QC Bike Collective’s mission is to help Manchester area residents ride safe, affordable bikes and build the skills 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) 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 formally organized to accept bike donations and conduct sales. Since May 2015, we have been open every Tuesday evening from 5 to 8 PM, adding more shop time whenever we could. Over that period, we have served nearly 800 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, Kiwanis Club of Manchester, New England Grassroots Environmental Fund, New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, & The Bean Foundation.
In June 2015, we implemented a pricing plan for the use of shop/equipment and the sale of used parts and bicycles. Since that time, we have taken in over 800 bicycles and many of those are now in use in our community.
We are very grateful to have received significant bike donations from individuals thanks to local press coverage and word of mouth in the community. Since July 2015, the Manchester Police Department now donates all bikes found, or confiscated, to QC Bike Collective, instead of sending them to auction out of state.
Since May 2016, we have supplied nearly 400 bike, lock, light & helmet packages to Beech St. and Gossler Park 5th grade students as awards for their successful completion of leadership curriculum.
In June 2017, we successfully completed a 9 participant Build-a-Bike program, funded by the City of Manchester -Community Improvement Program.
In September 2017, we began a partnership with the Sununu Youth Services Center to provide a 6-8 session, hands-on Build-A-Bike program. In that time 10 participants have successfully completed the program, taking the bike they had built, a set of lights, a lock, and a helmet with them, upon their release.
In April 2018, we incorporated as a New Hampshire non-profit. If you are passionate about our mission and have an interest in joining our Board of Directors, we would love to hear from you.
In June 2018, we successfully completed Open Shop, funded by the City of Manchester – Community Improvement Program, providing affordable bicycle repair services to 160 beneficiaries from Manchester’s neediest neighborhoods.
In July 2018, we moved to our current location, 35 Elm St. With more workspace and main street frontage, we anticipate exciting days ahead.
We would also like to take this opportunity to thank the Greater Manchester community for all of the support they’ve shown us, in such a short time.
See you in the shop!