Besides a group that promotes cycling, a "bike collective" is a workshop with free use of tools, spare parts, and volunteers that help you build or fix your own bike for the low price of a suggested donation.
Like, out of the goodness of their bike-loving hearts.
The Magic City Bike Collective, opening June 30 on 11th Street and North Miami Avenue, is just such a place.
And to raise money they're showing off the best street art in the city on a Miami Graffiti Bike Tour.
The tour meets tomorrow, Saturday, June 16, 2012, at Government Center, and roams through Wynwood and the Midtown area on a predetermined route with stops at the best walls and information on the artists who painted them. Olga Cano and Dario Gonzalez will lead the tour. At 2 p.m. the ride ends at the Magic City Bike Collective's new headquarters with raffles and a tour of the new space.
Eric Madrid of the MCBC explains, "It's pretty much a community-driven, volunteer-operated workshop where we encourage people to learn how to work on their own bikes."
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Afterward, you can go across the street to The Corner, and grab a pint of IPA (or water), and talk about the awesome Frankenbike you're gonna build. The Miami Graffiti Bike Tour costs $5, but you can donate as much as you want.
And lest you doubt the need for such a space, Miami's Critical Mass rides are quickly approaching 2,000 cyclists. That's 4,000 wheels on the road, which makes now a good time to learn how to change that tire yourself.
Check out MagicCityBike.com for more info.