Risdon Vale Bike Shed
RV Bike Shed is a workshop space to help young people build confidence and learn work related skills.
During workshop sessions, young people restore and maintain bikes, which they later sell. Throughout the process they build confidence and learn valuable skills to prepare them for the workplace.
The workshop operates 2 days a week with over 25 young people from the local community involved in any given week. We partner with the local schools who support their students by incorporating workshop sessions within their school program.
In addition, the workshop provides an avenue for young people to fix and maintain their own bikes. This improves the lifespan of their bikes, making them last longer and safer to ride.
EARN A BIKE
Young people are able to receive rewards for participating in the project through the Earn-A-Bike scheme. Formalised by a signed agreement, they can earn credits towards a bike or bike parts, through their involvement in different aspects of the project. This allows young people access to bikes and parts, without this being seen as a handout.
WHY DO WE SELL THE BIKES?
By selling bikes, we provide young people with a set of valuable skills, customer service experience and exposure to a retail environment. With guidance and support participants explain the particulars of each bike, measure/setup up the bike for a customer and negotiate the sale.
At the same time, we are also providing affordable, fully serviced second-hand bikes to the local community.
BUY A BIKE
WHERE TO BUY
OWhenever we accumulate a collection of restored bikes, we run sale days at our workshop or sell bikes at various markets and community events. Like and follow our FACEBOOK page to hear about sale days and special events.
Additionally, we’d love you to drop in on during a Wednesday or Friday workshop session to take a look at our bikes. Please phone before dropping in to ensure that we’re around. (See details at the bottom of this page).
Come in and have a browse… you may be surprised at what you find!
TYPES OF BIKES
Typical types of bikes for sale are:
- Mountain Bikes - from kids to adults
- Road Bikes (More older style than new)
- Kids Bikes of all sizes
- BMX Bikes
- Retro Bikes
- Project bikes (bikes sold unrestored for you to have a go at -- we can supply parts as well!)
- Plus other random styles that we find
PARTS FOR SALE
Our workshop has a huge amount (thousands) of recycled parts which we are willing to sell at very reasonable prices.
Think of any part that could come off a bike and we probably have it (if not 20 of them). Although we don’t really have any high end parts - just your everyday stuff.
Price will depend on part availability, condition and demand.
REUSED BIKE PARTS
Our participants are also turning old bike parts into creative new items, such as bottle openers and bracelets, which are also for sale.
These items can make great gifts for people who love bikes. Here’s some of what we’re making right now (limited supply)…
- Bottle Openers
- Other experimental stuff as we get more adventurous
WHEN & WHERE YOU CAN FIND US
Bikes and parts will be on sale 8:30am – 5:00pm Wed & Fri (please call first on 0438 554 957 if you are interested in buying a bike).
Drop in during this time to have a browse and a chat.
SPECIAL EVENTS & SALES
For the latest news, special events and sales, go to our FACEBOOK page.
Turn off Sugarloaf Rd at the Risdon Vale Sports ground, drive around the oval until you see a high fenced area on your right and our workshop is the blue building located at the back of this area.