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Jun 26 2008

Learn how to fix your bicycle!

by Jimmy L

Peopleinshop1 This weekend I bought a bicycle at a yard sale for cheap.  It was nearly in perfect condition, but the handlebars were uncomfortable.  I could replace the handlebars, but that would be pricey and I didn’t have the right tools or the know-how to do it.

Fortunately, there is an organization in town that is perfect for what I needed.  It’s called The Sopo Bicycle Co-op and it’s in East Atlanta, pretty close to DeKalb county!  Sopo is a non-profit organization whose main goal is to teach you how to fix up your bicycle.  If you have a broken bike or even if you don’t have one at all, show up and learn how to fix it up (or build one from scratch).  They have a staff of volunteers ready to help you learn, but be prepared to do the actual wrench-turning yourself!

The shop accepts (very reasonable) suggested donations for parts and time spent using their tools, but nobody is ever turned away for lack of funds!  Their shop hours are 7pm to 10pm on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday; 2pm to 5pm on Saturday and Sunday.  Check out their website for more information!