At the Bicycle Co-Op of Williamsburg (Virginia), we post that all bikes and equipment sold or given away is "as is," (following the model of our local Habitat for Humanity ReStore.  We don't offer a warranty, but tell clients that, if anything goes wrong with a bike, we'll coach the client through the repair process.  We used to say that we refurbish bicycles to be safe and reliable -- but since bicycling isn't safe, we simply say reliable now.


On Sun, Oct 29, 2023 at 3:24 PM Bike Cave via TheThinkTank <> wrote:
Hi All,

Chelsea here from the Bike Cave in Duluth, MN. We're a pretty informal community bike shop that is open two days a week from April-October and we are 100% volunteer and donation operated. We use the basement and backyard of a Catholic Worker house. We recently received an email from someone who is interested in donating bikes that have been returned to their business but they are concerned about liability. This has sparked some conversation around the need for a release of liability that folks sign before they adopt a bike here. Because we are not formally incorporated we don't have any sort of coverage outside of homeowners insurance. I don't really even know who would be liable if there ever was an incident involving one of the bikes that we fixed up. Anyone have any experience or recommendations around this? Thanks in advance!

Chelsea for all of us at the Bike Cave
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