Atelier associatif de réparation de vélos

DIY Bicycle Repair Workshop

Publié le dimanche 26 août 2012 à 19h22

La rustine is a do-it-yourself bicycle repair workshop (or community-run bike shop). Founded in 2011, La rustine is a non-profit run by volunteers. We provide all the tools and parts you need to fix or build a bicycle. Our staff of mechanics is available to give advice and answer any question you may have.

La rustine teaches people of all ages and backgrounds how to repair bicycles. Operating as a non-profit, we provide affordable ways to acquire and maintain a bike, encourage re-use and recycling, and work with community groups to get more people on bicycles.

We have thousands of cheap secondhand parts, as well as the common useful new parts like tyres, tubes, patch kits, chains, and more.

We also sell second hand bikes if you don't have one !

How does it work ?

You have to become a member for an annual recommended fee of €15. Then you will be able to come during our opening hours to fix your bike or buy a second hand bike that we have restored, or even buy a second hand bike that you will restore by yourself.

Our opening hours are published on our website, and we recommend booking a workshop stand (from the link on our front page) to make sure you have a space, as some days are too busy. You don't need to book a time slot if you are just coming to buy parts or to buy or donate a bike :)

We are usually open every week of the year, even on public holidays, but we are closing one or two weeks every year for christmas holidays. Closing times are published on our website and our Facebook page.

We are located North of Dijon, at the 5, rue du Havre, just a 5 minutes walk from the "Place de la république" where the tram stops (both T1 and T2).

For Erasmus students

If you come to Dijon to study for a few weeks or even a full year, we have a special offer for you ! Buy your bicycle in our workshop, and when you leave we'll buy it back from you at half the price you paid (if it's still in good shape, and if not : just fix it :-) ).

That's cheaper than renting a bike, there is no deposit and it is your bike, you can also sell it by yourself, or give it to someone else if you like :)

Are you touring on a bicycle ?

Did you know that when you are paying for a membership at La rustine this gives you access to other bicycle repair co-ops in France ? Or that if you already are a member of one those workshops you can use our workshop for free when travelling ?

Well it's true ! We are part of a national network of bicycle co-ops that gives mutual members access to other workshops when they are travelling. And there is one in every major city of France, more than 100 all around the country, so you won't be left stranded on the side of the road !

To know which workshops are member of this awesome network, look at the orange markers on the map of the french network of bicycle workshops.

See also...

You'll find other community bike shops all around the world on the Bike Collectives website. Other french community bike shops may be found on the website of L'Heureux-Cyclage which is the french community bike workshops federation.

The Sheldon Brown website has a comprehensive english-french bicycle dictionary which may help you to communicate with french bike shops and mechanics.

Finally, the Bicycles Stack Exchange may help you finding answers to your questions.