Key City Bike
Key City bike is a community space for bicycle recycling, reclamation, and education. We have a supply of donated used bicycles in various stages of functionality that are for sale to the general public. Need a bicycle but are short on cash.
WE ARE NOT A RETAIL BIKE SHOP. We don't sell new bicycles and we DO NOT fix or repair your bicycle(s) for you.
Give and Get
We accept donations of any and all bicycle and bicycle related parts and/or tools. We have tools shop space, and general bicycle repair and maintenance know-how that are open for public use. Earn-A-Bike
No New Bikes?
Good thing is the Mankato area has several experienced local bike shops that are very great options for those wanting repair work and access to the newest in bicycling products, accessories, apparel, and parts.
Key City Bike (KCB) is a recognized 501(c)(4) non-profit organization. KCB exist today because of a legacy of community investment of knowledge, tools, hard work and bikes that has been in existence in Mankato since the early 2000's.
First, through PACT Ministries' Bikes for All program then the ReBike Project Club and now as a registered 501(c)(4) non profit organization. 100% volunteer operated via its members and local community volunteers, depending upon them for every organizational function.
Board of Directors
Greg Lessard -- Executive Director
Anders Idso -- Chair
Aaron Buege -- Vice Chair
John Dahmen -- Treasury
Articles of Incorporation
DIY Bicycle repair and maintenance links
Local Bicycle Stores
To contact us, stop at the shop, call 507-351-1466, or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Think you would be a good board member of Key City Bike, and want to know more about volunteering as one contact Greg Lessard at 507-351-1466.
This movement has never had a permanent home. This idea has occupied basements, garages, warehouse space and now operates out of a space on North Riverfront attached to the right--side of the Auto Detailers Plus building at 1429 N. Riverfront Drive, Mankato Minnesota.
Key City Bike would like to thank:
Everyone who loves to ride bicycle and all those that have supported this idea with their enthusiasm, time, money, and knowledge. As well as: Key City Creative, PACT Ministries, Salvation Army, Kids Against Hunger, Flying Penguin, Nicolet South, St. Peter Police Dept.; to name a few.
Key City Bike is run completely by volunteers. Sweeping, scrapping, hauling, fixing, organizing, taking inventory, teaching, providing customer service; you name it, at Key City Bike it's done by a volunteer. Want to volunteer with Key City Bike talk to us at our shop location, or by phone at 507-351-1466 and email at email@example.com
In the Shop
Know a thing or to about bicycle repair or maintenance or just want to help around the shop? We are always looking for people that can fix up a used bike for re-sale or donation, supervise an Open Shop session, manage retail operations during business hours, teach a class, or tidy up the place.
In the Community
Got an idea for a collaboration or event and want to get us involved? KCB would like to hear about it and find ways to work with area community members, local businesses and civic organizations; within the legally designated state and federal criteria for non-profit organizations.
The best way to donate is to drop the item(s) off during business hours at our shop location on N. Riverfront Dr. attached to the right-side of the Auto Detailers Plus building Mankato, Mn.
Our Business hours: Tues - Thurs, 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.
PLEASE NO AFTER BUSINESS HOUR DROP OFFS
Special arrangements for an after business hours drop off can be arranged with the Executive Director. Contact the executive director at 507-351-1466 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
SCHEDULED PICKUPS and BIKE DRIVES
We also can schedule times to take a trailer to one or multiple locations to pick up several bicycles at one time. To schedule an in-town or out-of-town pick-up, contact our Executive Director at: 507-351-1466 or email@example.com
One way to make it easier to donate is to organize a neighborhood, school, or workplace BIKE DRIVE. Click here for more details on how to organize a bike drive.
WE CAN ALWAYS USE SHOP TOOLS, LUBRICANTS, TOOLS, and general shop resources. Stop on by or call us to see how you can help.
Some volunteers may want to go one step further and become a member of Key City Bike. Membership is a way for the shop to raise money and give dedicated volunteers greater access to the shops resources.
Anyone living, working, or going to school in Minnesota and supports Key City Bike's mission can become a member or director on our board.
• 1 person = 1 vote in annual member meeting to determine officers and directors of the board.
• Priority on services
To become a member:
• 25$ investment
• Completed application
• Approval by board or executive director
Earn-A-Bike is a way to exchange volunteer hours for credits that are used at Key City Bike to purchase a bicycle.
General Labor: 1 hour = 7 credits
Bikes donated/repaired by volunteers vary in total credit cost.
If you build it yourself: the price of a bike becomes very negotiable, potentially free.
Because of the popularity of this program, staffing limitations and eligibility requirements we suggest a scheduled informational session prior to volunteering to Earn-A-Bike. Please, do not show up without prior notice and expect to volunteer to Earn-A-Bike that day.
We offer a variety of educational opportunities ranging from safety to maintenance. Please check out the calendar for specific dates.
KCB Educational Classes
Our goal is to educate the community about environmentally concious modes of transportation in order to promote sustainable lifestyle. Our facebook page will have updated information.
KCB Youth programs/events
Our first event is the KIDS ON BIKES Showcase & Fundraiser. It will be held April 17th, 2010, and by donating $5 you are automatically entered into a Bike Raffle and can participate in the silent auction and many more activities.
Mankato Community Education
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The only thing more fun than fixing bikes is riding bikes! Please check out the calendar for various activities.
Mankato Group/Critical Mass Rides
The official critical mass rides typically take place every month. The idea is to get a group of riders onto the streets and riding together. Check back for updated dates and times. Also, check out the critical mass wiki.
Kato Alley Kat Races
Our first alleykat race of 2010 went off without a hitch! The winner now gets to pick the next race date and format. Join us on facebook to find out more.
Blue Skunk Bike Polo
Make a mallet, pick your best bike and come test your skills. We play 7:00 p.m. Thursdays at the Stoltzman Hockey Rink.More information can be found on our facebook page.