About Us

Makeshift Bikes is a small, scrappy bike shop and community space in the Northside, located at 431 E. Ohio St. Come in for tune ups and general repairs as well as other bike needs! We have limited used bikes for sale, changing often/as time allows. Want to learn to work on your own bike? Classes held on Saturdays at 3, call ahead if you want to come! DIY stand use available- free for members, $5-10 suggested for non-members, especially if you need help!

This project has existed in shifting capacity for almost seven years now- out of different homes, a lot of that time as a pop-up repair stand, but at every stage dedicated to bike repair in the Northside and helping folks interested in learning more about maintaining their bikes. We have had support from the Community Garden in the Allegheny Commons and the YMCA, as well as many individuals. Mitchell Schwartz, Hip at the Flashlight Factory, housed the shop for the last year and a half, where we’ve been growing steadily. We’re excited to be transitioning to a more functional bike repair shop.

In addition to repairing bicycles and promoting their use, we are focused on reuse, hands-on teaching, and strive to offer affordable services.

Makeshift gladly accepts donations of bikes and parts, and a limited selection of used bikes are available for sale. 


Address- 431 E. Ohio St. Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Phone- (412) 586-5410

Email- makeshiftbikes@protonmail.com

Instagram- Makeshift Bikes

Shop Hours:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Fridays 11am-6pm

Saturdays 9am-3pm

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Get involved

This project exists to serve our community. We thrive with participation and input! Joining the Makeshift Membership is one way to participate. Membership costs $30/year. Members get 10% discount on repairs and sales, free stand use for DIY repairs, and are invited to participate in bi-annual member meetings!

Next Member meeting will be held August 15th, at 6pm, in the shop! Join other members to get updates, give feedback, plan fun things for the future! There will be snacks and probably a bike ride at the end for those interested.

Used Bikes

Makeshift repairs and has a small selection of used bikes for sale! The collection changes quickly, and especially in busier seasons this page may not be quite up to date. Call or stop in for more information.

updated 6/15

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