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, 2750 Avenue B North during our normal business hours of 4-8pm Thursdays and 8-Noon Saturday. If we are not there you can leave them at our gate. If it more convenient, 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 need to schedule a pickup, contact Chris Clark at email@example.com or 843 872-8252.
What happens to my old bike? All bikes go to support our programs in one of three ways. First, if a bike would work well as a donation bike to someone we serve we will set it aside to repair and donate to the right person. Sometimes a bike is not a great bike for donations because it either has too many problems (typically rust-related), or it is too fancy to be reliable being locked up outside overnight on a daily basis. For bikes with too many problems, we will strip parts that are salvageable to use on donation bikes 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 supports the cause.
Do you take other bike gear? Yes! We take bike parts, accessories, and clothing. That 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 welcome volunteers every Thursday from 4-8pm and Saturday from 8-Noon at our warehouse. There is something for everyone from 8 to 80+ years of age. 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. Other than that come on out!
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 our $50 bikes, contact one of our partner agencies to fill out an application.
Do you repair bikes? Not really. We are not a full service bike shop. If you want to come work on your own bike with our tools, awesome. However, if you need someone to fix your bike for you we recommend going to one of our partner local bike shops. We do provide a pop-up repair at One80 Place on the last Saturday of every month where we are glad to make minor adjustments or change flat tires.
What about bikes for kids? We have a program to provide free bikes and helmets to youth ages 10 and younger year round. If you are a parent or guardian simply come in with your child to pick out a bike and helmet. 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.