We love empowering people with bicycles.
The HUB Community Bike Shop is an inviting community space and non-profit organization in downtown Bellingham, WA. Built for the most serious bicyclists and newbies alike, we opened back in 2002 to do something other bike shops in town weren’t doing – build awesome custom bikes while doing good for the community and environment.
In 2018, we were forced to move out of the facility we had called home for 16 years due to redevelopment, but we are now beginning another leg of our journey in a new location just a few blocks away. The setting has changed, but the core of our mission and our love for bicycles remain as true as ever!
What do we do?
We keep waste from landfills by building refurbished and custom bikes with donated parts. We offer full-service repairs and tune-ups, in addition to a self-repair station if you know how to fix it yourself. Volunteer opportunities are available and we also work with local organizations to get bikes into the hands that need them. Plus we know how to throw quite the shindig, just ask anyone who has attended our annual pancake feed or Halloween party!
Looking for something in particular? Contact us to tell us about your dream bike or check out our most recent bike creations. Or better yet, come say hello in person and get lost in our underground lair of bike parts.
How it works:
We accept donations in the form of bicycles or parts in any working condition, and can be dropped off during our open hours; Wednesday through Saturday from Noon until 6 PM. We will process whatever parts we can use and recycle the rest, keeping materials out of the landfill. Bike shops are also welcome to donate unwanted bikes and parts, which can be used as a tax write-off. You can also contribute to The Hub using Paypal on our Donate Page. Sorry, but we don’t purchase bicycles or accept trades of any kind.
We have high standards for the parts that we use to build and customize the bikes that we sell, using them to build a better bike than they were part of before. Because most local shops only use brand new parts when repairing a bike, they often donate the old parts to us. This keeps the parts from getting tossed, and it means we have a large supply of parts to chose from when building each bike. Our pro mechanics also build custom bikes from the ground up, so contact us to tell us about what you are looking for.
Bikes are fairly priced while delivering a superb product. The value of each bicycle is the sum of the starting “as-is” bike, labor costs, and new parts and accessories. New parts we may add include the chain, cassette, brake pads, cables and housing, tires, grips, handlebars and more. Accessories like racks, fenders and baskets are often added as well. See our Bikes Page to view new and available bikes that we have built or refurbished, or contact us and tell us about what you are looking for in a bicycle. We also keep a large selection of reasonably priced new and used bike parts in stock as well.
Our community space is an ideal environment for bicyclists to perform tune-ups and self-repairs. Common repairs include fixing a skipping drive-train, fixing a wheel, replacing brake pads and more. If you can’t find what you need from our extensive used inventory, we offer affordable new bike parts for whatever needed repair. Our full-service repair shop will take care of anything that you may not be able to fix yourself, with the exception of suspension systems or hydraulic disc-brakes. For those types of repairs, please check out one of these recommended shops.
The Hub wouldn’t exist without the community of Bellingham, so we strive to give back in as many ways as possible. As a certified non-profit organization, we offer a program for low-income individuals that are affiliated with a social services organization like Opportunity Council, Rainbow Recovery Center, Lighthouse Mission, etc. If the organization can vouch that the bicycle is needed to help someone’s livelihood (transport to work, school, etc.), we will work with the organization to provide a bicycle. We also subsidize costs for low-income families, offer volunteer opportunities, and host community events in our space. To learn more about volunteer opportunities and sign up for a shift, visit our SignUpGenius page.
*Note: if you’re looking for full-suspension MTB parts or repairs, we may not meet your criteria for a typical retail experience. We have created a list of other bike shops on our site that can assist you.