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During these times of economic uncertainty, there are many people who possess much cycling enthusiasm, but unfortunately, not much money to finance their cycling dreams. Some cyclists have therefore become dependent upon places called, "Bicycle Co-operatives", or "Co-ops". These are usually grassroots, non-profit, and volunteer-based organizations that have availed themselves to the various communities throughout the United States, Canada, and a few places in Europe. They generally require a fee to members who can afford it, or in certain cases may just require a certain amount of donated volunteer time, in order to take advantage of their services. Once you become a member, you automatically become entitled to acquire certain donated bicycle frames and/or parts at some minimal charge. In some cases, you might be given a bicycle frame, or perhaps even sold a bicycle, at a heavily discounted price. Usually, there are skilled bicycle mechanics on site who are available to assist you in the selection of both frame and components. They are of course, available for mechanical guidance and advice, as you will have complete access to all of the co-op's bicycle tools and donated parts, at some nominal fee. IMHO, bicycle co-ops provide an invaluable service to the cycling community and we should all be aware of the services that they provide and reward them all accordingly.
 

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Co-ops provide an excellent opportunity for cyclists to become better skilled at bicycle mechanics.
The best bicycle co-op in the world is located at 650 Florida street in San Francisco! :thumbsup:
 
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