• RUBARB Community Bike Shop

    Youth friendly: Healthy snacks, field trips and learning skills happen beyond bike repair.

  • RUBARB Community Bike Shop

    Open Shop Hours: Volunteers are available to help you repair, build or maintain your bike.

  • RUBARB Community Bike Shop

    Community Space: The shop is used for events and hanging out too.

  • RUBARB Community Bike Shop

    A shop run completely by volunteers in the upper 9th ward.

History of RUBARB

  • 2005
  • Aug '05: Katrina hits New Orleans, destroying thousands of homes and displacing families.

  • Mar '06: Volunteers from Common Ground turn an empty shed in the parking lot of St. Mary of the Angels ( upper 9th ward) into a space to work on bikes.

  • 2006 - 2015
  • Field trips range from hikes in Jean Lafitte Park, baseball and basketball games, the zoo, puppet shows and performances. Our annual trips to the beach in Waveland, MS and heading to Jazzfest are among the favorites.

  • Oct. '13: RUBARB helps host the regional Bike!Bike! Conference with many successful workshops and a party with music, food, raffles and an alley cat race for the kids and visitors.

  • 2016
  • Sept. '11: Volunteers work hard all summer to renovate the old Jewel Box, a former neighborhood club which will be the new home of RUBARB. Grand Re-opening party a big hit with food, music, relay races, a puppet show and bounce house!

  • 2017 and beyond: RUBARB continues to offer a free space for folks to learn about, fix and build bicycles... run only by volunteers! Plans to bring back ladies/trans/queer night in the works!

RUBARB Testimonial

Hello Rubarb folk,

I know we haven't had an update in a minute, but a more detailed update with how are summer has been rolling as we move into the school year will be coming soon. 

We wanted to reach out because a former volunteer and all-star mechanic, Jerry, passed away last Sunday. It's hard to convey how much Jerry meant to our daily shop hours, because he helped soooooooo many people repair their bikes. To this day, he was the only one I knew who could take almost any frame from our pile and help someone restore it to an almost fully functional bike in a within a week....We are only open three days a week!!! He was literally a community bike guru and we will sorely miss him, his humour, and his skill. 

Service info:

"One Last Ride" and Memorial Gathering. Bring your bicycle and meet at the Morning Call Coffee Stand in City Park(the old casino building) for staging a 730am. The bike ride is set to begin at 8am and we will ride until 9am ending at Morning Call for coffee, beignets and stories til about 1030am. If you're able, please bring a donation of dog food which will be given to shelters to help feed the dogs displaced by the flood. 12 noon burial service in the Garden of Peace at he Garden of Memories Cemeteray on 4800 Airline Dr., Metairie. Immediately following the graveside service, please join us for refreshments at St. Vincent's Hall, (between the Our Lady of Rosary Rectory and the Office) 1322 Moss St

Below is a link to Jerry's Obituary:

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/theneworleansadvocate/obituary.aspx?n=gerard-frederick-praetorius-jerry&pid=181166387&fhid=11013