Cost: TOTALLY FREE and cheap replacement parts if you need them. $2 used tubes (as of May 2014)
Location: Yellow Bike Project, 1216 Webberville Rd, Austin, TX
This project. Is fantastic. In a nutshell, it’s an open bike shop where you can come work on your own bike with all the tools you need, and coordinators help teach you how to fix what’s wrong with your bike. OR if you need a cheap bike, there is a huge selection of high and low end bikes. ALSO they accept donated bikes, which can be in any state of disrepair, and volunteers then fix them up and the bikes are donated back out to the community and various programs and people in need of bikes. Free education, free work space, helping out less fortunate people, and helping Austin get a bit more bike friendly. This place is incredible.
I feel like my personal encounter with this place is worth mentioning. Soon after I came to Austin I set out to find a good cheap bike to ride. I went to the project and didn’t find anything I wanted, but they told me about their Earn-a-Bike program where if you go through learning and repairing all the main parts of a bike, and put in 24 volunteer hours, you get the chance to build up your own bike from scratch and get to keep it in exchange for your hard work! And that’s exactly what I did. And I found that I loved working on bikes, and getting my fingernails dirty, and the community of people was so incredible that I soon adopted it as a second home. Not soon after I finished my bike I applied to apprentice there, and many months later I have now become an official coordinator! If you’d like to know more about the project, please stop on by!