This is the proposed policy we are now considering in Corvallis, Oregon.
Shop Managers may set prices on bicycles and bicycles parts and decide
whether bicycles should be stripped, recycled, or repaired.
Discrepancies between Shop Managers' pricing and pricing techniques are
expected. Shop Managers must use their best judgment, be impartial, and
avoid making decisions where they may have a conflict of interest.
believe that bicycles are valuable and prices should be set which
respect that value. We do not want collectors scooping up deals to
quickly flip and resell. We are not a thrift store and we are not out to
undercut the prices and profitability of the bike shops. They are among
our best allies. We want people to come out and use our shop to build
the bike they'll want to ride every day. We want to empower people to
apply whatever they have toward obtaining a bicycle that fits well and
General Rules/Practices for determining prices:
order to promote its mission of increasing bicycle ridership in the
Corvallis area and to encourage and reward its volunteers for their
efforts, the Corvallis Bicycle Collective offers the following program
for its volunteers:
volunteer who has finished building, repairing, or overhauling two
working bicycles for the Collective may take and keep the bicycle of
lessor value or a different bicycle of equal value.
Collective, may permit a volunteer to offer the equivalent effort of
shop volunteer duties in lieu of rebuilding one or both bicycles.
No volunteer may take more than one bike per year under this program, nor any bike valued in excess of $300.
Collective, may offer free, used replacement parts to continuing
volunteers as may be required for the operation of a bicycle owned by
who buys a bike or receives an incentive bike, other than one marked “as is”
from the CBC may add or replace any parts or accessories worth less than
$20 each to that bike in our shop at no additional cost. This is to give incentive for people to do the work in our shop. As a learning shop, we all benefit from others working there. If you know what you're doing, we want to watch. If you don't, we want to hear your questions.