This article was published in 2014, in Newsletter 115.
Wondergears is a social enterprise project based at the Future Business Centre on Kings Hedges Road in Cambridge (near the Science Park and Cambridge Regional College), part of the Riverside Group, a national housing and support provider who also run the Springs on Victoria Road and Cambridge Youth Foyer. We are also part-funded by Cambridge City Council. We are a fully-functioning bicycle workshop and shop selling second-hand and new bikes, parts and accessories and servicing all types and makes of bikes by qualified mechanics.
We support disadvantaged people, such as those recovering from homelessness, by providing work placements and training opportunities leading to a nationally recognised qualification, so your custom will be doing some real good for your community.
We provide access to tools and advice/guidance so you can fix or build your own bike using one of our fully-equipped work bays with on-hand advice and guidance from qualified mechanics – see website for timetable. We keep a large and varied stock of new and recycled bikes, parts and accessories. We run weekly cycle maintenance courses in the evenings. We provide a source of affordable quality second-hand bikes.
Our workshop is available for hire at very reasonable rates (evenings).
We recycle any bike – donate your unwanted bike and help support the Wondergears community bike workshop.
Wondergears community bicycle workshop timetable from 31 May 2014:
Tuesday – Friday 10am – 6pm: Bicycle sales and repairs.
Wednesdays 1pm – 5pm: Free bike maintenance sessions: fix your own bike! No experience necessary.
Thursdays 7pm – 9pm: Beginners bicycle maintenance courses.
Saturdays 10am – 4pm: Community workshop: access the tools and advice you need to fix or build your own bike.