CoMo Bike Co-op
Armory Sports and Recreation Center
701 E Ash St.
CoMo Bike Co-op Contact:
CoMo Bike Co-op:
The CoMo Bike Co-op is a program and classroom facility located in the Armory Sports Center. Columbia Parks and Recreation manages year-round programming. The Bike Co-op opened Sunday, January 7, 2018. Due to funding constraints, the bike co-op will be open limited hours. Call (573) 441-5495 to verify open hours. The free walk-in repair program will open for service on Monday, June 1. See the details below.
Mission Statement: The CoMo Bike Co-op is committed to increasing transportation independence through bicycle ridership, especially among Columbia’s most underserved individuals.
Free Walk-In Bicycle Repair (enter through the back door of the Armory off Park Ave.)
Bicycle mechanics and volunteers provide general bicycle maintenance and parts including but not limited to flat/brake repair, cable adjustments, and wheel truing. Repairs are limited to supplies and tools available at the time of the repair. Cyclists are encouraged (not required) to purchase items (i.e. brake pads, tires, tubes) from local retailers prior to arriving at the co-op. The walk-in bike repair program provides an opportunity for hands-on learning. No drop-off service. Assistance is limited to one bicycle per person per session. Per ordinance, all bicycles will be licensed with the Columbia Police Department. As of December 1, 2019, Co-op staff and volunteers have assisted over 575 individuals who cycle out of necessity, and who do so on well-worn bicycles that are cheap, yet priceless.
HOURS (closed on holidays and hours are subject to change): Open on Mondays, 2 pm – 6 pm. We will reopen on Monday, June 1 for repairs. Service will be modified to include drop off repairs on a first-come, first-served basis. At this time, a limited number of repairs per day will be offered.
New to You Bicycle Sale…a fundraiser for the Bike Co-op
Saturday, June 6, sale starts at 12:00 p.m. and ends at 4:00 p.m. (or when we’re out of bicycles):
Armory Sports Center, 701 E. Ash. The bicycle sale will be located in the parking lot north of the building, corner of 7th and Park Ave. All proceeds will benefit the CoMo Bike Co-op to assist with repair materials and staff expenses. We will have approximately 50 pre-owned, bike shop quality bicycles of varying sizes to sell. Prices will vary from $50 to $200 with most in the $100 – $115 range. All bicycles have been repaired and are rideable. Local bike shop mechanics will be onsite to offer guidance. Bicycles have been donated to the Co-op over the past year and include the brands: Raleigh, Trek, Specialized, Diamondback, Giant, K2, Univega, Fuji, Gary Fischer, Schwinn, and Klein. All sales are final and merchandise is sold as is. Bike to the Future volunteers will be onsite to provide information and an application to receive a free bicycle via their program in cooperation with Love Inc., details at BikeToTheFuture.Mo.org. Payment: Cash or local check with a valid ID. We’re working on the possibility of credit card sales.
Bicycle Education Classes
The CoMo Bike Co-op serves as a classroom facility offering community bicycle education and maintenance programs. Check this web page at a later date for a summer/fall class schedule.
Have a bicycle to donate? We accept donations of adult-sized bicycles, must be in somewhat working condition, at the Armory (use the back entrance off Park Ave.) on Mondays from 2 pm – 6 pm. Due to space limitations, we are unable to accept toddler/adolescent-sized bicycles. Bicycles that can no longer be safely used for the intended purpose will be scrapped for metal/parts (re-purposed for other bicycles) and/or repaired and given to Bike to the Future for distribution. Donated bicycles or parts are used at the discretion of Co-op staff. Bicycles may be used for fundraising to purchase materials and supplies. Bike to the Future also accepts bicycle donations.
Want to donate funds to keep the CoMo Bike Co-op open? The Bike Co-op gladly accepts monetary and material donations to keep our shop open and staffed. Cash or checks can be dropped off at the Co-op (hours listed above) or to Columbia Parks and Recreation (indicate CoMo Bike Co-op in the check memo line), 1 S. 7th St., M- F, 8 am – 5 pm or mail to P O Box 6015, Columbia, MO 65205.
In need of a bicycle? Bike to the Future is an inter-denominational volunteer partnership designed to provide free bicycle transportation to adults in need. Bicycles are offered to recipients via an application process through Love INC. Requests for bicycles should be submitted directly to Love INC. Call 573-256-7622. The CoMo Bike Co-op works in partnership with Bike to the Future by repairing donated bicycles to add to their inventory of bicycles available for distribution.
Commuting Facts…Did You Know?
- People with low incomes commute by biking and walking far more than more affluent Americans. (Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Citizen Survey)
- Great read, “Those cyclists are men and women for whom biking isn’t an environmental cause or a response to an urban trend but a means of transportation that’s cheaper than a car and faster than walking. “ Most Cyclists are Working-Class Immigrants, Not Hipsters
- Owning and operating a new medium-sized sedan in 2017 will cost a driver an average of $8,171 annually including sales price, depreciation, maintenance, repair and fuel costs. A recent AAA survey found that one-third of U.S. drivers could not afford an unexpected repair bill. (Source: AAA.com)
- Transportation Costs are considered affordable if they are 15% or less of household income.
(Source: Housing + Transportation Affordability Index)
- Bicycling is on the rise across the U.S. Adults are capitalizing on the health and economic benefits of active transportation, while an increasing number of young people are forgoing drivers’ licenses to save money and embrace more walkable, bikeable lifestyles.
(Source: “The New Majority: Pedaling Towards Equity,” 2013 Report, League of American Bicyclists)