Founded on a need for meaningful work, community building and the creation of transportation, Betty’s got a humble start in a college-housing backyard. The first mechanics were roommates and early customers were usually classmates or passersby on Colchester Avenue. To us, meaningful work is work that not only enriches our own lives, but that also has a positive impact on our larger community and environment as a whole.
We are excited to work within our community to promote your health, solve your transportation needs and encourage the care of our planet. Whether you are looking for a place to buy a bike, get a repair done or to donate your time or your old bike, we would love to have you. We look forward to assisting our community with affordable transportation well into the future.
A new business, an old business…
Now in our fourth year, we have learned a few things….
We realized that hard work pays off; and that ones own ambitions can sometimes outweigh ones capabilities. For a time we basked in the success of a great non-profit and did allot of good work. We took up much square footage with well over 100 bikes for sale at a time. This eagerness was invigorating, but stressful, and eventually took its toll in the form of a serious injury to a single primary board member and shop manager. The cause of the injury was simply- fixing too many bikes and a re-evaluation of practices needed to occur to make sure that the shop could be run sustainably. Luckily, the community came together to help down size and distribute goods around to many other organizations and causes. The landlord of several years, Chris Khamnei, also made a great contribution by allowing the smaller version of Betty’s to actually keep its workshop, in the same place, rent free until further notice. Coming back as an LLC this season, I hope to continue many of the same practices of the old shop. (just with less paperwork, hopefully), sales, rentals and repairs included. I also hope to continue the apprenticeship program with a smaller class this Summer. Although no regular hours are being kept, you can probably find me in the shop when the sign is out. I am also loving appointments with individual customers; so please feel welcomed to make one with me. I am happy to work with you one on one to take care of all your bike needs without any pressure or time constraints. I hope to see you soon!