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Missoula Free Cycles

Robert Sunset

Joined: Aug 30, 2010
Posts: 133
I've seen the building for some time around town but am curious if anyone has been to Missoula Free Cycles run by Missoula Institute for Sustainable Transportation (MIST).  Does anyone know if they have bike stuff for people of all ages or is it an adults only kind of thing?

Joined: Feb 15, 2010
Posts: 121
Location: Missoula, MT
Free Cycles is amazing! I've never heard of MIST, so I hope I am talking about the right place, but if you mean the building on second street, then yes, it is absolutely friendly for kids. They even provide helmets, training wheels and, when available, sparkly handlebar streamers.
Robert Sunset

Joined: Aug 30, 2010
Posts: 133
Yes that's the place!  I've been meaning to stop for ages but have had 4 kids in the car so it wasn't an option.  Now that I know it's kid friendly though, maybe I can grab the older ones and check it out.  St. Pats has a program for free helmets so I'm set in that area but our old bikes definitely need a tune up or trade in.

Joined: Feb 15, 2010
Posts: 121
Location: Missoula, MT
They have all the tools, parts, odds and ends, and help you could want. Seriously, they could build you a generator to power your (bicycle) head lamp or weld you a custom trailer. Have fun!
Emma Olson

Joined: Feb 18, 2010
Posts: 155
Free Cycles is just wonderful. Bob Giordano, the founder and owner, is incredibly helpful. I actually built my bike (Sparrow the Wheelbarrow) from scratch there. They have a huge collection of tools, spare parts and fixer-upers. You can start from the ground up or just do a little tune up and have your own bike in no time. They ask that, in exchange for all that they provide, people take a short class on bike safety and maintenance and volunteer for about two hours in the shop.
I was in there this weekend and Bob pointed out that they got a whole box of 70s stuff-- colorful streamers and grips--so now would be the perfect time to bring kids down for some fun.
They will also have a mobile bicycle tune-up cart and loaners available at the Sunday Streets Missoula Festival, next Sunday, Sept. 12, 9-2pm (and are looking for volunteers).

Here's the basic info:

Community Bicycle Shop: 732 S. 1st St W.
(3 blocks west of Orange St., just south of the Clark Fork River).

Open shop: Monday - Thursday - 3:00pm - 7:00pm, Saturday 11am to 3pm

BikeWell Class: Tues 7-8:30pm, Wed 5:30-7pm, Thurs 1:30-3:00pm

Volunteer Night: Wed- 7:00-9 pm

Information hotline: 406- 541-PATH (7284)

Email: (replace with @)

Suzy Bean

Joined: Apr 05, 2011
Posts: 940
Location: Stevensville, MT
Are these hours the same this year?
Suzy Bean

Joined: Apr 05, 2011
Posts: 940
Location: Stevensville, MT
Paul and Bob Giordano of Free Cycles talk about the shop in this podcast.
paul wheaton

Joined: Apr 01, 2005
Posts: 16664
Location: missoula, montana (zone 4)
This came in my email today:

Two great bands at the Free Cycles shop this coming Tuesday:

July 22nd, 8pm-10pm
$5 at the door- includes tasty refreshments
at Free Cycles, 732 S. 1st St. west

note: a group of bicycle and musical enthusiasts are rendezvousing for a
ride to the shop at 7pm. Meet at the south entrance to Greenough Park.
All are welcome!

The H.O.B.O. Road Show brings together two bands for a summer event that
will take audiences on a musical journey. The musicians, who liken
themselves to gypsy hobos, are playing traditional venues, house shows,
festivals and other places where people gather for inspiration and

Dum Spiro Spero, whose name is Latin for “while I breathe, I hope” is feel
good, frantic folk complete with fiddle and musical saw. There is also
some foot stomping involved. Dum Spiro Spero currently has three self
released EPs. Based in the Bay area, they have been on 5 west coast tours,
2 SW tours and 1 US tour.


Sprouting from the fresh grave of the San Diego band Cain Street, Big Sid
and the Wiggle began its adventure in the summer of 2012. The band
effortlessly blends punk rock, hip hop and reggae, to create a rockin',
soulful sound, with a message of oneness.

Hope to see you at Free Cycles soon!

Bob Giordano, Director
Free Cycles Missoula
Shop: 732 S. 1st St. West, ph. 541.7284
10AM-6PM Tues-Sat
Missoula Institute for Sustainable Transportation,, 406-880-6834

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