The Fitness Council of Jackson’s Armory Bike Union is truly a unique entity in our great city. What started as a small bike recycling program has grown into a community which many have come to know and love. The Armory Bike Union is located in the old Jackson Armory complex just behind the Armory Arts Apartments at the dead end of North Mechanic Street. We are a community bike shop, we are your bike shop. Community members donate their unwanted bikes and volunteers refurbish those bikes to sell and donate back out into the community. The result is less trash in our landfill and more happy bike owners out biking.
Not only unwanted bikes come into the ABU. We are also a destination for cycling enthusiasts to work on their own bike by making use of our equipment and tools free of charge. Don’t have much knowledge in bike mechanics? No problem, we are there to help you learn and soon enough you will be fixing your own bike.
We are always looking for more people with skills in bicycle mechanics to help us fix donated bikes. Our shop hours are Mondays and Wednesdays 4-8 p.m. and Saturdays 10-2 p.m. We have many tasks, large and small, that may be worked on. Whether it’s restoring an antique bike, sorting parts, or sweeping up there are jobs for everyone. We also host bicycle safety workshops and hold fun bike culture events throughout the summer months. View more information and our entire event calendar at Fitnesscouncil.org.
We are very happy to get more cyclists our on our roads. There are many benefits for both the health of the environment and the health of your body that you can get from biking. Some of the benefits to be gained from biking are increase muscle tone, better coordination, stamina, heart health, and stress reduction.
Visit the Armory Bike Union and see what all the fuss is about! Also challenge yourself to try biking for leisure a couple nights per week. Hit a trail or enjoy the streets in your neighborhood. Try to replace your car with your bike for one errand per week. If Americans made one 4-mile round-trip by bike instead of car each week, we'd burn nearly 2 billion fewer gallons of gas annually!
Fitness Council of Jackson is a nonprofit organization in place to promote active living through programing and advocacy. They can be reached at 517-990-9798 or at Fitnesscouncil.org