Bikechain is an on-campus educational bicycle repair space that offers services such as:
- Free bicycle rentals for students
- A do-it-yourself shop where you can learn to fix your own bicycle with the aid of experienced mechanics
- Monthly workshops on bicycle safety and maintenance
- Leadership, employment and volunteer opportunities for students
With your support, we have taught over 35,000 people how to fix their bikes and ride safely since 2005. What you learn with the Bikechain community will last you a lifetime and it’s fun!
Executive Director: Beth Austerberry
Beth’s favourite thing about co-ops is that they support every cyclist, from the new commuter with a cheap Craigslist beater to the person preparing for a long tour. Beth is a seasoned commuter cyclist, an experienced facilitator and an advocate for the joys of riding and DIY bike mechanics, especially for groups who often feel excluded from those activities (in university, Beth helped to get a monthly women and trans* night going at the campus bike co-op). She’s excited that she is supporting a collaborative space that allows participants to build new skills and new communities.
Shop Manager: David Oliver
Since David built his first bike in 2011 (Some of that work at Bikechain), so much enjoyment has come from his involvement in the Toronto bike community. He has met and volunteered with amazing people and has helped many people that would not otherwise have been able to afford to fix their bicycles. Meeting interesting people and creating an accessible space are definitely two things that David hopes to be able to continue doing at Bikechain in the role of Shop Manager.
Bikechain is located at at 563 Spadina Crescent, the entrance on Bancroft Ave, at the back of the building. All staff interactions will happen outside of the shop until further notice.
There is no washroom in Bikechain and University buildings are currently closed to the public. The closest accessible washroom is at the Lillian H Smith Library at the corner of College and Huron.