Where do your donations go?

We gratefully accept donations of all used bikes, no matter the condition or size.

What happens to kids’ bikes?

Kids’ bikes are tuned up and re-donated back to the community. We do not sell kids’ bikes. We run bulk donation drives where we give them away in large numbers, and we also give them away one at a time through the season.

What happens to adult bikes?

Adult bikes are either used for parts, or refurbished and re-sold to new riders. Income from used adult bikes sales helps us to buy the parts necessary to fix up the free kids’ bikes. It also helps us to keep our prices reasonable and pay a living wage to our mechanics.

Why doesn’t Bike Hounds buy bicycles?

1. Ownership of old bicycles is difficult to prove, and we do not want to support bike theft in any way. By limiting our intake to donations, we ensure that nobody is stealing a bike to sell it to us.

2. Those who have a bike in good condition and want to sell it are much better off selling the bike directly to a new rider. If you’d like to sell your bike, we recommend Kijiji or Craigslist.

3. Bikes that need repair before resale consume shop labour time and parts – both of which cost money to provide. If we paid for old bikes, we would not be able to recoup these costs by selling the bike at a reasonable price, and we would not be able to offer tuned used bikes to the community.

Why donate?

By donating your bike to us, you are supporting your small local bike shop. Working on used bikes in the winter keeps us employed during the slower months. The small profits realized from used bike sales help to support our kids bike giveaways. Diverting bicycles from the scrap bin keeps them out of the unsustainable cycle of being sent overseas to be melted down and turned into new low quality department store bikes that end up back in the scrap bin very quickly.

If you have any questions or concerns about our program or policies, please drop in and chat, or send us a note through our contact form. Thanks!

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Bike Locke & Bike Hounds’ Second Giveaway/Donation Drive

Spring is officially here and, due to popular demand from our first event, Bike Locke and Downtown Bike Hounds are hosting our second bicycle giveaway, donation drive and tune-up party. Thanks to the great response (and your generous donations) we have decided to do it again. They’re all tuned up, polished and ready to be donated back out (free of charge) to new riders.

  • If you have children in need of a new bike, drop by for a test ride.
  •  If you’ve got basement bikes (adult sizes too) taking up space, drop them off to us – we’ll put them toward future donation drives.
  •  Does your child have a bike already? Bring in those kids’ bikes that have been neglected since September and we’ll give them free check-ups.

The Bike Locke/Bike Hounds donation drive takes place Sunday April 27 from 9 a.m. to noon out front of the The Mustard Seed Co-operative Grocery at 460 York Blvd. Coffee will be available for purchase at the Mustard Seed when they open at 10am. All available bikes will be given out a first come, first served basis. Downtown Bike Hounds 19 John Street North (905)525-9497 http://bikehounds.ca Bike Locke 246 Locke Street South (905)769-4320 http://locke.bikehounds.ca

The Mustard Seed Co-operative Grocery
460 York Blvd
(289) 492-2667

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Spring 2014 News

Lots of news for spring 2014!

  • We have started opening at our usual time. As always, our up-to-date hours are posted on our home page.
  • We have a new lower level showroom for used bikes and rummage bins of used parts. Check it out!
  • 2014 Brooklyn Cruisers are in stock and they are just beautiful.
  • Our spring used bike fleet is growing strong. Your new two-wheeled soulmate awaits.
  • For 2014 we are offering tune up appointment booking for those who need immediate service. Book your date in advance and bring your bike in before noon – we’ll have it ready by 5pm on the same day!

Watch the website for more exciting changes for 2014. We want to make this the year of bikes in Hamilton!

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Used Bike Stock

Please bear with us while we get our spring used fleet up and running. We now have a lower level used showroom, please come check it out! For instant updates on our used bike stock, follow us on twitter.

Thanks for your patience,

Bike Hounds Crew

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Bike Hounds & Bike Locke’s bike giveaway and donation drive

Saturday March 15, 9am-11am at Locke and Herkimer

They say no winter lasts forever and no spring skips its turn. If that’s true, we’re ready and we think the kids of Hamilton should be too.

This weekend, Downtown Bike Hounds and Bike Locke are hosting a bicycle giveaway, donation drive and tune-up party.

We spent February digging through our donations to find previously loved kids’ bikes. Now they’re all tuned up, polished and ready to be donated back out (free of charge) to new riders.

