Due to overwhelming demand, we have had to close the wait list for gift bicycles. We plan to reopen the list sometime in early September. Please check back at that time. Thanks.
The wait list to receive gift bicycles is now open. Please call 651-641-1037 and leave the following information on the voice mail – your first and last name, your height, and a RELIABLE telephone number where we can contact you when your bicycle is ready. Due to COVID-19, we now schedule pickup appointments for gift bicycles. When your bicycle is ready, we call you to set up the appointment. All pickup appointments are on Sunday afternoons between 1 PM and 3 PM. Please note that social service providers who request bicycles for their clients are responsible for picking up gift bicycles and delivering them to the clients that they refer, and the pickup times are on Sunday afternoons. Sorry, no exceptions.
We continue to operate the shop by appointment only. Appointments are generally available during the normal times that we are open, and the schedule is below. To schedule an appointment, call 651-641-1037 and leave your first and last name, your telephone number, and what you need. We will call you back to schedule. Appointments are available for the following:
Bringing in bicycles for paid repairs
Dropping off donated bicycles – Tuesdays only beginning June 30.
Here is the schedule for the next few weeks:
Tuesdays – June 23, 30, July 7, 14 – Open 5 PM to 8 PM by appointment only. Bicycle drop off appointments begin on June 30.
Thursdays – June 25, July 2, 9, and 16 – Open 5 PM to 8 PM by appointment only.
Sundays – June 28, July 5 and 12 – Open Noon to 4 PM by appointment only.
We also will have a special drop off event on Saturday, June 27 between 10 AM and Noon behind the shop. At that time you may bring bicycles to donate. After that time, we will schedule bicycle donation appointments on Tuesday evenings only. You must have an appointment to drop off a bicycle. Under no circumstances should you drop off a bicycle outside our shop outside our appointment schedule.
We will not be open for shopping for used bicycle parts any time soon. There is no way to sanitize all the items between customers. We are considering having an outdoor sale at a future time, but not likely until fall. You may purchase new tubes or tires for curbside pickup, as well as a few other similar items such as new bar tape. Please call 651-641-1037 and leave your request on voice mail and we will call you back.
Thanks to all our faithful volunteers who have helped us keep the shop going during these difficult times. Also thank you to all the customers who have purchased bicycles or brought their bicycles in for paid repairs. You help us keep the bills paid so we can keep on giving away bicycles. We will reopen the gift bicycle wait list on July 1, 2020 at 9 AM.
Please note that the shop is closed this week on Tuesday, June 2 and Thursday, June 4 due to the situation in St. Paul. We plan to reopen on Sunday, June 7 from noon to 4 PM. We are still running by appointment only. We will only post about a week or so in advance based on conditions. We are taking appointments for paid repairs and for purchasing bicycles. We are NOT doing the following:
We are not serving walk-in customers. You must have an appointment. Call 651-641-1037 to request an appointment. We are not taking appointments by email or Messenger. We are not taking requests for gift bicycles. We plan to reopen the list on July 1 at 9 AM. We are not allowing anyone to shop for bicycle parts. We will sell brand new tubes curbside by appointment. We are not accepting donated bicycles at this time. Please watch this page and our Facebook page for when we will again do this. When we do, it will be by appointment only. Do not dump any bicycles outside the shop.
Thanks for your patience as we navigate this difficult time.
Due to current emergency conditions in St. Paul, Mr. Michael Recycles Bicycles will be closed for the next several days. All appointments scheduled during this time will be rescheduled. Thanks for your understanding.
Due to overwhelming demand, and a reduced volunteer mechanic crew, our wait list for gift bicycles is now closed. Please check back on July 1, 2020 for information on when the list will reopen. Thanks.
Also, please note that we are still not accepting donations of bicycles or bicycle parts/accessories. We are not able to process these items due to the need to sanitize everything to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Do not leave items outside our store, as we will need to quarantine them or discard them. We will post here when we are again able to accept donated bicycles and bicycle-related items. Thanks for your understanding.
Due to the current COVID-19 emergency, our shop will be closed for regular business until further notice. We will be open by appointment only and offer paid repair services. We will continue to give away bicycles to people who are on our wait list. Pickups will be by appointment only. Appointments will only be available during times when the shop is usually open, which are Sundays from noon to 4 PM, Tuesdays from 5 PM to 8 PM and Thursdays from 5 PM to 8 PM. Persons needing to purchase basic maintenance items (tubes, tires, cables, brake blocks) should call ahead and place an order.
Please also note that we are not accepting donated bicycles at this time. We have no storage space available. We do not know when we will again accept donations, but we will announce it here when we do.
The number to call for appointments/placing orders/gift bicycle requests is 651-641-1037. Our shop email address is firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks.
