Online Education Survey

Due to COVID-19 health and safety guidelines, the Bike Kitchen is re-designing some of our programs so we can continue to serve you.

We would like your input on the type of online or virtual educational content you would like to see. Please let us know by taking this survey.

We thank you for your participation.

We Miss You!

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 info@sacbikekitchen.org for an appointment. If you require pick up or are a retail bike shop, please continue to email us at donations@sacbikekitchen.org.

We have also temporarily broadened our guidelines for our financial donations to the community and made donations to Sacramento Food Bank, River City Food Bank, Central Downtown Food Basket, WEAVE, Stanford Settlement, Saint John’s Program for Real Change, and Washington Neighborhood Center. Please visit their websites for more info if you are able to donate! If you have a suggestion for an org that needs support due to the COVID crisis, email us at info@sacbikekitchen.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!

CLOSED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE

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 the safety, health, and well-being of our patrons and volunteers.

While we have not had a case in our building or people, for the potential safety of everyone, SBK will be closed starting this Saturday, March 14th in response to the Coronavirus. At this point, the shop will remain closed for the rest of March, after which time we will re-evaluate.

Please hold off on all bike and part donations until after we re-open.
Thank you for your understanding.

CLOSED Tues., March 10th

SBK will be closed Tuesday, March 10th, for our first monthly volunteer appreciation staff ride of the year.

Regular shop hours will resume Wednesday, March 11th, at 6pm.

CANCELED – Spring Bike Sale!

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELED DUE TO RAIN AND VIRUS CONCERNS. WE HOPE TO ANNOUNCE A NEW DATE SOON.

All bikes under $200 will be priced half off Saturday, 3/14/20 ONLY! Select AS-IS bikes will be $10 and select frames will be $1! Deep discounts will be given on parts! Car racks, trainers, and other things we need out of the way will be practically given away!

Come buy a bike or two and help us clear up some space in the shop! Please!!!

Bikes are in varying states of repair and sold AS-IS! All sales are final. No holds or trades. This will be a sales only shift; no shop time will be available. KIDS BIKES ARE FREE (kid must be present).

CANCELED-Upcoming Class: Drive Trains, Part 1

UPDATE: This class was canceled due to the current shop closure and will be rescheduled at a later date.

Join us for our hands-on maintenance class that will teach you how to adjust your bike’s gear shifting system to improve shifting reliability and diagnose common problems like chain skipping. The skills you learn in the 2-hour class will help you:

  • Learn key steps to adjust your rear derailleur*
  • Check how worn your chain is and how to replace it if needed
  • Diagnose common issues that relate to sluggish shifting, chain skipping, and rubbing noises coming from the drive train.

If you have your own bicycle we encourage you to bring it, but we will provide shop bikes for students to practice repairs on.

Class location and date:

Sac Bike Kitchen
Monday, 3/23/2020, 6:30pm-8:30pm

Cost to Attend:

FREE (excluding parts if applicable)

Other things to know:

  • The purpose of all SBK classes is to *teach* you how to perform bicycle repairs. Therefore, we cannot be held responsible for any damage your bicycle may incur during the class nor can we guarantee that you will have a functioning bicycle at the end of the class, especially if your bicycle was not functioning properly prior to the class.
  • We have experience working with a variety of bicycles, but not all of them! If you surprise us with some exotic machine we’ve never seen before we’ll be happy to take a look at it and may even want to take some pictures, but we can’t guarantee we’ll know what’s best for it mechanically.
  • *Front derailleur adjustment will happen in a future class, likely in April. Stay tuned for more information!

Interested?

Great! Please RSVP to classes@sacbikekitchen.org