Makeshift Bikes is a small, scrappy bike shop and community space in the Northside, located at 431 E. Ohio St. Come in for tune ups and general repairs as well as other bike needs! We have limited used bikes for sale, changing often/as time allows. Want to learn to work on your own bike? Classes held on Saturdays at 3, call ahead if you want to come! DIY stand use available- free for members, $5-10 suggested for non-members, especially if you need help!
This project has existed in shifting capacity for almost seven years now- out of different homes, a lot of that time as a pop-up repair stand, but at every stage dedicated to bike repair in the Northside and helping folks interested in learning more about maintaining their bikes. We have had support from the Community Garden in the Allegheny Commons and the YMCA, as well as many individuals. Mitchell Schwartz, Hip at the Flashlight Factory, housed the shop for the last year and a half, where we’ve been growing steadily. We’re excited to be transitioning to a more functional bike repair shop.
In addition to repairing bicycles and promoting their use, we are focused on reuse, hands-on teaching, and strive to offer affordable services.
Makeshift gladly accepts donations of bikes and parts, and a limited selection of used bikes are available for sale.