Oberlin has a bike co-op. They help you fix bikes or rent them to you.
It is located in the basement of Keep Cottage.
During the summer they run some sort of bike camp for kids.
Spring Semester 2012 HOURS:
Weekdays: Mon.-Thu. 7PM-10PM Weekends: Fri-Sun: 1PM-4PM
- Per-semester: $8
- Summer: $5
- Yearly: $18
Membership fees are waived if you work eight hours in the co-op.
Membership fees are also waived for kids under 18.
A bike can be rented from the co-op for $15, with a $30 deposit. This includes a membership!
Emphasis is placed on showing you how to fix your broken bike, so don't think you're gonna kick back while your tire is patched for you, and don't be averse to getting greasy.
They don't look kindly on non-members who come in to use a tool for a short while, since all the members pay to use the tools, and it's less than ten dollars for a semester.
A good number of alums who were active in the Bike Co-op have gone on to start bike co-ops and shops across the country. (For example, San Francisco's Bike Kitchen co-op and Box Dog Bikes shop. There's a co-op in Chicago too iirc.)
The Bike Co-op was started in 1986. That makes it older than
many virtually all of the college's current students.