Community Bike Shop
The tools and bike stands at Sharing Wheels are available for anyone to use during shop hours – no charge.
Fix your own flat, adjust your gears, buy new brake pads and install them. You can often get help and guidance from more experienced Sharing Wheels volunteers.
Low-income people, DIY-tinkerers, and basic bike geeks benefit from our open, community shop policy.
Kids Bike Swap – June
Once a year in June kids have the opportunity to trade in that bike they have outgrown and get a bike that fits them. Kids donate their old bike and receive a voucher for the value to be redeemed towards another bike Sharing Wheels volunteers have refurbished.
Hundreds of dollars of new parts and many volunteer hours go into preparing bikes for the swap. 100+ bikes went home with kids in 2016.
Each fall, Sharing Wheels contributes refurbished children’s bicycles to another non-profit, Christmas House. In 2015, more than 120 low income kids will get a special bike for the holiday.
Sharing Wheels volunteers dedicated 380 hours to the program. We polished, repaired, and installed $1,500 worth of new parts: pink bike seats, purple grips, whatever it took to make the bikes safe and ready for new riders.
Sharing Wheels offers bike classes for a small fee that supports the shop. The goal is to give people the skills to work on their own bikes – as well as to train future volunteers who can help in the shop.
We have both a basic bike mechanics and an advanced class. Classes are for adults, age 18 and up.
Work for Wheels – Repairs Only
Low income adults can get bicycle repairs done by committing volunteer hours in exchange for repairs completed. Work tasks range from sweeping the shop, sorting parts, or helping load bicycles into customer vehicles.
Village Bicycle Project
About once a year Sharing Wheels donates surplus bicycles to the Village Bike Project, which sends bikes to Africa. Some bikes that would never sell here or take too much work to fix still have value as transportation in other countries.
30 bikes were donated in 2014. We expect to give about 60 bikes in 2015.