New Hope Community Bikes - Learn, Repair, Refurbish
As a registered charity and not-for-profit, New Hope Community Bikes offers extensive education opportunities to learn both bike repair skills as well as bicycle safety skills.
Each year the shop is open 1,400 hours to offer bicycle repair advice and provide access to tools and workspaces on a 'pay-what-you-can' basis. In addition workshops about basic bike repair and other skills are held on a regular basis.
Beyond the store front location, New Hope Community Bikes provides bike repair and safety workshops for schools and community groups and is a proud supporter of the Hamilton Helmet Initiative.
Let's face it, cycling can be intimidating, cars are moving fast and bike paths and bike lanes don't always get you where you want to go. Ride Smart is a safe cycling program for youth in grades 4-6 that will help you to feel safe and confident in all the cycling situations you come across. For full details click here.
-New Hope Bikes has 3 years of cycling education experience with schools, community groups and in our own shop.
-“The Pig” Portable pedal powered bike shop that accompanies the program allows us to ensure participants have safe, working bicycles.
-CAN-Bike trained and certified instructors tailer the Ride Smart program to fit the time need of the organization, skill level of the riders and suitability of the space.
-The combination of skills development, classroom scenarios and road skills make safe cycling fun and help students develop long term skills.
The program runs after school, two nights and week, weather permitting, and offers exciting opportunities to ride our brand new fleet of Opus mountain bikes, and explore exciting mountain bike terrain, near Hamilton and beyond.
The program is provided FREE of cost thanks to a grant from the Hamilton Community Foundation and all local trips and maintenance costs will be covered as well. As part of the program youth will be encouraged to contribute 2 hours a week of volunteer time at New Hope Community Bikes, as they learn to maintain the bikes they are riding and learn other valuable skills. These hours can be counted towards high school community service hours where necessary.
To register please contact us or drop by the shop for more information.
New Hope Community Bikes offers structured, hands on repair nights that cover the basics of bike repair. A three hour sessions will provide the rider with a better understanding of how a bicycle works, how to fix basic issues and how to name the different parts of the bike. The course runs once a month for up to 6 persons. Cost is $25.00
Detailed skills include naming of bike parts and how to:
-Complete a pre-ride safety check
-Repair and patch a flat tire
-Check for loose bearings
-Oil and clean a chain
-Identify when parts may need to be replaced.
For details, scheduling or to sign up for the next course please use the online form below.
Course dates can be found on the calendar.
WOMEN'S ONLY NIGHTS
We also offer women/trans/queer only events. For more information about what drives us to run these events click here, or see this article. Women's basic bike repair workshops (a three-hour structured course) occur on the first Tuesday of each month and require advance registration here. WTQ open shop nights occur on the third Tuesday of each month, 6-9pm, and require no advance registration, just drop in and work on your bike with as much or as little help as you need.
Basic Bike Repair Open Class - Wednesday September 13 - 6-9pm- Register
Women's Only - Tuesday August 1 - 6-9pm - Register
Wheel Building Classes
Our wheel master will teach you everything you need to be confident in building your own wheels including; how to measure spoke length, how to lace the hub, how to lace the rim, and how to true and tension the rim.
Participants will have the choice of building a 26" mountain bike wheel with a disc brake hub, a 700c fixie wheel with a flip flop hub, or bring their own wheels to work on. Cost is $45.00 with the option to buy your finished wheel for the cost of parts, approx. $75.00
Looking for something more in depth?
Winterborne Bicycle Institute offers a college accredited Professional Bicycle Mechanic class as well as in depth wheel building courses. If you're looking to become a bike mechanic this is the best place to start.
Members get HALF PRICE on all Basic Bike Repair Classes
The "PIG" mobile bike shop travels to community events, local schools and parks to provide free basic repairs and tune ups hundreds of people each year. Using an old "dickie-dee" bike we have created a pedal powered bike shop that can sustainably travel to different locations, providing on site repairs. The "PIG' carries a full set of tools, parts for replacing brake and gear cables, brake pads, tubes, bike stands for making adjustments and pumps to repair flat tires.
The "PIG" is an important part of offering bike safety education at schools as it allows us to visit the school hand to youth kids about what needs to be fixed on their bike, walk them through the repair and have the bike in good working condition for upcoming Ride Smart education programs. "PIG" repair session generally last between 1.5-2 hours depending on the number of bikes to be repaired and the level of repair required.
Community & Events
New Hope Community Bikes began as an outreach ministry of First Hamilton Christian Reformed Church and New Hope Church which meets in the John M. Perkins Centre across from the bike shop. For more information about the church click here.
The Crown Point Community Planning Team actively works to build capacity and a stronger community in the neighbourhood. New Hope Community Bikes has been fortunate to receive funding through the CPCPT and the Hamilton Community Foundation.
New Hope Community Bikes is a proud sponsor of the Hamilton Helmet Initiative, a partnership with school boards, City of Hamilton Public Health, McMaster Children's Hospital, Seven Star Sports and the Hamilton Police Services, that works towards ensuring that all children and youth in Hamilton have access to affordable helmets. New Hope Community Bikes provides supportive programing of bicycle safety to schools, to ensure that children know how to ride safely.
The Steel City Bike Festival is a 6 day festival held in June that was created to promote the benefits that cycling has on our community. Besides being good for you, riding your bike helps the environment (zero emissions!), doesn’t cost much (bye-bye gas!), and allows you to see things that you wouldn’t normally notice when driving a vehicle.
Bike For Mike is an exciting program taking place in our neighbourhood. The annual Mike Ride held in May raises funds to buy close to 500 bikes for school aged children and their families. The bikes are provided free of charge with the goal of creating safer, healthier communities.