Another positive symbiotic aspect of the LBS/Recycled Bike Collective
relationship that wasn't mentioned yet is that of the repair. Countless
people buy used bikes from Free Ride in some state of disrepair and then
bring them to a Local Bike Shop to be repaired. This is because we only
teach people how to do repairs, and don't actually repair the bikes for
them. Many people have limited time, energy etc. and it is easier for them
to bring their bike in to another shop for reapir. So even if people are
getting the bikes in working condition from a recycled bike shop, they may
later bring the bikes in to a LBS for repairs.
Also, I have seen many people get their first bike at Free Ride! and then
when they get really into biking, upgrade and get a nicer bike at a Local
Additionally, a local bike retail shop, Gatto's, that was down the street
from us, loved our proximity because they could send all the people with
shitty Huffy's etc. to us for repair help, instead of them having to tell
the people that the repairs would cost more than the bike itself.