Where to Get a Bike

Your choices for accessing a bike depend on your budget, location, and culture. For many women and girls around the world, their only way to access a bike is through various organizations that donate them. If you would like to help more women and girls get bikes, please donate to the organizations I’ve listed near the bottom of this page in red. (Please contact me if you know of another organization I should consider adding.)

Here are some other options that may be available to you:

  • Local Bikes Shop/Bike Co-Op If you are looking to access a bike for yourself (or someone you know) and you have the means, search for one at your local bike co-op or local bike shop (some of which have used bikes for sale);
  • Big Box Store/Thrift Shop/Neighborhood Forums If all you can afford and access is a bike from a big-box store or a thrift store, be sure it fits you comfortably and then take it to a bike mechanic to make sure it’s in good operating condition before riding it. You may also want to check out swap boards and online neighborhood forums as so many bikes are just sitting in garages or attics (my road bike was in the attic for 20 years, until this*);
  • Bike Giveaways/Earn-a-Bike Programs There are often holiday bike giveaways and earn-a-bike programs in many communities for those who qualify;
  • Bikeshare Your city or university may also offer publicly-shared bikes at free or affordable rates.

FYI, I currently have four bikes, acquired over many years for a total cost of less than $600US. One (Attica — road bike) was a wedding gift from my hubby 31 years ago* (I included its cost in my total). One (Data — mountain bike) I bought at a used bike store. One (Magic — hybrid bike) was picked from the garbage and fixed up for me by a friend for free. One (Freedom — mountain bike) was donated for me to use with students. A fifth (Mulie — mountain bike) cost $79US at a big box store and was used and loved for years. He has since been recycled as scrap metal (sweet Mulie).

Fun tip: A fun way I’ve made my bikes “my own” and covered up wear and tear is by painting them (I’ve also painted my helmet, shoes, and rollerskates lol.)

@speedofbike

This is the bike my @pedalpowerwithpattie students use if they don’t have their own

♬ original sound – #TrustTheJourney

Check this map to see if your city is currently being served by one of the more-than-125 global Bicycle Mayors with the social enterprise BYCS. If so, that person may be able to connect you with additional bike resources in your city or country. If not, consider applying or nominating someone to be your Bicycle Mayor!

Donate here, or contact to see if you qualify to receive a bike from them:

World Bicycle Relief

Qhubeka

World Vision

FB4K (Free Bikes for Kidz)

Gearing Up

100 Bikes for 100 Girls

SchoolCycle

* Audio excerpt from Traveling at the Speed of Bike, Chapter 2: The Bike in the Attic

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