979 East Fifth Ave
Columbus, OH 43201

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[Open Shop:]
Wed., 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Sat.1:00 - 4:00 p.m.

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**All open shops subject to volunteer ability.  


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Ohio!Ohio! Convergence

Please join us for the Ohio!Ohio! Convergence to take place Fri, March 21st-Sun, March 23rd. This is going to be a great chance to meet other folks in Ohio and create connections and strengthen our work as bicycle advocates. We will also be discussing our role as hosts for the international conference Bike!Bike! (bikebike.org) late August 2014.

There will be plenty of socializing and opportunities to work on Third Hand projects, not to mention food and drinks.

If you are traveling from out of town, we will have loaner bikes available, please bring your own lock and helmet. There will be housing with Columbus locals (couches and floor space). There is no cost to attend however we can accept donations (cash, check, or credit in person, or Paypal through the button on the left).

Please RSVP on Facebook (locals)  and email This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it if you are coming from out of town.

Include the following information:

  • How many people:
  • Names:
  • Project affiliated with:
  • What city are you from:
  • Need housing?:
  • Need a loaner bike? (approximately what size?):
  • Contact phone number:
  • Email:



3p-6p Check in, connect with hosts, meet and greet

7p-9p Dinner

3p-? Wrenchathon (work on THBC bikes)

8p  Bonfire at THBC


10a Coffee & Breakfast

11a-12p Welcome & Introductions

12p-1p About Bike!Bike! Columbus, OH (Aug 28th- Sept 1st). What needs to happen, where people can plug in

1p-4p Open Shop (regular THBC open shop hours)

1:30p Lunch

1p-7p Wrenchathon

7:30p-2a Sporeprint Infoshop 6th Anniversary party (inside THBC)
Celebrating six years of radical books and activism with food, homebrew, beverages, conversation, tunes, and dancing.


11a-12p Breakfast

12p Ride to Franklinton Cycleworks potentially, tour potential Columbus venues for Bike!Bike!, ride back to THBC

3p-6p Open Session, Lunch/Dinner at THBC

Visit the New Shop


Come visit us at our new location, 979 E 5th Ave.  We are currently accepting all bike donations and volunteer help during open shop hours as we set up our new space.

Want to help play a part in organizing the new shop?  Come to our monthly meetings, the first and third Tuesdays at 7pm.  Open to all!

How can I get involved?

One thing people are always wondering is how to get involved and start volunteering.  Volunteering is a great way to earn $8 an hour equivalent in credits to buy parts and bikes at the shop, make new friends, learn about bikes, and help the community and make a huge difference locally.  The best part?  It's easy and fun!  We foster a positive environment that encourages learning for people of all skill levels and backgrounds.  Here are some things we always need help with:

Volunteer Opportunities

  • Mechanics (learn, and then teach others)
  • Front of Shop Greeter/Information Coordinator/and Cashier
  • Teach a workshop
  • Staff a table at events
  • Create merch (flyers, sticker, shirts, etc)
  • Volunteer on a committee (IT, Shop Duties, Outreach, Financial, Membership)
  • Help us restart our Youth Earn a Bike Program
  • Run scrap and recycling
  • Tidy up shop (ongoing and always needed)
  • Organize a ride/party/or event
  • Be a community liason for THBC (races, events, clubs, rides)
  • Find and apply for funding
  • Raise funds, organize benefits, or any other idea!
  • Have a bike collection drive
  • Run an open shop
  • Create bike art (or any art) for the shop
  • Create and post shop signs (parts signs, tool bins, safety, diagrams)
  • Bring food to open shop (volunteers are hungry)! Or arrange to receive food donations from groceries or restaurants  

So don't hesitate!  The best way to get started is to stop by any open shop and take a tour.  We also will sign off volunteer credit for internships, community service requirements, school credit, etc.  We look forward to meeting you!


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