The Bike Loan Program
We are excited to announce that we have made arrangements for a NEW used bike service for you to use. The Palouse Bicycle Collective (PBC) is taking over the bicycle needs that IPO used to provide for you through the Bike Barn. They are located in the house across the street from Red Bento at 224 West 3rd Street.
What does this mean for you?
Current Bikes Loaned Out Already: This will not affect all of the bikes that are currently loaned out, other than the fact that you will take your bike to the Collective for repairs and assistance until you are ready to return your bike at the end of your program. Same rules apply and you will bring your bike to IPO to check out to get your deposit back.
Bike Requests Made This Semester and you haven’t gotten a bike yet: Your requests have been forwarded to PBC so that they can help you get set up with a bike that will fit you and your needs. They will have your request on hand, so you can go directly to PBC and let them know that you have a request through IPO that has been sent to them.
Hours of Operation: PBC is open Tuesday through Saturday, between 11 am and 7 pm, allowing excellent service 5 days a week during and after normal business hours, offering you better access to meet your needs. Or you can schedule an appointment by contacting PBC.
You Can Own Your Own Bike: Instead of just borrowing a bike and paying a user fee and deposit, you own a bike and learn how to repair your bike by attending classes provided for a cost of $75. Included with this $75 you will be able to use the repair shop (shop stands, tools, chain lube, computers, repair manuals, etc.) if you are comfortable with working on your own bike.
If You Already Own Your Bike: If you know how to repair your bike, but don’t have a place or tools to be able to make those repairs, you can pay $5 to use the shop for the day (having access to shop stands, tools, chain lube, computers, repair manuals, etc.). Or you can pay a yearly membership fee to have access to the shop during open hours, get discounted prices on bikes and part, and possibly get discounts into bike events – depending upon the membership level you purchase.
Need Someone to Repair Your Bike: If you buy a bike from the PBC but don’t know how to make repairs and are not interested in learning how, you can pay an additional $25 for PBC to repair your bike as needed and provide parts - limited to shifting adjustments, brake pads, cables and housing. For more expensive parts, you would pay the parts costs.
Learn How to Take Care Of and Repair Your Bike: PBC offers two computers that set up to give tutorials on how to repair your bike. They also provide mechanic manuals for you to use and they hold repair workshops once a week that you can attend for free if you purchase a bike from PBC.
If you know how to repair your bike, but do not have a place or tools to make those repairs, you can pay $5 to use the repair shop for the day which gives you access to shop stands, tools, chain lube, computers, and repair manuals. Or you can pay a yearly membership fee to have access to the shop during open hours, get discounted prices on bikes and part, and possibly get discounts into bike events – depending upon the membership level you purchase.
PBC offers free use of the shop (to repair your bike) in trade for volunteer hours (1 hour volunteer for 1 hour in the shop) or you can just volunteer because you are interested in providing education and outreach to better the community with healthy, affordable, efficient, enjoyable, and environmentally-friendly transportation. There are volunteer orientation classes held every week.
Return of Bikes:
PBC is willing to pay back a minimum of $25 for your returned bike, depending upon the estimated return value and repair cost.
More information can be found at their website at: www.palousebicyclecollective.wordpress.com