Missing Spokes

Ordinary Spokes volunteers Jake Nicoll, Chad Brazier and an unidentified back work over a bike at a Lawnya Vawnya event in April. (Photo courtesy Ordinary Spokes)

Keeping a regular bike shop open through the winter is tough, but when it’s a volunteer-run, not-for-profit bike shop, it can be even tougher say the folks behind Ordinary Spokes.

“I know other bike shops straight-up close for the month of February,” says Juls Mack. “Shop traffic is low, the city hibernates in the winter.”

This looming slow-down in customers, workshop participants, and volunteers has led Ordinary Spokes to close their storefront space at 576A Water Street and put it up for sublet for the winter.

“Most of us [volunteers] are extremely busy, the shop isn’t our job, we don’t make any money off it. We have other jobs, many of us go to school, many of us are in bands, we have partners and families,” says Mack.

Despite these challenges and the move to sublet through the slushy season, Mack says the shop is still going well.

As it heads into winter Ordinary Spokes will be hosting a fundraiser on November 3rd at Distortion featuring the movie Beijing Bicycle and four bands for five bucks. The shop will be available for rent from December to May for $500 per month. Inquiries can be sent to ordinaryspokes@gmail.com