Where to Donate Old Bicycles
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Where to Donate Old Bicycles
We are interested in finding a local charity (Oakland preferably) to donate
our son's bicycle. It's in great shape and we would like to be able to bring
it to someplace local.
You might consider Cycles of Change, a nonprofit at Alameda
Point that offers education programs (like training to
repair and refurbish bikes) to low-income youth in the East
Cycles of Change (http://www.cyclesofchange.org/) is an
organization that meets your requirements. I haven't had any
experience with them, but found them a while back while
surfing the net.
Another possibility is the Oakland Museum's White Elephant
Sale. They are a great place to donate just about everything
to, and the $$ supports one of our best regional museums.
We were given a mountain bike by a friend who moved. It was kept outside on his boat and is a bit rusty and
needs a bit more work than we are interested in. We would love to donate it to a group that refurbishes bikes
for teens but haven't found any. The bike club at my child's school doesn't do this. Anyone know someplace
that could make good use of this.
Try pedal revolution in San Francisco:
I donated my bike to this organization a year ago and it's exactly what you're looking for. The
East Bay Bicycle Coalition's Cycles of Change Youth Bike Program teaches kids to work on bikes, and
encourages bike riding for all the right reasons. I took my bike directly to the Middle School in
North Berkeley -- I believe King Middle School (the one with the edible schoolyard) -- to their
bicycle workshop. They accepted it with much gratitude, gave me a tour of the shop, and gave me a
receipt for tax purposes. I no longer have the specific contact information but if you look up
Cycles of Change, I'm sure you won't have a problem Rachael
You could contact the NorCal Mountain Bike league to see if they'd be interested. This is an
association of high school mountain biking teams and I know there are kids that always need donated
gear. Contact is: firstname.lastname@example.org. Rust though is pretty bad for a mountain bike.
Alameda Point Collaborative (the non-profit agency I work for) is partnering with an Oakland group
called ''Cycles of Change'' and has started a community bike shop. Please consider donating your
bikes to the APC Community Bike Shop! They accept donated bikes which are then fixed up by the
formerly homeless youth and adults living in APC housing; the residents can ''earn'' a bike by
working in the bike shop. The community bike shop also holds bikes sales for the general public
(income helps to help sustain the project), so please keep us in mind if you are ever in the market
for a refurbished bike!
For more info:
or call the Alameda Point Collaborative main office number (510)898-7800 and ask for Barry, Donna,
Thanks for your support!
Have you tried The Tinkers Workshop in Berkeley at Aquatic Park?
A great place to donate your mountain bike is Trips for Kids in Marin. It's a wonderful
organization that takes disadvantaged kids from the Bay area out on mountain bike trips. I'm sure
they would love a bike donation to their Thrift shop, The Recyclery. Here's their website and
The Tinkers Workshop in Berkeley will probably take your rusty mountain bike. They have a bike
-- A tinker's friend
Is there a non-profit that takes old bikes and fixes them up for
kids (or adults) in need? We have 2 bikes we'd like to donate
to a worthy cause.
Check out Trips for kids. Their website is:
Their website says:
''Trips for Kids Marin was started by avid mountain biker and
environmentalist Marilyn Price in 1988. She knew that there were
kids who lived in the inner-city of San Francisco and had never
experienced the beauty of open space to the north in Marin
County. We have seen the benefits that result from exposing kids
to the environment through a mountain bike ride. On Trips for
Kids rides across North America, kids come from different
backgrounds and have different challenges in life. They might
live in the inner city and be tempted to join a gang; or live on
a reservation where options for activities after school are very
limited. Maybe they come from a single-parent home where there's
just not enough money to buy something like a bicycle. But these
kids have one thing in common. They are kids and kids love
bikes. There is a sense of freedom on a bicycle. It's a vehicle
for exploring new environments. And there is a physical
challenge inherent in mountain biking. With 15 years of
experience in taking disadvantaged youth on mountain bike rides,
we feel that we have a unique ability to help others begin
similar programs in their area. ''
You could probably donate them to Berkeley Boosters. http://berkeleyboosters.org/
To make a donation contact their Administrative Director at: (510) 843-6542.
The Tinkers Workshop at 1336 Channing (Corner of Channing &
Valley)takes bicycles and bicycle parts to be given to children
and adults who want to make, fix or add to a bike. Workshops,
help building and fixing a bike, and using their tools are free
and the child can then keep the bike they make. It is a great
organization. For more information you can call Nick at 644-
2577. They also offer sewing classes and other types of classes.
I think you should call the Tinkers Workshop in Berkeley--I'm
pretty sure this is exactly what they do. They're in the phone
Does anyone know what charitable organization will take two very
old bicycles...and by ''very old,'' I mean 20-25 years old! I'm
pretty sure they don't have any exchange value, but they
probably have some use value (both, to my knowledge, are still
in working condition). I tried Goodwill, but they won't take
Trips for Kids in San Rafael is a wonderful non-profit serving
low income youth. You may want to check with them as they often
take donated bikes, which are then fixed up and sold as a way to
raise $ -- (415) 458-2986
Try donating old bikes to Berkeley's Tinker's Workshop, try
calling my son the bike mechanic at 548-5622 (he's been known to
rehab old ones or can give you more ideas), or try putting an ad
on craigslist if the first two don't work!
There is a great organization called Cycles of Change in
Oakland. They work with the kids to learn bike mechanics and
take them riding, camping, leadership training and more. Call
Maya at: 510.693.3763 You can also call me and I can help get in
touch with them. We work together on projects.
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