The Milwaukee Bicycle Collective has limited space and limited hands to fix your bike, but we do offer a first-come, first-served DIY space. We take a white-gloved approach to bike fixing. Our knowledgeable volunteers will help you fix your bike, but we will not fix your bike for you.
How to fix your bike
Most importantly, bring your bike in.
If you need work done on a wheel, tube, or tire, you only need to bring that part in. Otherwise it is important that we give the bike a full assessment before we provide you with parts and assistance. We often hear “I just need the brakes fixed” but we often see a completely different story.
With your help we’ll assess the problems…
…and decide what the best course of action is. Unless the bike is ultra-modern or severely damaged, we can help you fix the problem. In some cases a part may need to be replaced. Volunteers are on hand to assist, answer questions, and help dig through crates of parts to find what you need. We try to explain what needs to be done and assist you in making the repairs yourself. When all is said and done we will double check your bike to make sure everything looks good.
Toolbox rental is $5/night. The cost of replacement parts varies, but very generally speaking price fluctuates between $5-$10/part. We may also ask to hold on to an ID or a small deposit which will be returned upon final work space inspection. If you choose to volunteer, your time must be put in before we can grant access to the stand.
Most problems we see can be taken care of in an hour or two.
However, some fixes can’t be made at our shop due to time, complexity, or specific tool requirements. If this is the case we can guide you to shops that can help you with your specific needs. If we deem a bicycle to be so broken that it is too dangerous to ride, we will not work on ANY part of it.
We accept cash, credit cards or volunteer hours for stand rental. We cannot accept checks for stand rental as we normally have to wait for checks to clear.
What problems can we help you fix?
- Funny shifting
- Wobbly wheels
- Squeaky brakes
- Flat tires
- Loose anything
- Strange rattling
- Installing new parts
- Rough pedaling
- General bike fit
- Complete overhaul
- and anything else that’s wrong
What problems can’t you help fix?
- We will not help fix a bike that was involved in a crash.
- We can fix some disc brakes, but we don’t have a lot of replacement parts.
- No hydraulic brakes.
- No motor-powered bikes (electric or gas).
- No welding or painting.