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New Hope Community BikesBy New Hope Community Bikes
First created
New Hope Community BikesBy New Hope Community Bikes
First created
CA$ 5,871
pledged of CA$ 10,000pledged of CA$ 10,000 goal
31
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, October 14 2018 7:58 PM UTC +00:00

About

A Community Space for Bicycle Education

We're building a brand new space to serve the growing cycling community of Hamilton. Our new location will feature ten workstations for DIY bike repair, storage facilities for tools and parts, and space to run classes for large groups.

Current workspace at 1422 Main St. E.
Current workspace at 1422 Main St. E.

Who We Are

New Hope Community Bikes (NHCB) is a charitable not-for-profit that was started in 2008, out of a recognized need for a place where people can learn bike repair skills and have access to affordable new and used bike parts.

We function as a bike donation centre and a full-service bike shop offering sales and repairs and as a community workspace for DIY repairs. At the heart of everything we do is cycle education. At NHCB, our mechanics work alongside community members, volunteers and do-it-yourselfers, offering on-the-spot repair advice and education. We also run more structured programs, like our monthly Basic Bike Repair course and our twice monthly Women's Nights. Beyond our shop our Ride Smart in-school cycle education program, has taught cycling skills and safety techniques to over 4,000 elementary school children using a fleet of bikes and helmets that we bring to schools.

Each year we refurbish over 400 donated bikes and put them back on the road as affordable, reliable transportation. We also rent cargo bikes for les than the price of a monthly bus pass. These bikes offer new possibilities of what can be done by bike allowing people to move kids and goods around their neighbourhoods with ease and the wind in their face. 

Student riding in Ride Smart program, over 4000 students trained to date
Student riding in Ride Smart program, over 4000 students trained to date

The Need

NHCB has operated out of 5 different locations in the last 9 years. Although we love being a part of the community at the corner of Main St. and Kenilworth Ave., our current location there is too small to accomplish our goals.

With only five workstations, it can easily get crowded, especially during the busy summer biking season. Without any elbow room, it becomes difficult for our mechanics and instructors to give each and every community member the attention and help they deserve while working on their bikes.

Our current storefront and storage capacity is limited, meaning space that could be used for education and repairs is instead used for displaying merchandise and storing bikes and spare parts.

We like to dream big - our current shop has given cyclists a place to learn about and work on their bikes, but with a larger and more effective space we feel that there is even more we could do for the Hamilton cycling community.

The Vision

In addition to growing our ability to do what we already do - doubling the number of workstations, expanding our storefront and storage capacities and allowing for larger class and volunteer group sizes - the new location will allow us to do even more.

One of our dreams has been to create a space for young kids to learn and practice bike skills year round. Our new space will feature an open floor plan, allowing us to designate a space for drop in programming focused on learning to ride. This will be a safe and friendly space for families to connect, where parents can bring their children year round to be active and inspired to ride.

The new space will feature larger usable space and allow us to develop more robust volunteer and educational programming. We also desire a more accessible space, in order to meet the growing demand for wheelchair and accessibility device repair.

Renovated open, accessible layout
Renovated open, accessible layout

Perhaps most importantly, our new space will provide long term stability through building ownership. While our previous locations have been rented, this one will be fully owned by NHCB, meaning that it will serve as a community hub for cycle repair and education for years to come.

Timeline and Budget

The new space will be on Main Street East, just a few blocks west of our current location, allowing us to continue to be a part of the East End community. Through grants, donors and a mortgage from the Hamilton Community Foundation, we were able to purchase the building, but this former grow-op is far from ready to be a bike shop. That's where you can help - we hope to open the new location in October 2018, giving us a chance to settle in over the winter and be fully operational for the 2019 bike season. Here's what we'll be doing with the generous gifts of our backers:

1. Five new work stations ($7,500) - If you've ever tried to fix your bike at home with a pair of vice-grips and a screwdriver you'll know that you normal tools just don't cut it. We will be building new work benches and outfitting these workstations with top of the line bike tools that can be used by DIYers, staff and volunteers. These additional work stations will allow us to host larger workshops, volunteer groups, co-op students. 

