A Bike That Kept a Repair Shop Rollin’
Finding a new set of wheels online is the easy part with thousands of listings waiting for you, especially just before summer weather. The hard part is choosing one that fits your style, that is, until ‘the one’ suddenly pops up in your browser. Slick 18” tires, a shiny red frame, and a price that fits your life. She’s all yours, and just across town.
YOUR LOCAL HELPING HAND
Stopping by to pick up your perfect gently-used bike, you notice the gears have taken some damage, enough that a pro will need to tinker with it before you can embark on the ride of your dreams. The owner mentions his go-to resource was a local repair shop he found on Kijiji. So you browse the listings and it’s amazing to see how many bike repair shops there are in your neighbourhood. What you also notice is the variety of repair shops in your neighbourhood: from record players and electronics to furniture and lighting. It’s a more convenient option than buying new or replacing items every time one happens to break; and it’s a choice that keeps money and jobs within Canada.
Total across Canada
48,103 bikes listed
HOW YOU’RE SUPPORTING CANADIANS’ JOBS
Landing on the listing for the repair shop the owner recommended, you discover that not only do they repair older bikes; the owners also run a program for youth from around town to come learn the trade themselves – just another example that supporting local has the ability to keep our communities healthy in numerous ways. Dropping in, you come to realize that your transaction isn’t just another repair for these customers – it’s a part of their lifeline.
AVERAGE BIKE PRICE IN CANADA
- Kids : $16 – $113
- BMX : $46 – $626
- Mountain : $50 – $1,221
- Road : $54 – $1,435
Repairing second-hand items like bikes and household items helps to create jobs in our communities and across the country – an estimated 300,000 of them in total – but it all starts with you. By choosing to both buy and fix your bike locally, rather than discarding it, you’re supporting the second-hand economy and helping to create Canadian jobs along the way. It’s that simple. Take the leap and join us today.