During Open Shop hours, you can:
- Join the co-op
- Learn how to fix your bicycle
- Help others learn to fix their bikes
- Adopt a bicycle
- Donate bikes/parts/tools
- Hang out and meet new people
No experience? No problem! Our volunteer mechanics are here to help you learn how to repair your bike. We have most of the tools and parts that you may need. We also have an inventory of donated bikes that you can adopt for a small fee. Open Shop operates on a first come, first served basis, and is open to all co-op members aged 16 and older. Open Shop currently occurs every Wednesday (6-9pm). Don’t be intimidated to drop by, even to just look around. Everyone is welcome!
Info coming soon!
Kids’ Day Program
MoBo Kids’ Day summer program offers local kids the opportunity to repair, maintain, and build bicycles with one-on-one guidance from experienced mechanics. Once a week, the all-volunteer staff devotes the shop, its tools, and their expertise exclusively to the servicing of kids’ bikes. Membership fees are waived for youth members of the Co-op, so participation in Kids’ Day is free for all youth members (aged 16 and under). Children under 6 need to be accompanied by an adult.
Additionally, MoBo collects donated bicycles and matches them with kids who need bikes. Mechanics work with each new owner to make repairs and adjustments as necessary. Helmets are distributed free of charge. Youth are served on a first-come, first-served basis. A waiting area is staffed by at least 2 adult volunteers who provide supervision, games, water, and occasional snacks. Jobs such as set up, clean up, sign in, trash duty, and cup duty are delegated to mature kids so as to nurture the spirit of cooperation.
In 2009, 62 kids became members and we distributed 34 bikes.
Monthly Bike Basics Workshop
This workshop is currently not being offered, as we are in need of a mechanic interested in making it happen. In the past, we have offered this once-a-month workshop to the public as an opportunity for people unfamiliar with bicycle mechanics to learn a few things about how their bikes work, how to maintain them, and how to diagnose problems in a more focused environment than Open Shop.
We’d love to offer this workshop again! If you are a mechanic and are potentially interested in leading a monthly, bi-monthly, or one-time workshop, please let us know!
Winter Workshop Series
Each year during the cold season we also organize a Winter Workshop Series, in which we offer volunteer-led workshops on a variety of topics. Past workshop topics have included Brake Adjustment, Wheelbuilding, Commuting, Winter Riding, Living in Cincinnati Without a Car, and Fix-a-flat. If you’d like to see a specific workshop at MoBo, please email us at email@example.com.
Also, if you’d like to lead a workshop in our space, please let us know! We have a community space that we’d like to see used more than it is, so if you or someone you know has some knowledge you’d like to share with people, speak up! We’re open to hosting workshops and other forms of cooperative education on many topics, bicycle-related or not!
Mechanics Internship Program
In addition to supporting the sharing of skills and knowledge broadly through our open shop program, workshops, and special events, MoBo sponsors a small number of members each year to complete a national bicycle maintenance training program called Park Tool School. In return, those members commit to sharing their new skills with the co-op for a number of hours as Volunteer Mechanics during Open Shop. For details about the internship program, talk to a Shop Coordinator or send an e-mail to the co-op.
The MoBo community is a vibrant part of Cincinnati’s growing bicycle culture. Our primary focus is sharing knowledge and building community through our open shop, workshops, and other programs. However, we do advocate more directly for bicycle-friendly infrastructure and policies in our community through partnerships with other organizations and hosting or participating in events such as forums, discussions, film screenings and group rides. Furthermore, we strive to use our shop and community space to share resources, news, and ideas on how to get involved. We also support other D.I.Y. projects of all sorts.
Those interested in these activities should come to Advocacy Committee meetings, which are announced on the calendar, in the shop, and on our Facebook page.
Anyone interested in advocating for bicycles in Cincinnati should also get involved with Queen City Bike, a partner organization focusing on bike advocacy in our city. They are fantastic!