The Davis Bicycle Collective is a volunteer-run 501(c)(3) nonprofit community bicycle organization. We provide a public D.I.Y. shop where folks share tools, skills, and knowledge about bike maintenance and repair. Our aim is to empower confident and committed cyclists through education and community building, and to encourage more cyclists by making bikes and bike maintenance, fun, safe, and accessible for everyone.
How It Works
To fix and build bikes and get more people confidently on the road we provide tools, workspace, and recycled parts and you provide the human-power! Volunteers of many experience levels are ready to answer your questions and demonstrate maintenance and building techniques. We do charge a reasonable amount to Repair or Build a bike in our shop as we’d like to keep the doors open. If you’d like to support us beyond the cost of your day pass or new wheel, check out our Volunteer or Donate page. Either way, we’re always excited to teach people how to fix and maintain their bicycles the D.I.Y. way, so thanks for coming by!
From 2004 to 2009, we operated the Davis Bike Church at the Domes on the UC Davis campus. We taught thousands of Davisites the way of the spoken wheel and pedal wrench, in a quest for for community liberation, love, peace, and sustainability through appropriate technology and self-empowered transportation (i.e., bicycles). In 2009, we organized as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit with fiscal sponsorship from the Solar Community Housing Association. The new shop was named Bike 4th or Bike Forth, depending on who you ask, and it continues today at it’s location on 4th Street, just before the intersection with L.
The Davis Bike Collective is run via consensus, discussion, and voting. Everyone is welcome to attend and lend us their ideas and opinions, though only inducted Ministers can vote. Our meetings generally occur every third Monday of the month, though location varies so you should check our calendar.
A Minister is a mechanic that runs a shift at the Davis Bike Collective. If you are interested in running a shift, you first have to learn the ropes as an Acolyte and shadow other Ministers for a while. Ministers open and close the shop, teach folks how to fix their bikes and coordinate volunteers during the shift.
An Acolyte is a Minister in training. Acolytes are dedicated volunteer mechanics that are learning the ropes of our organization. The best way to start as an Acolyte is to come to the shop and tell the Minister on duty that you would like to start your training!
There is always much to do around the shop besides being a mechanic. We need help organizing the space, making signs, cleaning up, taking out the trash and recycling, triaging through bicycle parts, stripping bicycles for parts, etc. Show up at the Collective and ask the Minister on duty what needs to be done that day.
An individual who has purchased Unlimited Shop Use for one year. Not necessarily a Volunteer, Acolyte, or Minister as well – though some are!
An individual who has purchased a bike, build-a-bike package, or shop use for a day. We’re so glad you’ve found the Davis Bike Collective useful!