Come see the remodeled Redemptive Cycles

Redemptive Cycles never stops looking for ways to integrate with the Birmingham community; through Earn-a-Bike, sliding scale and free repairs, monthly mechanics classes, and the addition of the public workstation, we are always focused on how to best serve the cycling community and how to expand our impact.

To achieve our goal of community integration we have completely rearranged the shop. The remodeled space now more fully reflects what we hope to achieve with Redemptive Cycles. The whole back of the shop has been opened up to make room for the public work station, so now you can work right next to RC mechanics and rummage through all our used parts. We even put out some frames so you can find your next bike project.

Check out the new shop soon! Come to our mechanics classes, use the public work station, and maybe find a used part and install it yourself. We're excited about all the potential for our redesigned shop, so come out and help us make Redemptive Cycles the community hub for cyclists.

Mechanics 101 Classes Resume, Trample Continues

Happy New Year from Redemptive Cycles!

We know many of you may not be riding as much in these colder months, and there's no better time to start shaping up on your mechanics skills than now when you'd rather work on your bike than ride it. We hold our Mechanics 101 bike maintenance classes the first Tuesday of every month. This month we pushed the class back a week so it will be held Tuesday, January 13. 

This will be Part I: Tubes, Tires, and Wheels. Learn to change your tires, true wheels, and more! These are some of the most important skills to know when you're out riding and we want to show you how to fix your own bike rather than take it to the bike shop every time you get a flat. Once you learn some skill come use our public work station to work on your bike during store hours.

In addition to our monthly mechanics classes we are, believe it or not, still riding every Thursday night. Despite the occasional rain and cold we have a nice small group and we would love for you to join us now before the rides swell again when it gets warm. The rides are a bit shorter when it's especially cold, maybe just a quick ride to the Pigg and back, so come ride with us! 

Holiday Sale, Store Hours, and Christmas Trample

If you're looking for a last minute gift idea come pay us a visit! We will be open through Christmas Eve, 10am to 5 pm, and closed Christmas Day. Don't forget we also have  eGift cards available, the perfect gift for someone who wants a bike or some new parts and accessories, and we'll even take 20% off all purchases bought with a gift card that was purchased before Christmas. And don't forget our Christmas sale: 25% off Mountain Bikes, 15% off new bikes and road bikes, and 15% off parts and accessories. Hard to get a good bike for less than at RC this Christmas! 

 

Believe it or not we will be Trampling on Christmas! Since we started the Down Town Trample on April 3rd of this year we have not missed a single Thursday night group ride. Christmas fell on Thursday this year, but we aren't going to let that stop us from riding. Meet at the shop starting at 6 and we will leave at 6:30. 

Normal store hours will resume on Friday, December 26th. Tuesday through Saturday, 10am to 5pm. Look out for more deals going on after Christmas as well. We'll help you spend that Christmas cash!

RC Christmas Sale

We've got a huge sale going on at the shop right now! 25% off Mountain Bikes, 20% off Accessories, Buy 2 get 1 Free for Park Tools, and 15% off everything else including brand new bikes from State Bicycle Co. and Origin8. Now is the time to get a bike, deals like this don't come very often! Give the gift that keeps on giving and support your favorite local non-profit bike shop at the same time!

Winter at RC

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Just because it's getting a little colder out doesn't mean bike season is coming to a close. We're in Birmingham, and as a city of the deep south we don't have to put up with all the snow and harsh weather (aside from the occasional snowpocalypse) that cyclists up north deal with. Dress appropriately and there's no reason you can't keep riding through these colder months. The fact that you no longer get drenched in sweat every time you go outside is an added bonus for those who brave the cooler temps. 

In case you were wondering, our Thursday night rides will continue! The Trample must go on! On particularly cold nights we may ride a little less and socialize a little more - inside of course. So if you've yet to join us for a group ride be sure to do so soon! As always we have bikes for rent and affordable lights for those who prefer not to get run over. This is a casual social ride and a fun way to explore the streets of Birmingham, so if you've ever felt intimidated by the traffic this is a fantastic introduction to city riding (strength in numbers).

