QC Bike Collective’s mission is to help Manchester area residents ride safe, affordable bikes and have the opportunity to fix them.
We provide space, tools, and equipment, so that community members can repair their bicycles at minimal cost, with our help. We also accept donated bicycles, salvage useful parts & recycle them, or return them to working order & sell them at an affordable price.
We first organized in July 2014 and held two community clinics over six months. These repair clinics indicated interest in, and the need for, affordable bike services within our community. Our strong partnership with NeighborWorks of Southern NH (our fiscal agent; a non-profit housing and community development agency) has allowed us the opportunity to locate at 373 Union Street, in Manchester, NH, in the heart of the Queen City, and accept tax-deductible donations in the form of bicycles, parts, and cash.
In March 2015, we developed plans for regular open shop hours and organized to accept bike donations and conduct sales. Since May, we have been open every Tuesday evening from 5 to 8 PM, adding more shop time when we could. Over that period, we have served nearly 300 individuals with repairs ranging from flat tires to frozen bottom brackets.
Until May 2015, we operated solely on small, individual donations. Since that time, we have received grant funding from Queen City Rotary and the New England Grassroots Environmental Fund. We have used these funds to purchase tools, stock parts and buy locks, lights, and helmets. Two local bike shops (S&W Sports and Bike Barn) have been generous in providing discounted components and various other support.
In June 2015, we implemented a pricing plan for the use of shop time/equipment and the sale of used parts and bicycles. Since that time, we have taken in over 200 bicycles and rehabilitated many of those, now in use in our community.
We have received significant bike donations from individuals thanks to local press coverage and word of mouth in the community. Additionally, the Manchester Police Department now donates all bikes found, or confiscated, to QC Bike Collective, instead of sending them to auction out of state.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank the community for all of the support we’ve received in such a short time. And we look forward to seeing you in the shop!