Our Mission: "All Types of Bikes For All Types of People"
These nine simple words inform everything we strive for at The Hub Bicycle Co-op. While we're passionate and knowledgeable about anything from vintage and classic to the latest and greatest in cycling technology, we're most excited about whatever motivates you to ride.
Whether your bike is a rusted, trusted, old three-speed overflowing with sentimental value, or a feather-light carbon speed machine, we want your ride to be safe, fun, and reliable. Whether it's your means of transportation, your escape, or your workhorse for hauling kids or cargo, we want your bike to suit your needs and life.
As a cooperatively-owned business, we seek to enrich community rather than extract from it. We have programs and policies in place to make sure that The Hub is a contributing member of the urban landscape.
We believe you should Shop Co-op, because in doing so you are helping to enrich the community.
Space For All
We provide supportive space that is welcoming and respectful to workers and customers of all genders and cultures. All languages are welcome at our shops.
We offer do-it-yourself repair opportunities and open shops because we believe in empowering others through education!
Worker-Owned, Democratically Run.
No outside board of directors or investors make decisions that affect the lives of our employees. All proposals are decided by Hub workers by consensus process and require majority rule for all items voted on.
From our Handbook:
Consensus is the common agreement or mutual consent within a group on a particular decision. It is not a form of voting, nor is it the same as being unanimous. People can disagree and still consent.
We are an egalitarian workplace with no closed door meetings (except as required by labor laws). All workers have opportunities to vote on different aspects of the business, and have equal access to information.
We aim to have a balanced staff that reflects our community and creates opportunities for employment within the community.
Supporting Our Workers
The workforce has been marginalized in today’s economy, and we know inflation has left minimum wage in the dust. The Hub Bike Co-op was created in direct response to a profit-first mentality. We believe you should Shop Co-op because in doing so, you will help support workers.
In accordance with the City of Minneapolis' ordinance, we quality as a "small business," in terms of number employed, but we are ahead of the "large business" category on our way to #15now, referring to $15/hour minimum wage (updated August 3, 2021).
More from local news and other support for raising minimum wage:
- Beekman, Daniel. (2019). Seattle’s minimum-wage hikes didn’t boost supermarket prices, new UW study finds. Retrieved from https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/politics/seattles-minimum-wage...
- Williams, Brandt. (2017). Minneapolis council approves $15 an hour minimum wage. Retreived from https://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/06/30/minneapolis-council-approves-15-dollar-minimum-wage.
Green Business Practices
We started The Hub Bicycle Co-op with the environment in mind. We have always focused on reducing waste and pollution. We recycle a huge variety of materials and want to help others do the same.
- We recycle tires and tubes leftover from our repairs and are now offering this service to you! We will take limited quantities of tires and tubes with any purchase--just stop into our shops during open business hours and we'll happily take them off your hands.
- We use post-consumer, recycled paper products.
- Metal is separated and taken to the scrap yard.
- Paper and plastic waste is separated and recycled.
- We use and offer a selection of plant-based chain lubricants and biodegradable grease.
- The vast majority of Hub staff rides their bikes daily, all year round. This includes commuting to work, for getting around town, and for fun.
- Our Used Department at our 3016 Minnehaha Ave location sells used parts in good condition, as well as a daily-changing selection of complete bicycles.
- We offer educational courses ranging from FREE Fix-a-Flat class and Winter Riding Seminars to Wheelbuilding and Bearing Overhaul classes.
- The D.I.Y. (do-it-yourself) room at our 3016 Minnehaha Ave location is a space you may rent out for $5/hour to work on your own bicycle project.
BEGINNING JANUARY 1, 2020
Per City of Minneapols’ new ordinance, we are now charging $0.05 for each single-use plastic bag.
Title 11, Chapter 255 of the Minneapolis Code of Ordinances relating to Health and Sanitation: Garbage and Refuse
The Minneapolis City Council has passed an ordinance requiring retail establishments to charge a fee of
at least 5 cents for carryout bags.
The goals of this requirement are to:
- Encourage shoppers to bring their own bags.
- Protect resources used to produce paper and plastic bags.
- Reduce litter.
- Reduce waste: Minnesotans throw away 87,000 tons of plastic bags every year and recycle less than 5% of them.
- Keep plastic bags from clogging the gears in recycling facilities, which workers spend four-six hours a day removing.