bikeSauce
bicycle resource centre


bikeSauce is a 100% volunteer-run DIY bike repair space and community hub located at 341 Broadview Avenue in Toronto. 

We're closed now.
bikeSauce reopens in 1 day, 1 hour, 9 minutes on Saturday at 12:00 PM.

Why come to bikeSauce

At bikeSauce, YOU are the mechanic.

bikeSauce is a 100% volunteer-run DIY bike repair space and community hub. 

A DIY bike shop means that we supply all the tools and can teach you how to fix your bike, but we will NOT fix it for you. At bikeSauce, YOU are the mechanic.

We run free public workshops on different aspects of bike repair, do advocacy work to promote cycling in Toronto, and work with other grassroots community groups.

More importantly, bikeSauce is a social space where you can come and meet your neighbours and figure out how to improve our city together.

bikeSauce is an anti-oppression workspace

We:

  • Respect everyone in the shop at all times; and

We do not tolerate:

  • Harassment of any kind;
  • Violence or verbal opporession;
  • Discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, sex, gender, or sexual orientation;
  • Intoxication or other altered states of any person in the shop.

Any persons violating our code will be asked to leave. No questions.

Experienced a problem in our space? Tell one of our staffers or contact us.

How does a DIY shop work?

When you visit our space, along with any price you've been quoted for used or new parts purchased, we'll also ask you to consider leaving a donation.

How much to give is up to you. We will never tell you how much you should donate. 

When giving your donation, we encourage you to consider your experience in our space, how helpful it was to you, as well as what you used while visiting us.

Donations help cover the cost of:

  • Grease and oil
  • Tools that become worn, break or are lost
  • Small parts which might not have a set price
  • The cost of running a non-profit business
 

Ultimately, donations are what helps us keep the lights on. 

Used parts

We sell second-hand, good-quality parts that have been donated to us to help you get your bike back in shape.

We try to carry all the necessary parts to do a repair entirely with used parts.

Used parts do not have a fixed price as they vary in quality and wear, but we try to keep it incredibly reasonable. Ask any of our volunteers to give you an estimate.

Below is a guide of what a used part might cost.

Part Price
Axles $1
Bar grips $1-2 (each)
Baskets $5-20
Bottle cage $2
Bottom bracket cups $3
Brake calipers $3-5
Brake levers $2-5 pair
Brake pads $1
Brake rotors $5
Cassettes $5-15
Chainrings $2
Crank arms $5-10
Cranksets $10-20 (complete)
Derailleurers $4 (front and rear)
fenders $3-10 each
Forks $5-30
Freewhere $3-8
Handlebars $3-10
Heatset cups $3
Hubs $5-10
Pedals $4 (pair)
Rear racks $5-20
Seat posts $3-10
Seats $2-10
Shifters $3-10 each
Stems $3-8
Tires $2-10
Tubes $1
Wheels (aluminum) $15-25
Wheels (steel) $5-10

New parts

We carry a small selection of affordable new parts such as tires, tubes, patches, cables, housing, brakes, locks, lights and more.

If you are looking for something specific or are seeking a brand-name item, we encourage you to visit one of the many local bike shops in Toronto.

We cannot answer questions regarding supply or prices of new parts as our inventory changes frequently. Please visit us in person.

For-sale bikes

Throughout the year we try to have ready-to-ride bikes available for sale. During cycling season (May to October especially) the demand for bikes outweighs supply.

The best time to see what is in stock is on Thursday night.

We are unable to hold items, tell you when a certain bike will be ready or provide an inventory of what is available.

All of our bikes have been checked and build by volunteers. We follow a general checklist and then complete a safety check once the bike is ready for sale. You can find out more about this process by attending an open-house night.

We price our bikes competitively so that they are easily affordable but high enough to discourage selfish people from reselling them at a higher price.

When you buy a bike from bikeSauce you'll know with certainty that you are not supporting the stolen goods economy and that you have helped divert goods from the landfill.

You will have an opportunity to test ride the bike prior to purchase. Please bring with you some form of identification as a deposit.

Special circumstances

We want cycling to be accessible to all and we believe that access to transportation is a human right. 

We set prices at a level to discourage people from exploiting our goodwill and reselling items, but low enough that we can remain accessible to everyone.

That said, if you do not have the financial means to repair your bike, we will not turn you away. Speak to one of our volunteers. 

Accepted payments

We now accept all forms of payment including cash, debit card, credit card and mobile payment.

Visit us

Our hours

5 PM - 9 PM
Mon - Tue
Closed
Wed
5 PM - 9 PM
Thu
Closed
Fri
12 PM - 6 PM
Sat - Sun
Wednesday open-house hours: 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Location

bikeSauce is located at 341 Broadview Avenue, south of Gerrard Street on the East side of Broadview

Workshops and events

Upcoming Events

Bottom bracket and headset workshop

Learn how to overhaul and services your bottom bracket and headset. We will cover the most common types of bottom brackets found on commuter bikes including one piece, three piece, cottered cranks and two piece external. In this workshop you'll learn how to: Identify when your bottom bracket and headset require servicing Repack a headset Repack a bottom bracket Strategies ...

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bikeSauce, 341 Broadview Avenue
Toronto, Ontario M4M 2H1 Canada
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Free

Drive train workshop

Learn about what makes your bike move! This workshop will cover everything from the pedals that spin to the shifters that control your gears. There is a lot of material to cover in this workshop so come prepared to learn. In this workshop you'll learn how to: Identify worn drive train components such as chains, sprockets, cables and housing and ...

