What do you mean when you say Zombie is a "Co-Op"?
Zombie Bikes is co-operatively run by a group of volunteers. Money we receive, either through donations or bike work, goes right back into the shop to meet overhead costs and keep us stocked with such necessities as tools, grease and parts.
What kind of work do you do?
Our volunteer mechanics do everything from tube repairs to bottom bracket adjustments at the lowest prices. On weekends, and days we are fully staffed, the shop is also open for guided repairs, which means we offer the use of our equipment and know-how to help you learn how to repair your own bike. We also build up several bikes a month for sell, and are eager to help out with any bike builds you might have thought up. All of our parts and frames are used/donated, but we will work with you to get the right parts should you want to buy new and learn how to assemble.
What are your hours?
Because our shop is volunteer run (and as busy individuals we all have several commitments), we make and set our own hours by the week, which have the tendency to shift week-by-week. We keep a schedule for each upcoming week up at the shop, and will try our best to keep that updated online. As of 4/17 we are open Fri 3:30-5:30 Sat 11:00-5 Sun 12-5
What is your goal?
We love bikes, we love working on bikes, and we love community action. Our goal is to provide affordable bike repair and education to our community. We want to see Jacksonville become the great biking city it ought to be. We feel that our part in making that a reality is offering a place full of the tools, resources and staff that will allow anyone to get a better grasp on bicycle mechanics. We believe education fosters involvement.
Besides shop stuff, what kind of events do you do?
We host weekly games of bike polo on Sundays just after 4pm. Co-op volunteers are also working with other members of the bicycle community in activities such as the upcoming October 11th Bike Night (http://thenightride.blogspot.com/) where we will host bike repair workshops. We also are looking forward to creating a bicycle installation at Art Walk within the next couple months. A long-term goal we have is a kids repair program, where enrolled kids will earn donated bike frames through repair lessons and group rides (modeled after Philadelphia’s bike program; see neighborhoodbikeworks.org). Other ideas we are hoping to implement soon will be bi-monthly movie nights at the shop, monthly shows and polo tournaments. If you have any ideas, or places you would like to see us at, please email us details!
How can I help you out?
How do I count the ways?!
If you know something about bike repair, we would love to add you to our volunteer staff. After all, the more we are open, the more people we can help!
If you are a musician, we would love you to donate your talent at an upcoming show!
If you are an artist, we need flyers, flyers, flyers!
If you run a business, we would love to trade your support for our support!
If you are a writer, we would love to think-tank some Jax-based zine ideas with you!
If you like alleycats and bike tricks, we would love to set up another Jax race!
If you have old bikes lying around, we are always in need of more parts and frames!
If you like to cook, we really want to work out a potluck Sunday before/during/after bike polo!
If you organize events, include us!
If you have extra tools, we’d love to take them off your hands!