Bikes for Tykes

Do you remember your first bike? I remember mine, it was blue with white tires and a flower covered banana seat. It was not only my freedom to get around, but also my freedom to explore. With this bike I started a love affair that has lasted to this day. Imagine never having that first bike. For many kids, this is a reality. Help us put a first bike into the hands of 100+ elementary aged children by donating to our Bikes for Tykes fundraiser.

Bingham CycleryMTB Enthusiasts of Utah and WomenMTB have come together to raise money for us here at the Collective. Last year was an amazing success with over $7000 raised in monetary and in kind donations we were able to give more than 90 bikes to kids in need.  This year we hope to do even more and will be hosting 2 events!

MAKE A CHILD HAPPY THIS SEASON

If you want to help, any amount from $5 to $500, makes a difference. Donate today! You can also help by volunteering for the giveaway events on Nov. 11th in Ogden and Dec. 2nd in Salt Lake, to do so, fill out this form and someone will be in touch.

Funds above and beyond what is needed for the Bikes for Tykes giveaway will be used to support a new Bicycle Collective youth program called “Bike School.” From start to finish, this program aims to place young people from diverse backgrounds in real bike shop jobs along the Wasatch Front, teach life long job skills and continue to provide a way for youth to earn a bike through volunteerism.

Support Bikes for Tykes

Community Bike Shop

 

Want to fix your own bicycle?  During Open Shop hours, we have up to six workbenches of professional-grade bike tools available for public use.  With the guidance of a staff mechanic, even those who have never picked up a wrench before can learn how to repair a flat tire, replace a cable, or even give their bike a full tune-up. 

Matt Jacobs, Kira Johnson and Austin Taylor of Provo Bicycle Collective were featured on BYU Radio's Constant Wonder. Listen to us explain how PBC empowers people to fix things, gives bikes to those in need and creates community at the same time.

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Here are some money quotes:

“The streets are a public space and there is nowhere else where you can see people so close physically that are so different economically. The bicycle is a way of joining people together and building community. That’s a slogan of the Bicycle Collective; recycling bicycles, building community. That’s what we hope to do, is build community through bicycles.” - Austin, PBC Director

“The speed of discovery…that feeling you get from cruising around on a bike; noticing things that you wouldn’t otherwise.” 

“There’s a drive to give back and help out in our community. The people with real needs are not always visible. By having nonprofits that care for them, that are invested in them, we can help them out. Together, we can fulfill this higher purpose.” - Matt, Volunteer and Programs Coordinator

Women’s night “makes me feel this desire to do more hands-on. If some kind of manual labor needs to be done, I’m not going to do that a man will do it, and I will do it instead.” - Kira, Women’s Night Manager

“Women can do great things. Women have the tendency to look at details, and when they get things done…it’s done with more care.” - Alexis, PBC volunteer

"If you see that norse god (Kai Cox) down there at the shop, tell him hi for me." - Marcus

Youth Open Shop

Youth Open Shop is an afterschool program designed to teach bicycle mechanics to youth ages 8-18. Youth Open Shop hours are set aside only for youth so they have a place to learn among their peers. Youth can expect the same do-it-yourself experience as our normal Open Shop users have; staff will provide guidance but not do repairs for them.

Current Youth Open Shop Hours: Mondays 3:30pm-5:30pm

Please direct all questions regarding Youth Open Shop to

During Youth Open Shop, youth are allowed to:

  1. Work on their own bike
  2. Work on bikes for giveaway
  3. Earn a bike for themselves by first working on bikes for giveaway

Please note:

  • While the shop time fee is waived, youth are still responsible to pay for all new parts they use or earn used parts by volunteering
  • PBC will not store your child's projects
  • Workstands are first-come-first-served and PBC shop staff have the right to turn youth away if the shop is too full
  • PBC staff will not tolerate misbehavior and reserve the right to ban youth from Youth Open Shop
  • Youth are responsible for repairing their own bicycles; PBC staff will not repair bikes for them
  • Parents are welcome to wait in the shop but are not allowed to work on bikes with thier children.

Buy a Bike

We carry diverse, ever-changing selection of fully-refurbished used bikes. Our favorite bikes are "commutified"--reliable bikes from the 80s and 90s that we convert to comfy everyday bikes--but our shelves are often stocked with everything from feather-light road bikes to full-suspension mountain bikes. Because everything we carry is donated to us, we never really know what’s going to be on the shelf from week to week.

Come to our shop or call us today to find out what's in store!

Every kid deserves a bike. That’s why, in celebration of Provo School District’s Bike to School Week (September 10-15, 2018), Provo Bicycle Collective has committed to giving away 75 free bicycles to children whose families cannot afford to purchase a bike for them.

The bicycles will be distributed through the Parent Teacher Associations of Rock Canyon, Timpanogos, Sunset View, Provost, Franklin, Provo Peaks, Spring Creek, and Edgemont elementary schools.

Some children have already received their bicycles (see attached photos), but most will receive them during Bike to School Week.

Why is this necessary?

The National Center for Safe Routes to School found that only 2.2% of children biked to school in 2013. According to the Utah Department of Health, childhood obesity in Utah is rising as more children are driven or bussed to school. We hope these children use their new bikes to get to school each day and that they adopt an active, healthy lifestyle.

Contact

Media professionals who are interested in filming or photographing children receiving their bicycles during Bike to School Week should contact Provo Bicycle Collective’s director, Austin Taylor, at .

My name is Samuel Osorio. I was born in Bogota, Colombia. When I was four I moved to Miami, Florida with my family and lived there for 18 years. Miami is crazy busy and driving sometimes the most stressful thing to do. I’ve been riding bikes my whole life; it saved me time and hassle trying to find parking. Before working at the PBC, I worked at a gym teaching kids how to rock climb. My goal is to help as many people own a bike and enjoy it. 

Impact & Annual Reports

Impact

Check out the impact we've had on our GuideStar Profile.

2019 at a glance

 

Annual Reports

Learn what we've accomplished by reading our annual reports below: