Do you take donation bikes? Yes! We take bikes of all types and in all conditions. You can drop off a donation bike at our warehouse, building 1601 at 2750 Avenue B North (next to Fisher Recycling) in North Charleston during any of our regularly scheduled volunteer workdays. You can also drop off a bike at any of our participating local bike shops around the area. If you have more than five bikes and would like to inquire about scheduling a pickup, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (843) 608-8383.
What happens to my old bike? All bikes support our programs in one of three ways. First, if a bike would work well as a donation bike for someone we serve through our Change a Tire Change a Life program, we will set it aside to repair and donate it to the right person. Sometimes a bike is not an ideal bike for Change a Tire, Change a Life because it either has too many problems (typically rust-related), or it is too fancy to be locked up outside overnight on a daily basis. For bikes with too many problems, we will strip parts that are salvageable and take the rest to a local scrap yard for a few dollars. For bikes on the fancy end, we will fix them up and sell them. All funds from sales goes directly to fund fixing up bikes for people in need, so every bike you donate supports the cause.
Do you take other bike gear? Yes! We take bike parts, accessories, and clothing in relatively good condition. This includes parts like cranks, pedals, chains, brakes, and derailleurs; accessories like car racks, panniers, seat bags, lights, and bells; and clothing like jerseys, shorts, caps, and gloves. Old is fine but clean and without holes or severe wear is appreciated.
How can I volunteer? We typically welcome volunteers three times every week: Tuesdays from 4 pm – 8 pm, Thursdays from 4 pm – 8 pm, and Saturdays from 9 am to 12 pm at our warehouse. Before you come, please check our Facebook to confirm that the session you want to come to is definitely happening, as sometimes we have to cancel for various reasons. You can sign up to volunteer using these forms: Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. There is something to do for all ages and abilities. If you are handy and want to work on bikes, great! If you want to learn how to work on bikes, great! If you don’t want to work on bikes but still want to pitch in, great! We require closed-toed shoes and recommend dressing for the outside temperature. All volunteers must wear masks and practice social distancing while inside the warehouse.
How do you pick who gets a bike? We don’t. We work with other social service agencies who are serving clients in need. If they see that a client needs a bike they let us know and we get them a bike. If you or someone you know need a bike and cannot afford any of the bikes in our online store, please contact one of our partner agencies to fill out an application or send us an email if that is not an option.
Do you repair bikes? Not really. We are not a full-service bike shop. If you need someone to fix your bike for you we recommend going to one of our partner local bike shops.
What about bikes for kids? We have a program to provide free bikes and helmets to youth ages 10 and younger year-round. You can pick from any of our youth bikes with wheels 20″ or smaller. Many are in great shape, some need a little work, and they all could use a little cleaning. No guarantees on availability as bikes and helmets are coming in and going out every week. Bikes are donated in an “as-is” condition and without additional accessories. Limit 1 bike per child per year. Additional bikes, parts, and accessories may be purchased at normal prices. We currently are in the midst of our Free Bikes 4 Kids Spring Giveaway (deadline to apply is April 30th, 2021), so if you’d like a youth bike that has already been fixed and polished up, please check out the program details and contact us if you have any questions!
How can I pick up a bike that I purchased from online from the Bicycle Thrift Store? You can stop by during any volunteer session (see above for days and times). Please keep in mind that we are a small nonprofit, and sometimes have to cancel a volunteer session, so it’s also a good idea to send us an email or give us a call before you come by.