The Good Karma Bikes Story

Good Karma Bikes is a non-profit bike shop open to the public. We have locations in Midtown, San Jose (Lincoln/Auzerais) and at Renascent Place (Tully/Senter) in San Jose.

Our mobile bike clinics service both people in-need with free outreach and fee-for-service.

We sell new and refurbished bikes in our retail shop. Our used bicycles come from community-donation and impound. We prevent tons from going into the landfill each year with this job-training up-cycle program. Our trained and friendly mechanics service most makes and models for the best rates in town.

We accept used bike donations to refurbish and sell in our retail store. New bike donations are gladly accepted.

Our History

Good Karma Bikes CEO James T. Gardner, PhD, began helping homeless people in downtown San Jose fix their bicycles on the weekends back in 2008. Discovering an enormous need, Jim began to teach homeless people how to repair their bikes themselves, and they in turn taught others. From there, he started Good Karma Bikes to reach out to people in all forms of recovery and for those whose bicycle is their primary transportation.

Today, you can purchase a fully refurbished bicycle from our retail shop or visit our service department for repairs. We give more then 30% of our gross revenue as financial support for those in need. We give away, on average, 1.5 bikes each day. Since our humble beginnings, we have provided over $2.1M in financial assistance to those in our community. No one has ever been turned away for financial reasons.

Our Mission

The mission of Good Karma Bikes (GKB) is to transform lives through the medium of bicycles.  We invest 30% of the proceeds we make in our full-service bike shop into programs that support our community and improve the environment. Free repairs, parts, and bicycles are also funded by your donations.

We are proud to have over 100,120 volunteer hours.

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Testimonials

 

Pedram Hajjarian

“…This is a great non profit with an awesome friendly staff and volunteers. I’m glad they’re still going strong and donating bicycles they fix….”

 

Edward Yu

“… This place does good work. The people are nice. And they have some very good deal on both new and used bikes. And it’s a good cause!…”

 

Chelsea Taber

“…We had such a great experience at GKB! Their mission is fantastic, their employees are knowledgeable and friendly, and they have a great selection of new and used bikes. We left with two bikes, and are very happy customers!…”