Located at the Grand Traverse County Civic Center, Norte’s two buildings are the hub of orange activity. The Wheelhouse is the orange building on the north end of the Civic Center — it’s where we store most of our bikes. The Clubhouse is the concrete building on the south side of the civic center, across from the playground — it’s where our offices are located, and where many of our meet-ups take place.
At the Clubhouse, you can connect, learn, meet up, borrow a balance bike, fix a flat, buy Norte gear, or celebrate all things orange.
At the Wheelhouse, a.k.a. the Community Bike Shop, we share tools, bikes, knowledge, and run a lot of young riders through programs. Thanks to our generous supporters, the Community Bike Shop is open for anyone wanting to wrench on their bicycle. If your bike requires a bit more attention, the our bike mechanics can either guide you or give it a tune-up. Prices vary, but our donors keep the costs reasonable.
VOLUNTEER AT THE NORTE WHEELHOUSE
The Wheelhouse is made possible by generous donations and the best volunteers in the world. Volunteers offer necessary repair and maintenance skills, and they enjoy sharing that knowledge with others. If you’re interested in volunteering, fill out a volunteer form. Our Community Bike Shop volunteers make the best mentors.
SUPPORT THE BIKE SHOP
The services we provide are possible by generous individual donors and foundations, including the Oleson Foundation, the Art and Mary Schmuckal Family Foundation, and the Worthington Family Foundation. If you value a Community Bike Shop and are able, please consider making a financial contribution. Donations help pay for rent, insurance, staffing, and standard bike shop supplies like tubes, lube, grease, cables, and tires.
If you prefer to donate needed items, take a moment to look over our Community Bike Shop Wishlist.
WHAT ELSE MIGHT HAPPEN AT NORTE?
The Clubhouse serves as a convenient meeting point. At the Clubhouse, you might:
- Check Out a Bike – Bikes are always rotating through The Grand Traverse Kids’ Bike Library. We recommend checking our online database for availability before stopping by.
- Buy a Bike – Our Used Bike Marketplace has bikes for all ages and bike-related accessories for sale. We sell bikes we can’t use for programs and bikes by consignment. Have a used bike to sell? We will sell it for you!
- Borrow a Balance Bike – During the summer, we also share balance bikes for a small rental fee of $25. Bikes must be returned no later than September 7th.
- Donate a Bike – Recycling bikes into the community keeps people moving. We accept bike donations of bikes in good condition. We use them for our programming or to sell. Either way, your donated bicycle goes to good use.