As most bicyclists tend to hibernate during the winter and dream about spring and riding on-road or the trails, there is a place to go to prepare and occupy your time during this season. 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.
Currently, the Oriana House includes a program to allow members to attend on Saturdays and earn credit for the co-op. 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. Contact Andy Davis for appointment and scheduling groups at 330-375-2851.
Winter hours at the Bike Kitchen are:
Wed. 4:30 – 8pm
Wed. Repair Classes (by appointment) are 6 – 8pm
Sat. 8am – noon