The Bike Shed at CeresAssociations and Organisations
The Bike Shed at CERES (the Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies) is an iconic Melbourne organisation, providing reliable and affordable bikes for over twenty years. Our aim is to promote cycling in the local community by teaching people how to fix their own bikes.
The Bike Shed works like this: you become a Member for $5 unwaged, $10 waged or $13 a family or share house for a year. This allows you to buy a donated (used) bike. These sell for between $30 and $100 – to cover Shed operating costs. These bikes will need some repair – for which the Shed has an extensive range of high quality tools and second hand parts. The use of tools is free to Members and parts usually included in the price of your bike. New brake and gear cables, brake pads, bearings and tires can be brought.
The Volunteer Mechanics don’t wear uniforms or identification and usually help several people at once. So, at first, the place may appear totally anarchistic when it is (usually) quite structured.
Arrive early – as bike repair usually takes longer than expected. This also gives you a better idea of how the place works and to get a stand, which makes working much easier, and to meet the Volunteer Mechanics in a more relaxed manner. During summer the place is over-whelmed, with people working on the ground. In keeping with the ethos of the Shed there is no queuing system – you just start.
Opening hours are 11 am to 5 pm Friday to Sunday, closed all weekend on public holidays. All bikes are donated, with the best time to look 11am, Friday and Saturday. If you can’t fix a bike on the day, it is stored inside the Shed and held for two weeks only, unless you re-date the tag – you pay only when you finish your bike.
To find the Bike Shed, enter Ceres through the Schools Gate (to the right of the main gate) and walk down until you see a big (and much photographed) dome made of bicycle wheels. The Shed is two story building with a colorful mural along its left side – it is also here that the current bikes for sale are placed. Bring your own bike helmet and bike lights as these are not generally sold by The Bike Shed but required by law (K-Mart generally sell the cheapest for $25 – which may be half the price of your bike).
The Bike Shed also takes pride in being part of the community – so please contact us if you think we maybe able to help you !
Mob: 0401 874 168