Somethin’s Cookin’ at the all new Akron Bike Kitchen!
The Bike Kitchen located in the basement of the O’Neils building at Lock 3, officially opened on July 25, 2012. Funded by a LeBron James Family Foundation grant, and operated by the non-profit Summit Cycling Center, the Bike Kitchen primarily serves as a repair facility that offers repair classes. The “kitchen” is equipped with tools, work tables, and bike work stands to accommodate work groups of up to 20 people. As part of Summit Cycling Center, the Bike Kitchen is available for members to use the tools and have access to used and new bicycle goods.
The space had been used in the past for storing, assembling, and repairing around 350 bikes that were donated from various groups and individuals for the LeBron James King for Kids Bikeathon in Akron which began in 2005. The event was renamed Wheels for Education in 2011. Every July, volunteers assemble bikes for the LeBron James event held in August. The space is now recently remodeled with added “ingredients” as 350 bikes once again, get assembled for the Wheels for Education program being held on August 19th to roll them out to the kids of the program in the Akron Public Schools.
As the Bike Kitchen generates more interest, the goal is to add more features to its menu that will help act as a community resource in promoting bicycle transportation and recreation in the City. It has the potential to become a wonderful resource for other bicycling programs and projects.
Bike Kitchen Hours
Wed. 4 – 8 pm
7 – 9 pm (repair class – by appointment)
Sat. 8 am – noon
Contact Andy Davis for appointment and scheduling groups at 330-375-2851