Thank you for your interest in a bike donation. The mission of Good Karma Bikes is to transform lives through the medium of bicycles. Research has shown that transportation access is the single biggest factor in helping people avoid and recover from homelessness; it’s critical to holding down a job, getting to school, keeping service appointments, and many more aspects of daily life.

That being said, we automatically think about adults in recovery. Did you know that we also provide free bikes to children? For a low-income child, a bicycle represents freedom – a sense of joy and comfort in owning a bike. A bike for a child who has never had one and whose family can’t afford one is more than a gift; it’s a cause for hope and confidence; it will impact them for years to come.

We accept used adult and children’s bikes in gently used condition. Please review our intake guidelines below. If you answer ‘Yes’ to most questions, we may not be able to refurbish your bike. However, we are happy to look at it to make an assessment. We also accept gently used bike parts.

Used Bicycle Intake Guidelines

Used bicycles come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and conditions. Each bicycle brought to Good Karma Bikes is evaluated for its potential as a safe, reliable mode of transportation.

If it is determined to be a good candidate for refurbishing, great! We’ll get to work on your donated bike and get it into the hands of a deserving individual.

If we determine your bike cannot be refurbished cost effectively, we will gladly recycle it for a $20 per bike donation. You’re also free to recycle the bike on your own. We recommend any of the following local recyclers.

Used Bicycle Intake Guidelines

At Good Karma Bicycles, we evaluate each donated bicycle against the following checklist to determine its potential to be refurbished.

  • Was the bicycle stored outside?
  • Is the bicycle dirty / greasy / dusty (some is ok)?
  • Are the wheels and rims bent or damaged?
  • Is the chain or gears rusted?
  • Does the frame have rust spots larger than a dime?
  • Has the bike been in a crash?
  • Is the frame intact with no cracks or bent pieces?
  • Are the tires or sidewalls cracked?
  • Is the cable housing cracked or broken?
  • Are the derailleurs bent or damaged?
  • Can the seat post move up or down?

If your bike meets these intake guidelines, we are happy to accept it during our retail hours (12-4 pm) Tuesday-Saturday. Thank you for thinking of us!

Maybe you don’t have a bike to donate but you would like to help. Consider donating a recurring monthly gift within your means to help our friends in need. Your donations make all of this work possible. Please remember that each and every gift counts, regardless of the amount, and is deeply appreciated.

Donating Department Store Bicycles

Good Karma Bikes gladly accepts department store quality bicycles in line-new condition.

However, many used department store bicycles cannot always be refurbished. They are often manufactured with lower quality parts that have a limited life span and cannot be replaced or repaired with the assurance of rider safety.

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