bike donations

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You can donate a bike anytime we are open.

 

BEST BIKES TO DONATE

What kinds of bikes and parts are we looking for? Quality used bikes that we can repair and offer to the community at affordable prices or use for youth programming.


All styles and sizes: mountain, road, hybrid, bmx, kids, etc.

Some companies stake their reputations on quality, and have (almost) never made a bad bike. Even if they are beyond repair, we can likely strip the quality parts and get another bike moving. These names give us the chance to build a great older ride for a new rider at a reasonable price. Such names include:

  • Fuji

  • Trek

  • Cannondale

  • KHS

  • Giant

  • Miyata

  • Diamondback

  • Marin

  • Norco

  • Gary Fisher

  • Jamis

  • Bridgestone

  • Redline

  • Panasonic

  • Schwinn

  • Bianchi (nearly all Italian bikes that make it here are GORGEOUS)

  • Univega

  • Centurion

  • Raleigh

  • Kona

  • Nishiki

  • K2/Pro-Flex

  • Novara

  • Surly

WHAT NOT TO DONATE

On the other hand, some companies use weaker and heavier metals machined more roughly, and these bikes generally do not work very well to start and then wear out fast. These are the bikes that sell for $200 or less at department stores and places like Wal-Mart. In perfect condition, they can be an important entry point for those with limited funds, but they generally do not respond well to repairs. Brands that fall into this category:

  • Huffy

  • Magna

  • Roadmaster

  • Next

  • Vertical

  • Kent

  • Rallye

  • Hyper

OTHER BIKE DONATION TIPS

Bikes should be mostly complete. If there are dents or other deep damage to the frame, or if the chain, spokes or other parts are covered in rust, we may not be able to sell them. Some bikes are less serviceable than others; if you’re unsure that we can use your bike, email a photo before you visit to donations@2ndCycle.org


Bike parts should have limited wear and no damage. Please have parts in a container that you can leave with us, like a paper bag. Containers will not be returned.

Can’t bring your donations to the shop? We are creating a network of volunteers to pick up donations. Email donations@2ndCycle.org for more info.

Many thanks for your continued support. Handling donations through the alley will help protect customers waiting for service out front and keep our operations efficient and safe. Please do not drop off donations if you are sick or exhibiting symptoms of illness. Stay Home, Stay Healthy!

Thank you! thank you! ThanK you!