Our shop schedule for the remainder of March is as follows:
Tuesdays – March 10, 17, 24, and 31 – 5 PM to 8 PM
Thursdays – March 12, 19, and 26 – 5 PM to 8 PM
Sundays – March 15, 22, and 29 – Noon to 4 PM
Spring weather is here, which means we are very busy at the shop. The wait list is currently open, but we anticipate getting a lot of requests in a short amount of time, so if you want a bicycle, be sure to call soon so you don’t miss out. Be sure that you leave all the information requested on the voice mail. We get hundreds of calls, and we don’t have a lot of spare time to do follow up when people don’t leave all the necessary information. The needed information is your first and last name, your height, and a RELIABLE telephone number to reach you when the bicycle is ready. If you don’t specify a style of bicycle, we will choose for you.
We have some issues that we wish to bring to everyone’s attention. First, we are still very short of storage space, so please do not bring large loads of scrap bicycles to the shop. We lack the space and the time to process them. It also costs us money to dispose of them. We appreciate your desire to help us and to reuse bicycles, but some bicycles are just too far gone to save and processing them takes away time from repairing the bicycles that we give to those in need. We also have had issues of late with folks leaving bicycles outside our shop when we are not there. This is also not helpful because we have to hold them to check and make sure that they weren’t stolen, which takes precious storage space away from the bicycles we will give away. We also have issues with people coming to the shop outside our regular hours and expecting us to help them, even though we are closed. There are times when we have a lot of things to get done that we can’t do when we are open to the public, so please respect our time and don’t come to the shop outside our regular hours unless you have an appointment. We seldom complain, but there has been a large increase in these sorts of issues, so we respectfully request your cooperation. We want to give away as many bicycles as possible.
The shop is open the following hours in February 2020:
Sundays – February 2, noon to 4 PM (closed all other Sundays in Feb 2020)
Tuesdays – Feb 4, 5 PM to 8 PM (closed all other Tuesdays in Feb 2020)
Thursdays – Feb 6, 5 PM to 8 PM (closed all other Thursdays in Feb 2020)
On Sunday, February 9, the shop will be closed, but come and shop at the Blaine Velo Swap. The event runs from 9 AM to 2 PM at the Schwann Center in Blaine. There is an admission charge. There will be a lot of other vendors there with cool stuff to sell. You won’t want to miss this event.
We will be closed the remainder of February to allow us to travel for our full time business. We will be exhibiting at the CABDA Midwest Bike Expo in Schaumburg, IL on February 12 and 13, then we hit the road to visit shops and spend time with family and friends. The shop will reopen on Sunday, March 1 at noon.
We do accept bicycles all year long. However, there are times when our storage space is so full that we don’t have space to add more bicycles, so if we tell you to hold off a bit in dropping off bicycles, please understand why. Also, we do not have the resources to pick up bicycles from individuals, so please make arrangements to bring them in to our shop. We appreciate all of you who give us bicycles.
The shop schedule for the rest of August and for September is as follows:
Sundays: August 25, September 1, 8, 22, and 29: Shop Open Noon to 4 PM (closed September 15)
Tuesdays: August 27, September 3, 17, and 24: Shop Open 5 PM to 8 PM (closed September 10)
Thursdays: August 29: September 3, 19, and 26: Shop Open 5 PM to 8 PM (closed September 12)
There are several special events coming up. Here is the list:
August 23: All day at the ReUse MN booth at the Minnesota State Fair Eco Building. We also put on a show on the Sustainability Stage in the Eco Building at 2 PM on August 23 where you can win fabulous prizes.
September 7: University of MN ReUse Center Bicycle Sale. The sale runs from 10 AM to Noon, but plan on arriving no later than 8 AM for best selection. This sale is popular and bicycles sell out.
September 8: St. Paul Classic Bike Tour. Come visit us at our information table at University of St. Thomas.
September 14 and 15: All British Cycling Event. On September 15 we will have a special sale on vintage bike parts in the parking lot of Barley John’s Brew Pub in New Brighton around 9 AM. Come cheer on Mr. Michael as he competes in the Gravity Race and Pastry Joust.
September 16: The wait list for gift bicycles reopens at 9 AM.
September 21: City of Inver Grove Heights annual recycling event. Volunteer to help the MMRB crew gather and process donated bicycles. Send email to email@example.com if you want to sign up to help.
September 28: City of Burnsville recycling event. Volunteer to help the MMRB crew gather and process donated bicycles. Send email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to sign up to help.
Looking ahead, Cranksgiving 2019 is scheduled for Saturday, November 23 at Zion Lutheran Church, 1697 Lafond Avenue in St. Paul’s Midway neighborhood. Registration begins at noon, riders are released at 1 PM to the sound of the church bell. This event is free, but riders should bring money to purchase food items to donate to the food program at the church.
As always, we can use volunteers to help out at the shop. Tasks include bicycle repair, dismantling bicycles, sorting parts, and cleaning the shop. If you want to volunteer, stop by any time that we are open and tell us what you can do. We will find you a way to help out. Hope to see you soon at the shop.