CoMo Bike Co-op
Armory Sports and Recreation Center
701 E Ash St. (enter through the back door at Park Ave and 7th St.)
CoMo Bike Co-op Contact:
Janet.Godon@CoMo.govcreate new email
CoMo Bike Co-op:
The CoMo Bike Co-op is a program and classroom facility located in the basement of the Armory Sports Center. Columbia Parks and Recreation manages year-round programming. The Bike Co-op opened Sunday, January 7, 2018. A free Walk-In Bicycle Repair program is the primary function of the Co-op. Due to funding constraints, the co-op is open for limited hours on Monday, from 2 – 6 p.m.
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.)
HOURS: Mondays from 2 pm – 6 pm. (closed on holidays and hours are subject to change). COVID – 19 UPDATE: Service will be modified to include drop off repairs on a first-come, first-served basis. A limited number of repairs will be available. Thank you for your patience.
2020 – 2021 HOLIDAY SCHEDULE – We will be CLOSED the following dates:
- Monday, November 23, Thanksgiving week
- Mondays, Dec. 21, Dec 28 and Jan 4, extended holiday closure. We will REOPEN on Monday, January 11.
- Monday, January 18, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
- Winter Weather: The Bike Co-op will be closed when there is an inclement weather day noted for Columbia Public Schools.
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 who have financial means to do so are encouraged (not required) to purchase items (i.e. brake pads, tires, tubes) from local retailers prior to arriving at the co-op. Service is limited to one bicycle per person per session.
As of November 2020, Co-op staff and volunteers have assisted 836 individuals most of whom cycle out of necessity, and do so on well-worn bicycles that are cheap, yet priceless. During non-COVID 19 operations, the walk-in bike repair program provides an opportunity for hands-on learning. A printable flyer indicating co-op hours is available here.opens PDF file
Used bicycles available for suggested donation (all proceeds benefit the Bike Co-op)
Bike shop quality bicycles have been refurbished, serviced and are are available for a suggested donation. Suggested donations typically range from $50 – $200 with most in the $125 range. Bicycles are available for viewing on Mondays from 2 – 6pm or by special appointment. Call (573) 441-5495. Funds are returned to the bike co-op to pay bike mechanics and to purchase materials and supplies to keep the co-op running. A list of available bicycles can be requested by emailing Janet.Godon@como.govcreate new email. All bicycles have been repaired and are rideable. 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. Payment Terms: Cash, local check with a valid ID or credit card
Bicycle Education Classes
The CoMo Bike Co-op serves as a classroom facility offering community bicycle education and maintenance programs. Revisit this page at a later date for a spring 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 Surveyopens PDF file )
- 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.comopens PDF file )
- 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 Equityopens PDF file ,” 2013 Report, League of American Bicyclists)