In Pittsfield, MA a small town, they have a mechanical goods repair co-op where every Wed. night people bring all kinds broken things: shovels, bikes, washing machines, electronics and folks go at it. Old tools get donated. This might be a better model for a small town where the division of labor/specialty is not so distinct.

This project builds lots of relationships.

On Wed, Jun 18, 2014 at 12:55 PM, Bayley Vanderpoel <> wrote:
I was thinking similar to this site:

Folks would post what tools they have and if there's any services that they'll provide. I think it would be a great way to promote cycling advocacy and education in small towns with no coops.

On Wednesday, June 18, 2014, momoko saunders <> wrote:
How do you mean virtual? Do you mean like shipping a box of tools around?

On Wed, Jun 18, 2014 at 9:17 AM, Bayley Vanderpoel <> wrote:
This distribution list is fantastic. I'm new to bicycle cooperatives but I'm enthusiastic to continue learning more so I'm thrilled to have a resource like this.

I'm vacationing in Manatee, FL. My girlfriends family asked for my help fixing all of their bikes and I don't have my tools and the closest bike coop is in St. Petersburg, so it got me wondering if anyone's considered a virtual tool sharing library for bicycle tools. It could be a great resource for towns which a brick & mortar bicycle coop isn't yet self sustainable. If I lived in a small town, I'd for sure host one.

Perhaps it could be a mobile application?

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