intersection of 20th & I streets!
UPDATE: We are currently closed until further notice due to the COVID-19 crisis. For updates, scroll down to view our latest blog posts or visit our Facebook page.
SBK’s doors are open during shop hours to anyone who loves and respects bicycling and their fellow cyclists as much as we do!
Sacramento is one of the most diverse communities in the nation. SBK is an organization that is committed to creating an environment that is free from bigotry and hate. Discrimination will not be tolerated and we try hard to maintain an open and safe environment for all. If you encounter someone that goes against this policy, please bring it to one of the core volunteers’ attention.
SBK is still closed for DIY shop work but is now doing sales, donations, and free kids bikes by appointment! Time slot options vary week to week so email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out the available openings and secure yours before they are all gone!
Some things to note:
All bikes and parts are used and sold as-is, no work can be done in the shop prior to or after purchase.
Bikes are in varying states of repair and may not all be able to be test ridden.
We ask that visits are kept as brief as possible and that visitors wear masks and gloves. If you do not have your own PPE, you can get a disposable mask and gloves at the table set up at the entrance. This table also has hand sanitizer; please sanitize your hands before touching anything else.
We are only able to process cash transactions.
We are first come, first served and cannot guarantee that any particular bike that you may have heard about or seen advertised will still be available.
Child must be present for free kid’s bikes.
While we do donation level free kids bikes, not all kids bikes are free. High end or vintage kids bikes may be sales only.
Hey, Sacramento! We wanted to reach out and update folks on what we’ve been up to and what the immediate future holds for the Sacramento Bicycle Kitchen!
Right off the bat, let’s just get the bad news out of the way– We are still closed to the public until further notice and do not have a date set to reopen. As SBK is 100% volunteer run, we rely on volunteer power to complete every task needed to keep the shop running. Most of our volunteers have day jobs and lives outside of the shop that are presently stressed under the current conditions. Some have children/elderly parents/immune compromised folks they live with or care for. Some have health conditions themselves. All these factors make coming in to the shop to work with the public too great a risk for a majority of folks.
As we would never ask our volunteers to compromise their safety, we are prolonging our closure for the time being while we gather more data and see how this thing shakes out. In the meantime, we are working on shifting our services to accommodate the reality we all will be dealing with for the next year or so. Thus far, we have started working in small groups to fix up bikes. These bikes will then be donated to various organizations and possibly sold by appointment or at a one-off outdoor social distance sale. We have already sent several bikes to the newly implemented Bike Match Sacramento program and are currently working on some for IRC Sacramento.
Donations – We have started accepting donations again- by appointment. If you are interested in bringing donations down to the shop, please email us at email@example.com for an appointment. If you require pick up or are a retail bike shop, please continue to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Keep an eye on our website or Facebook page for further updates about possible future sales as well as info on repair and maintenance classes, which we are in the process of transitioning to an online format. If you need a bike now, or have a bike that is ready to roll that you would like to donate directly to a person in need, we encourage you to check out Bike Match Sacramento. Stay Safe out there and we hope to see you soon!
UPDATE: SBK will remain closed until further notice. We will provide an update when we have a re-opening date. Like all of you, we have been closely monitoring the reports of COVID-19. Please know that our number one priority is … Continue reading →