It wouldn’t be a bike cafe without a workshop. This is the bit of RftS that helps us to get people riding and keep people riding. And hopefully it’ll be fun to watch a bit of spannering while you’re enjoying your coffee and cake.
But there are already a lot of bike shops in Bristol. Some of them are very good. (Particular mention here of The Bristol Bike Project, Jake’s Bikes and Taylored Cycles, all of whom have been really supportive of RftS and who we would heartily recommend.) So why are we bothering to add another one?
Firstly, because cycling’s growing (hooray!) and more people riding more bikes means more need for repairs and servicing. There’s room for all of us.
Secondly, we’re trying to be a little different from most of the other shops out there. We really like mending stuff, and we’d really like to help you to mend stuff as well. There’s a lot of satisfaction to be had from tinkering, and we hate to think of a bike being consigned to the shed just because something simple’s gone wrong with it. So we’ll be glad to show you what we’re doing with repairs if you’re interested. A bit of skill sharing won’t kill us. And this is precisely why we’re partnering with The Bristol Bike Project. We share their desire to help people to learn things (and to learn things ourselves) and be a bit more self-sufficient. We’re both non-profits, so while we need to make enough money for people and bills to be paid, it’s not all about the bottom line.
That said, we’d be delighted to take your hard-earned in return for fixing up your ride and we’ll be stocking a good range of quality new and used parts and accessories. You won’t find much carbon in our parts bins – there are plenty of places you can go for your high-end needs – but you will find good solid bits that’ll work and last, supplied by mechanics who’ll speak to you in plain English and will never regard any bike-related question as too daft. Social skills are as important as spannering skills.
We’ll also be opening up the workshop for you to use a couple of times a week. It really does make a difference being able to use decent tools and a proper work stand, so come down and get your fettle on.