Second Cycle was formed in May 2008 by a group of cyclists, bike mechanics, and bike messengers who simply had the desire to see more people on bikes. We started out in a tiny, cramped basement garage where we only had one folding stand, a milk crate of spare parts, and very limited tooling. Over the next several years, we worked diligently, helping people work on their bikes, raising funds, and building our community.
In 2011, we moved to a storefront location and incorporated as a Washington State nonprofit organization. Soon after, we received our 501(c)(3) status. In 2013, we hired founding member Travis Martin as our shop manager, increased our open hours, and expanded our roles within the community. That year, Second Cycle repaired and sold over 250 affordable, donated bikes back to the community and assisted over 100 community members a week during our open shop hours. In 2016, we hired a youth program manager as part of our plan to expand and strengthen youth programming and education. We are committed to growing and refining our educational programming for youth and adults while continuing to remain equitable and accessible to the greater Tacoma community.