* If you have children in need of a new bike, drop by for a test ride.

* If you’ve got basement bikes (adult sizes too) taking up space, drop them off to us – we’ll put them toward future donation drives.

* Does your child have a bike already? Bring in those kids’ bikes that have been neglected since September and we’ll give them free check-ups.

The Downtown Bike Hounds/Bike Locke donation drive takes place Saturday March 15 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in front of St. Joseph Catholic Elementary School on the south west corner of Locke Street and Herkimer Street.

Cafe Oranje has graciously donated coffee to fuel our morning. All available bikes (and coffee) will be given out a first come, first served basis.

Saturday March 15, 9am-11am at Locke and Herkimer


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About our hours

Wondering why we are occasionally closed during our regular scheduled hours?

Bikehounds is run by a very dedicated, but small team of efficient bike repair professionals. You have probably met one (or all) of us. The owner, Sean, and DBH mechanics Tracie and Robert do their best to cover enough hours to service every rider.

In order to continue providing the most affordable parts and repair rates in the city, we must strike a delicate balance between hours spent at the shop and hours spent at our supporting roles – especially during the winter season.

We do our best to make sure that any changes are posted on the home page, and on our door, and we are happy to accommodate off-hours pick up and drop off of repairs in case you can’t make it when we are in. Please drop us a line to arrange a special meet-up, or to give us feedback about hours.

We want to ensure that we serve the cycling committee well, while minimizing unnecessary expenses that could drive prices up.

Thanks for your understanding!

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2013 Bike Clearance

Believe it or not, the spring bikes will be coming soon. To make space, please enjoy these rock bottom prices on 2013 stock.

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YES! You can ride all winter

We have a whole bunch of winter biking goodness in stock:

Schwalbe Marathon Winter tires

Marathon Winter tires available in 700c, 26" and 29er sizes

Marathon Winter tires available in 700c, 26″ and 29er sizes

The industry standard in studded city tires. Why buy the sub-standard version from the big outdoors co op store for $69 when you can get the real thing from us for $75? (compare to $95 per tire at most stores.)

For maximum confidence, change both tires, but for a budget conscious option, just change your front tire in order to protect from front wheel slippage.

We also offer winter tire change and storage service – for $15 per tire we will install your winter spikes and store your summer tires for you. Come spring, we have the same deal and we’ll store your spike tires all summer.

These carbide spiked tires will last through many seasons. My first pair is on its 6th year and going strong.

 

Seirus Winter Gear

Micro Dome Liner Original Masque

The Seirus Micro Dome Liner is an awesome ear-warmth option with many applications. The top half is breathable coolmax and the headband is fleece. In cool weather, wear it alone to cut the cold on your ears without overheating your head. When it really starts to bite out there, wear it under your tuque for extra ear protection. The thin material will also fit easily under your helmet. One size fits all, $22.79. Compare with the $28 Outdoor Research Alpine hat at the big co op.

We also have the original Seirus Masque – protect your cheeks from biting cold without soaking a scarf with sweat. The best $16 you’ll ever spend for cold weather biking. Compare to the big co op’s neofleece mask at $26. Shop local!

Seirus Gloves

Seirus Soundtouch HyperliteSeirus Xtreme AWG

We now have all sizes in stock of Seirus’ award winning gloves. The hyperlite soundtouch glove is windproof/weatherproof, form fitting, and allows you to use your touchscreen devices. Use alone in cold weather or inside your mitts when it turns arctic out there – $49 well spent!

The All Weather Xtreme glove offers all the warmth of a bulky ski glove in a form-fitting glove which allows the dexterity you need for braking and shifting. 100% waterproof and toasty warm. – $69 per pair.

Bern Winter Helmets and Liners

bern-winter

We have a wide selection of Bern helmets and winter liners. Own a single stylish, lightweight helmet with a replaceable liner for summer and winter use. What’s not to love? Helmets start at $79.

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Fall Clearance!

We have just a handful of 2012 Linus left:

We also have some one-off accessories and parts we need to clear out. For many of these there’s just one left. We’ll be adding more items as we find them, so drop in before they’re gone!

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Closing @5pm Thursday Nov 21

We have to close a bit early today for a board meeting. Sorry for any inconvenience!

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