The Mechanical Gardens Bike Co-op is dedicated to expanding fair access to bikes, bike repairs, tools and knowledge. Countless New Yorkers struggle against financial disparities, education gaps, and discrimination in order to keep their bikes moving. The Mechanical Gardens holds public programming, for do-it-yourself repair education creates community-based workshops that empower every bike rider to take charge of their mobility. We embody New York’s multifaceted movement for urban equity by working to democratize bike access through hands-on, do-it-yourself repair education.

How We Do It

By helping New Yorkers learn to repair their own bikes and ride safely, we’ll help folks gain the skills and confidence to move through the city on their own terms.

By inviting learners to become co-op leaders, we’ll cultivate a space that reflects a diversity of cultures, characters, and contexts.

By universalizing access to quality bike maintenance, we will elevate neighborhood health and resiliency while combating economic, environmental, and social inequalities.

By addressing the conjunction of bike issues and affordable housing, living wage work, food deserts, gentrification, and other aspects of urban development, we will engender the growth of civic engagement.

Our Programming & Locations

Mechanical Gardens is a do-it-yourself bike co-op staffed entirely by volunteers. We welcome all members of the community to drop by– no appointment necessary. We suggest a $5-10 donation to use the stands, tools, and guidance from our mechanics.

During open hours programming, at least two volunteer mechanics will be available to help you learn to work on your own bicycle. Our goal is for you to do the work yourself, while we help guide your learning.

People of all levels of experience are welcome to come to our open hours programming to work on their own bikes. Some community members are just beginning to learn to wrench. Others have maintained their own bike for years and simply want access to a professional set of tools and a community. Mechanical Gardens volunteers hope to meet you at your level and provide whatever support or guidance you may need.We also sell used bikes, used parts, and a basic stock of new parts.

We accept donations of any components, wheels and tires that are in good working condition. We currently are not accepting donations of cycling shoes. If you are interested in donating a bike to us, please email us first.

195 Maujer Street @ The St John the Evangelist Lutheran Church Side Yard (outside)

Open Hours: Mondays 6-9pm (clean up starts at 8:30pm; you must arrive before 7:30pm to begin working on your bike)

Services available:  Quick Do-it-yourself fixes (replacement cabling and housing, brake adjustments, wheel truing, chain replacements, flat-fixes, replace pedals). 

Bathroom facilities: Toilets with running water are available in the basement of the church

Components available for purchase: Wheels, pedals, tubes, rim brake pads, and a small selection of components

Red Hook
98 Dikeman St (this location is entirely outside)

Open Hours: Sunday 11-3pm (clean up starts at 2:30pm; you must arrive by 1:30pm to begin working on your bike)

Services: Do-it-yourself A to Z bike builds and repairs

Bathroom Facilities: Porta-potty and a manual foot pump sink

Components available: See price list  

Bikes for Sale: Come by our space to see any bikes that are for sale. Or check Instagram or Craigslist.

Volunteer Nights: Thursday 6-9pm

COVID Safety

We ask that all volunteers and members of the public wear masks while visiting us, regardless of vaccination status. Please do not come to our space if you have had a known exposure to covid-19 or if you are feeling feverish or unwell.

If you receive a positive test result with-in 5 days of visiting one of our locations we ask that you contact us immediately. 

Our Safer Spaces Agreement

Mechanical Gardens recognizes that our culture fosters conformity and rewards people according to a hierarchy of institutional power based on sexism, classism, and racism. We actively work to undo compliance with harmful structures that support poverty, greed, hatred, violence, disrespect, and lack of access to opportunity by extending bike repair and related skills.

We commit to maintaining:

  • Open Minds and Open Hearts
    • We encourage kindness and openness 
    • We promote inclusive learning spaces – and are a student-centered space
    • We seek questions in the spirit of personal growth – please ask!
    • We prioritize honesty, kind directness, and default to peace. 
  • Basic shared priorities of mutual respect, mutual aid, empowerment advocacy, conflict resolution, anti-violence, and community building.
  • Accountability: We accept our responsibility that as individuals, we can be both victims and perpetrators of oppression. By recognizing our responsibility and where we stand in relation to social power and control, we can begin to work towards undoing cycles of power and oppression.  We accept a shared responsibility to hold ourselves and one another accountable for recognizing and changing words and behavior that are disrespectful, oppressive, and hurtful.
  • Access: We commit to making spaces as accessible as possible to people who come to learn bike skills: educationally, physically, socially, and personally.
  • Empowerment:  We promote everyone’s ability to speak up for themselves by 
    • Supporting people to voice their own experience in their own words.
    • Calling out speech and behavior that is disrespectful.  
    • Acting in solidarity to speak truth to power.
  • Community: We respect each other in the shared space where we work. 
    • We take responsibility for using tools so that we don’t hurt ourselves or others, equipment, and bicycles
    • We clean up after ourselves and collaborate to maintain the space safely.
  • Autonomy
    • We support free expression, autonomy, and the empowerment of each person. 
    • We respect each others’ bodies and spaces.
  • Listening: We commit to hearing each other and creating opportunities for all voices to be heard. 
    • We respect each others’ experiences and opinions. 
    • We respect everyone’s names, gender pronouns, expressed identities, and experiences.

Read the full safer spaces agreement