Access to transportation is the single biggest factor helping people avoid homelessness, hold a job, and keep service appointments.  Your support is helping so many in need.

Together, we pay it forward.


Philip came in for an adjustment on his Trek bike. The very next weekend, his bike was stolen and he returned to us for help. He shared the heart-sinking feeling of coming outside to find his bike lock cut and his beautiful Trek mountain bike gone.

Philip describes himself as homeless and on a fixed income. He said it is extremely difficult for him to walk everywhere he needs to go. We were happy to grant him a refurbished bike, a bike helmet, and a bike lock the same day.

Granted Bike


Edwin came to us needing a bike to get to his doctor appointments, food donation locations, and other appointments. We were happy to grant him a bike, helmet, and lock the same day.

Granted Bike


Julie was walking her dog past our free Saturday Clinic at Renascent place when she stopped to compliment a pink cruiser we were currently fixing up. She walked up to the service stand and asked how much it was. She told us she recently had to sell her car as the transmission went out and was too costly to repair. She could hardly believe it when we said “if you like it, you can have it.” She replied, “but for how much?” Free! We just asked her to do something nice for someone else that day, which she promised to do. She said we made her entire year!

Good Karma Bike Client


Carlos was hit by a car while riding his bike and had a tough time getting back on his feet. He depends on his bike for transportation. It also enabled him to find a job with Door Dash.

Unfortunately, the bike Carlos brought in was well beyond the state of repair following the accident. We were happy to grant him a refurbished bike to get back on the road.

Bike granted


We were contacted by The Kinship, Adoptive, and Foster Parent Association (KAFPA) of Santa Clara County. They were having a holiday giveaway and had far more demand than they had bikes. They needed help, fearful of the worst – having to turn children away. We made a call out to our community for bike donations through KTVU.  We were flooded with used bike donations from all over the Bay Area. The story even reached Turlock – a private firm shipped us 50 brand new bikes! We were able to provide over 150 bikes to children in need-  a very special holiday to remember.



Mr. D. is a Vietnam Veteran who came into Good Karma Bikes and said he was proud to be eleven months clean. Recently, he rear wheel was stolen off his bicycle. We replaced the wheel and the tire, free of charge. We also adjusted his brakes and lubed his gear shifters.

He told us he uses his bike to commute to doctor’s appointments. The added exercise also helps him keep his diabetes in check. As he rode away, he said, “As a veteran, it makes a big difference knowing there are people who care.”

Bike Recipient


In the aftermath of the George Floyd protests, northwest bike manufacturer Kona Bicycles offered Good Karma a dozen new bikes to be distributed to groups supporting the African-American community. Days later, Ray walked into Good Karma looking for a bike. He had suffered a double pulmonary edema and had been out of work for months. His doctor told him that riding a bike would be great exercise to support his recovery. He was our first recipient of granted Kona Bike.


Not long after Ray came in, Vincent came in to see us. Vincent is a veteran whose bike — which he used to go to his chemo treatments, had just been stolen. Those who knew him around downtown San Jose encouraged him to go to come into Good Karma for a replacement, and while Vincent isn’t African-American, our Kona’s sales rep felt

the donation fit into the spirit of the effort. Vincent was overjoyed, he had no idea

he would be receiving a new bike that day.

Rebekah with Bike


The common expression, “It’s so easy, just like riding a bike!” I’ve never gotten it. I feel like people take the simplicity of riding a bike for granted. For someone like myself, it’s not so easy.

I’m Rebekah. I’m an actor, writer, artist, and musician – I also have cerebral palsy. I never learned to ride a bike due to balance issues. I’ve been on a constant growth journey- trying to love myself and where I am at. In this act of self-acceptance, I found Good Karma bikes. I don’t have a car and walking is hard for me. I carry a cane and there is never a guarantee for a seat on the bus. At Good Karma Bikes, I found an adult trike that spoke to my heart. A brown seat and shiny blue paint. I put the bike on layaway and planned to pick it up once it was paid it off. About a week later, I received a call from Jenny at Good Karma Bikes.

She said, “In the spirit of the holiday season, we would like to give you the bike, Rebekah.” I was so blown away, I was moved to tears. Sometimes you don’t know the impact of acts of kindness, generosity, and compassion. I have to say, you hear about them, but you never expect them to happen to you. I’ve always been a person that believes in sowing good seeds. And sow good seeds while knowing, you never know which one will bloom. I believe in karma and the principle of paying it forward. This gift will help with less stress getting to work while helping me help myself in all others areas of my life. I am so thankful that such a wonderful place exists in San Jose, and I am grateful to Good Karma for blessing me with this wonderful gift that means more than I am able to convey. Here’s to Good Karma and remembering to pay it forward.


Research shows endurance exercise greatly improves physical and mental health. Meet Thomas who has been unemployed, unable to afford a card, and has been caring for his elderly moth one the course of the COVID-19 pandemic.

He came to us in need of a bicycle for transportation and exercise, hoping it will improve his health. He had to wait a bit until we received a bike donation that fit his six-foot frame, but one arrived from a generous doner that we fixed up nicely. Thomas said he loves Good Karma Bikes and thanks the generous donors for his new bike.

granted bike


Barbara came to us months ago looking for a sturdy bike to get her to and from work. By the time we had the perfect bike ready for her, her phone number has been disconnected. Months later she contacted us again when she had earned enough money for a reliable phone. We were able to find another bike for her that was even better than the one we had on hold for her before. She also received a new lock through our current program sponsoring new locks for people receiving granted bikes. She said she is grateful for the donations and volunteers who made this possible.

Granted Bike


Maria came in with her foster mom looking for a bike to get her to work and the gym. She loved this new bike and we also granted her a lock and helmet!
Granted Bike


John was referred to us by his social worker. He loved his new bike that we granted him and told us that it would help him find employment and get to and from work and help him see his family.