2. Create community space ($2,500) - We want our space to be a cycling hub for the community, a place to start or finish a ride, or a destination of its own, with a large community table and a cafe vibe. Building community around bikes is about more than just having a place to fix them, it needs a place to happen; this new shop will be that place.

General renovations are already underway, but we hope to begin these specific projects following the completion of our Kickstarter campaign in mid-September. We hope to have the renovations completed and ready for a Grand Opening in late October.

Rewards

Thanks to the pledges of our backers, we'll be able to make the dream of this community cycling space become a reality. To show our appreciation, we've put together some sweet rewards. We've got the basics like T-shirts and key chains to give away, but we're also offering various services that only a full service bike shop can provide and, most importantly, invitations to our 2018 BIKE PROM event.

BIKE PROM is the ultimate way to celebrate our new space along with the backers who are making it possible. We'll meet for a casual group ride to the new location (dressed to the nines, of course) and then celebrate with food, music and a licensed dance party at the new shop, so invitees will get an exclusive sneak preview of the space before our Grand Opening.

Risks and challenges

We understand that a building project of any kind carries inherent risks and challenges. Unforeseen circumstances can and do arise in the midst of build-outs. However, we have already obtained the necessary legal permits required and all construction will be led by our experienced team of staff and volunteers.

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    Pledge CA$ 10 or more About $7

    Coaster

    Your donations will help support the development of a long-lasting community space for Hamilton cyclists. In addition, all backers who pledge $10 or more can come into our current location to pick up a free NHCB Key Chain (and a thank-you handshake).

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    Single Speed

    Backers at the Single Speed level receive a NHCB branded water bottle along with the key chain.

    In addition, all backers who pledge $25 or more will get an exclusive invite to NHCB's 2018 BIKE PROM, a one-night only event to celebrate our new location.

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    Three Speed

    When backers who pledge $40 or more show up to BIKE PROM, they'll be sporting their very own backers-only NHCB T-shirt (underneath their tux, dress or other formal wear, of course).

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    Pledge CA$ 50 or more About $37

    City Bike

    In addition to the Key Chain and T-shirt, backers at the City Bike level can attend a Basic Bike Repair Workshop free of charge, meaning that their bikes will be freshly tuned up for the ride to BIKE PROM.

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    Pledge CA$ 60 or more About $45

    Five Speed

    NHCB funds many of its educational programs through the sale of donated refurbished bicycles. Every once in a while, we get a donation that really stands out. Five Speed backers will have a limited edition framed photo of one of our favorite refurbished bikes.

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    • Limited Edition Refurbished Bikes Photo
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    Pledge CA$ 75 or more About $56

    Six Speed

    Bring your bike in for a Basic Tune-Up (Brakes, gears, hubs adjusted; bike cleaned; all bolts tightened; safety checked) free of charge and it will be ready to ride to BIKE PROM.

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    Pledge CA$ 150 or more About $112

    Seven Speed

    In addition to being a long-time employee and member of the NHCB community, Meredith Park is an accomplished illustrator, screen printer and designer. For our Eight Speed backers, she's offering an exclusive limited edition 8.5x11 inch bike-themed print.

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    Pledge CA$ 200 or more About $149

    Touring Bike

    With a pledge of $200, receive unlimited service and tune-ups on your bike for two years (cost of parts not included). Your two-wheeler will be roadworthy for BIKE PROM and beyond.

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    Pledge CA$ 500 or more About $373

    Ten Speed

    For backers at the Ten Speed level, we will provide on-site bike repairs to your work, school or community group of your choice, as long as its located within 100km of our shop. We'll bring our tools, stands and mechanics and provide basic tune-ups and repairs free of charge.

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    Pledge CA$ 1,000 or more About $746

    Full Suspension

    Backers who pledge $1,000 receive LIFETIME service and tune-ups. For as long as NHCB is around, your bike will be kept in tip-top shape, free of charge (cost of parts not included).

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    Pledge CA$ 1,500 or more About $1,119

    Cargo Bike

    Looking for a premium entertainment event for your school, work, club or community organization? A New Hope Bike Rodeo is sure to get your young ones excited. We'll come to you with our fleet of kids bikes and helmets, along with our pump track for a day full of cycling fun and education. This reward is available for locations within 100km of our shop.

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Funding period

- (30 days)