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bikeSauce, 341 Broadview Avenue
Toronto, Ontario M4M 2H1 Canada
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Free

Wheel truing workshop

In this advanced course, you'll learn the basics of the art of wheel truing. At the end of this workshop you'll have the basic foundation skills to dish and align your wheels as well as know how to maintain proper spoke tension. In this workshop you'll learn how to: Remove and reinstall your wheels Use the wheel truing stand and ...

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bikeSauce, 341 Broadview Avenue
Toronto, Ontario M4M 2H1 Canada
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Free

Monthly bikeSauce meeting

The monthly bikeSauce volunteer meeting takes place on the second Wednesday of every month at 7:00 p.m.. Attendance is open to everyone! If you have an item you would like to bring up or if you believe you've completed your 20 volunteer hours and want to be voted in as a member, please send an email to volunteer@bikesauce.org.

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bikeSauce, 341 Broadview Avenue
Toronto, Ontario M4M 2H1 Canada
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Tires, tubes and fixing flats workshop

Learn the inner workings of how to fix leaky and flat tubes and how to change the tires on your bike. In this workshop you'll learn how to: Remove and reinstall your wheels Identify worn or damaged tires Find a flat and identify the cause of it Patch a tube Remove and reinstall tires onto your wheel No prior knowledge ...

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bikeSauce, 341 Broadview Avenue
Toronto, Ontario M4M 2H1 Canada
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Free

Brakes workshop

Learn how to replace worn components on your brakes (cables, brake pads), install and maintain your brakes and fix common issues that cause poor braking abilities. We will cover the most common types of brakes found on commuter bikes. In this workshop you'll learn how to: Identify worn brake components such as cables, housing and brake pads and how to ...

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bikeSauce, 341 Broadview Avenue
Toronto, Ontario M4M 2H1 Canada
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Free

Hubs workshop

Learn how to overhaul and service the bearings inside your wheel. At the end of this workshop you'll have the necessary skills to remove your wheel and replace the bearings so your bike rolls smooth. We will cover the most common types of hubs such as solid axle, quick release and cartridge based systems. In this workshop you'll learn how ...

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bikeSauce, 341 Broadview Avenue
Toronto, Ontario M4M 2H1 Canada
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Free

Monthly bikeSauce meeting

The monthly bikeSauce volunteer meeting takes place on the second Wednesday of every month at 7:00 p.m.. Attendance is open to everyone! If you have an item you would like to bring up or if you believe you've completed your 20 volunteer hours and want to be voted in as a member, please send an email to volunteer@bikesauce.org.

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bikeSauce, 341 Broadview Avenue
Toronto, Ontario M4M 2H1 Canada
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Got your own event or know of one you'd like to see added? Let us know and we'll add it.

Volunteering

Volunteers are what keeps the wheels of bikeSauce rolling.

There’s so many things to do and we are always looking for help with:

    • Cooking (we will even give you a budget to cover the expenses)
    • Building / striping bikes
    • Sorting, organizing and helping clean the shop
    • Running workshops and teaching others
    • Doing community outreach and advocacy
    • Opening the physical space and facilitating public and open-house hours
    • Greeting patrons and helping with checkout

It is important to know, you do not need mechanical or bicycle repair skills to volunteer. Come with a desire to learn, share and be part of a growing community.

Volunteers who contribute 20 hours of their time each year are eligible to be voted in as a member during our public monthly volunteer meetings.

Membership gives you access to discounts on new and used parts and merchandise, access to the shop to work on your bike when we are normally closed to the public and access to an amazing community.

We run free open-house hours every Wednesday from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Ready to volunteer? Email us at volunteer@bikesauce.org for more information, drop us a line here or come past the shop any day and ask how you can help.

Open-house hours

Every Wednesday from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. we open our doors to run workshops, build (and strip) bikes, clean and organize the shop, eat some good food and just hang out. If you have been wanting to get your feet wet with volunteering but aren't quite sure what to expect, open-hours is a great time to drop past.

Open-hours is not an opportunity to work on your own bike or shop for parts. Please visit us during our open business hours.

Donations

Bikes and parts

We are always on the lookout for unused, unwanted and incomplete bicycles and parts.

However, if the donation is in very poor condition, it might be best suited for curbside collection. Our shop is very small and this limits the amount of donations we can benefit from.

Note: We will NEVER buy, trade, or barter services for any bikes or parts.

Why? As volunteers in a non-profit we don’t have a budget for buying old bikes, but more importantly, we will not support bike theft in any manner.

By refusing to offer anything for donations given to us, we can have confidence that what we sell is not stolen.

If you have questions about any parts or bikes you would like to donate, write to us at info@bikesauce.org, or simply bring it past the shop during our open hours

Please though, while we appreciate the goodwill, do not leave donations outside the shop. We cannot be responsible for taking possession of unclaimed items and we wish to remain on good relations with our neighbors.

Children's bikes

Due to our limited space, we rarely have a need for children-sized bicycles (bicycles with a tire size less than 20"). Consider donating it to your neighbour, make mention in your community or religious group, or list it on a trading site like Bunz or your local Facebook neighbourhood group.

Financial donations

Want to send us a financial donation? You can do that anytime online!

Please note: As we are registered as a non-profit, financial donations made to us do not qualify as a charitable donation for tax purposes.