Apr 15 2014

Programming Changes!

It may not feel like it but HAPPY SPRING! We, at the FMCBW, are proud to announce some programming developments for the summer season of 2014. Why did we change programming? Good question:

1. We want to make the shop more sustainable so that we can focus on education, events and community relations.

2. We want to diversify the programming that is available to our community. Earn-a-bike has been our main focus and it will not go away, but it will be changing. We also want to start adding new ways that our community members can be involved.

That said, we hope you will all bear with us through this transition and give us feedback so that we can adjust the programming as needed to fit our community as best we can.

New (and refurbished) Programs:

Earn-a-bike: We will be switching over from the credit sheet system to a punch card. You may take this punch card with you and will be responsible for the card- so no more long lines at the counter waiting to check out!

Stand time: We will be charging $5.00 for an hour of stand time. We are including basic parts such as cable, bearings, the guidance of a mechanic and use of bike-specialized tools.

Free bench: We are excited to introduce the quick-fix-free bench! This bench will be located outside and it will have basic bike tools attached- this bench will be completely self-governed and it is for folks who know what they need and have a small fix or adjustment to perform. If you realize that your “quick fix” is more complicated than you thought, sign up for a stand with the greeter.

Second Saturdays: We will also be teaching classes and holding a bike and parts sale on the second Saturday of May through August. This program will be further explained in it’s own post-

Last but not least: (thanks for sticking with me) We are now able to take major credit and debit cards! Cash is always best because we get the full benefit of your dollars, but for convenience sake, we also gladly accept cards and local checks.


Sep 17 2013

A Zillion Thanks…

Dear Friends,
We, at the FMCBW, would like to extend our gratitude for the support we received from the FM (and surrounding) communities. We made enough from the sale and generous donations to keep the shop open and operating for at least the next few months, which is huge!
We are now working hard to find alternative funding sources as well as initiating more sustainable programming changes. We have also received some valuable tips and ideas to help us along in this task. Thank you is not a big enough phrase to express what we feel but:
THANK YOU!!
<3- The FMCBW


Sep 10 2013

Fall Bike Sale!

With the 2013 summer season coming to a close, what better time to have a Bike Sale? Come check out some great bicycles and parts, say hi, or make a donation. We are attempting to raise funds in order to keep our doors open and get us through the tough winter months ahead. We are also looking to make our programming more self-sustaining increase the variety. We have been unbelievably lucky to have the support of the FM area over the years and want to continue serving the area. Please join us in our Bike sale and keep an eye on our page for upcoming programming improvements!
Friday the 13th and 14th Blowout Sale!!
Location: 209 NP Ave
Time: Friday 4pm-8pm and Saturday from 11am to 4pm.
We will also be present at the Saturday Ally Fair with other great local businesses.


Aug 26 2013

2013 Summer Hours and Greetings

Greetings Folks,

The FMCBW lives!  We are in the midst of another busy summer season at the NP location. We have extended our hours to include Mechanics Training Mondays. This shift runs from 6 pm to 9 pm and it is a great time to learn the in’s and out’s of bicycle mechanics. In order to promote a learning atmosphere we do not allow anyone to work on their own bicycles for the duration of this shift. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays continue to be open shop and these shifts are reserved for you to work on your bicycle and earn shop credits towards parts, frames or stand time.

We are currently in need of tool, lube and “Simple Green” degreaser donations. We also will gladly accept cash donations and use toward this end.

Tool Needs:

  • Chain breaker pins (Park)
  • Crank pullers
  • bolt/chain cutter
  • hack saw blades
  • cable and housing cutters (!!)
  • size 10 and 15 metric wrenches (or any metric wrench size)
  • Channel lock pliers
  • adjustable wrenches
  • tri-allens and tri-sockets (we find these types are the least likely to be stolen or lost)
  • box cutter handles
  • hammers, screwdrivers and etc…

We have already begun receiving some donations of grease and screwdrivers and want to express our gratitude! Your donations and dedication help keep this community-based learning space up and running. More to come, and hope to see you in the shop!


Dec 17 2012

Volunteer Night Suspended/ Holiday Break

The FMCBW will be suspending volunteeer-only nights until spring.  Stay tuned for further updates.

Also, the FMCBW will be closed from Dec. 23 to Dec. 29.  we will be reopening for service on Sunday, Dec. 30 at 2 PM.


Nov 27 2012

FMCBW Birthday Dance Party!!!

The FMCBW is turning 5 and you’re all invited to help us celebrate!

The Aquarium will be hosting a dance party on Dec. 6th and KNDS Friday Night Frequency DJ’s will be providing the jams!  It’s a 21+ show and the cover is a mere $3.  Best of all, you’ll be helping the FM Community Bike Workshop continue our work of reclaiming and distributing used bikes in the Fargo-Moorhead area.

See you there!


Oct 7 2012

Women’s Night Suspended

The FMCBW will be suspending our Women Only Night for the winter starting immediately.  As always, women are encouraged to stop in during any of our open hours:

Volunteer Night: Monday 6-9 PM

Open Shop: Tuesday and Thursday 6-9 PM

Sunday 2-5 PM

We’ll keep you posted as to when Women Only Night will resume.

Have a Great Day!


May 10 2012

Cheers from the Fargo Brewing Company

Fargo Brewing Company will be able to help you quench your thirst. Cheers to the fine Brewers for their generous, tasty donation.

“Stone’s Throw (ABV 4.5%)A deep copper colored brew and a higher level of unfermented sugars create a rich mouthfeel and malty flavors and aromas. Overall hop character is low, light floral or herbal, allowing its signature malt profile to be the highlight.”


May 8 2012

Art in Action submission on view at Red Raven

Our friends at the Red Raven Espresso Parlor, have some of our donated art pieces on view through Thursday. Swing in for a cup of joe and check out some of the items that will be up for bid on Friday!

They do exist...by Emily Swedberg

bike purse by WilliNilli

upcycled his and hers jewellery by Jennie Thoreson

functional bicycle kitsch by Molly McClain


May 6 2012

Own a piece of FMCBW ride-able history

bike modeled by the talented Jen

This bicycle began its life in the early 1960’s as a Hawthorne 3-speed. Hawthorne
was the house brand of the historic American mail order/department store retailer
Montgomery Wards.A time when one could buy a quality bicycle
from a department store.

The Hawthorne has been with the FMCBW since our first location on north
University Drive. However, with each move more and more of the original parts
were lost. Rather than relegate this beautiful lugged, English-made, steel frame to
recycling we decided on a full FMCBW customization.

Frame was stripped to bare metal and powder coated
Bottom bracket shell was chased and faced for a modern sealed-bearing
bottom bracket
Mirror-polished crankset with Surly stainless steel chain ring.
Hand-built All City/Sun Rims/DT Swiss wheel set
Flip-Flop hub: ride fixed or free!
Civia bamboo fenders
Michelin tires
WTB saddle
Many other new parts

bamboo fender close up

This bicycle is truly one of a kind. Own a piece of history and support the FMCBW! The Hawthorne will be up for silent auction, this Friday at Art in Action.