Heads up! Shop hours have changed. We will now be closing at 5pm except for Thursday night; the Trample still departs at 6:30. In addition expect to see a few winter riding accessories now being carried at the shop. While we can't carry everything we would like, we can order whatever you need from one of our wholesalers and usually have it the very next day. Come see us for your winter riding needs! And be on the lookout for our new Redemptive Cycles winter riding jackets. Stay warm and rep your favorite local bike shop at the same time! Don't forget about our winter sale, all bikes are 15% off, even State bikes. Hard to beat the deals we got going at RC this holiday season!

The 2nd Annual Tall Bike Joust is just one week away!

We're just a week out from the 2nd Annual Tall Bike Joust Fundraising Event at Good People Brewing Company! October 18 we will be throwing down with entertainment you won't find anywhere else in Birmingham.

In addition to the jousting you will be entered into an awesome prize raffle when you buy a ticket. Between Jousting matches we will be giving away giftcards to some awesome local businesses, as well as some bike goodies, not to mention some Redemptive Cycles T-shirts and hoodies.

Tickets are $20 at the shop or online (follow the link above). Ferocious Dogs will be on site selling their tasty hot dogs and Good People will be donating a portion of beer sales to our cause. Doors open at 6pm, Jousting begins at 7pm.

P.S. There's a few jouster spots available, come by the shop to audition.

Redemptive Cycles partners with UAB

Redemptive Cycles is a non-profit bicycle shop located at 1305 2nd Ave N, about a mile from UAB’s campus. We specialize in used bike sales as well as bike repairs; in addition to our used bikes we also carry single speed/fixed gear bikes from State Bicycle Co., and will now be offering Origin8’s line of urban bikes.

Redemptive Cycles seeks to ease access to cycling through our Earn-a-Bike program, low cost repairs, and our free to the public monthly mechanics classes. We also have a public work station, open whenever we are, with all the necessary tools where you can work on your bike for free.

In addition to our sales and services we host a weekly group ride each Thursday night. We meet in the back alley of the shop at 6, leave at 6:30, and ride about 10 miles over roughly 2 hours. This is a social ride open to all skill levels, and a good introduction to city riding for the inexperienced.

And Redemptive Cycles now accepts BlazerBucks and offers a 10% discount to all students. We are also currently accepting applicants for three internships: one for accounting, mechanics, and marketing, to last through the end of the semester.

One Year on a Bike

Hard to believe it’s already been a year since Redemptive Cycles moved to our current location in downtown Birmingham. Despite our inauspicious beginnings in a warehouse with a pile of junk bikes, we are actually beginning to thrive as Birmingham’s only non-profit bike shop. Our mission of helping the underserved members of our community gain access to a reliable form of transportation really seems to resonate with people, and we are happy to say that as a local business people are eager to support us.

That’s not to say things have been easy. As with any small business start-up there are going to be many unexpected difficulties along the way, and as a bike shop it was certainly a long slow winter. However, the spring and summer have been good to us, and we are beginning to come into our own as a business. The warm weather has brought in many people either looking to buy a solid bike at a reasonable price, or to bring in an old bike that needs to be fixed up. And though there are naysayers, Birmingham’s bike scene is really beginning to grow. Even with no semblance of a biking infrastructure people really just want to get out and ride, and Redemptive Cycles is keen on helping to grow the bike culture and helping people realize the viability of biking in Birmingham.

Our favorite way to promote riding in the Magic City is with our Thursday night group rides. The Downtown Trample is a blast, the rides have gotten big, and we expect them to become huge. It is a very chill group more about community than riding hard and fast, and it’s a great introduction to city riding. Through our rides and mission a community of friends and volunteers has grown up around the shop, helping make the dream of Redemptive Cycles a reality.

We would not be where we are today without our volunteers – the RC Family. As a new non-profit we have relied heavily on the help provided by our volunteers to keep the business running. Their belief and love of the shop have truly been a blessing and it has been a wonderful first year. We greatly appreciate all the support we’ve received and continue to receive and look forward to continuing to grow with Birmingham.