Where do you get these bicycles? From people like you! Do you have a bike in your garage that you haven't ridden in years? Did your kids outgrow theirs? Did you get a new one? A better one? If no one claims the bicycles turned in to the police department after several months, they might ask us to fix it and share it. Why not donate it to The Bike Place? Don't worry if the tires are flat, the seat is worn out or the gears won't work. We are very grateful for whatever we get. What do I have to do to donate? It's best to email or call us first. Here is what we will accept:
What do you do with all these bikes? We sort the ones we can save and those that are "long gone." If we can, we'll save some parts from used bikes but recycle the res . We'll fix up whatever we can, and like to help people learn by taking bikes apart and putting them back together again. If parts are broken, we fix or replace them. Do you sell bicycles? Yes!Some bicycles we get are "like new;" in almost perfect shape. Maybe they are older models, or the person who gave them to us simply wanted to upgrade. If you bought them at full price, they would be expensive! We price them much lower than anywhere else. But our goal is not to compete with the great bike shops who help us. We simply want to cover our costs so we can keep going. Visit Like this Bike on this website. Look in the Bureau County Republican and our Facebook page. And once or twice a year, join us at a Bike Swaparama. What about rentals? Can I get a bike for an hour, a day or longer? Yes! We're beginning to find really comfortable bicycles and tricycles that anyone can ride. Ask about what's available. Is The Bike Place non-profit? Yes, definitely. You can deduct the value of whatever you donate because of our working relationship with the Starved Rock Country Community Foundation, a tax-exempt organization authorized in section 501c3 of the Internal Revenue Code. Who does all the work? We like learning by doing, and our pay is the knowledge that we're helping people stay healthy, have fun and get around town safely. High school students can meet community service requirements with us, and adult volunteers work here for all kinds of reasons. Mostly, we like fixing stuff. Here are some of our most honored and valued "staff" so far. Join us!