Wheelhouse Community Bike Shop
…was founded out of a group of friends and cyclists, with the intent to transform an existing bicycle shop in to a true community owned cooperative bicycle shop; Tri-Cities Bicycle Co-Op. The group, including the former owner of Liberation Bike Shop, came together in late 2016 to form a board and put in place a transition plan to create the cooperative with the intent to build a better community through cycling.
Utilizing the assets and customer base from Liberation Bike Shop, the team dissolved the existing for-profit shop and began to purchase it’s inventory. Utilizing a Indiegogo Campaign, the team fundraised nearly $3,500 online and an additional $2,000.00 in-person or in-kind donations.
After the campaign, the team formed the cooperative as Wheelhouse Community Bike Shop; the co-op offers services, products, and facilities to all visitors, but also unique benefits to the membership.
The co-op is a center for all cyclists and bike riders, but welcome those who may have an interest in starting to bike, getting back into cycling, or are looking for biking as a means of transportation. Everyone is welcome with a goal of inclusiveness and reflecting our diverse community.
Wheelhouse Community Bike Shop’s goals are to expand bicycle usage and knowledge by providing public access to educational materials, workspace, and tools/parts through a member owned and supported central location, and invite the community to Learn, Repair, and Ride.