Bikes for Goodwill

Our Bikes for Goodwill program provides free bicycles to anyone who can’t afford to purchase one. Financial need is determined by nonprofit and government partners who vet clients for financial need. 

If you are receiving help from any organization listed below, ask your caseworker to write you a letter of recommendation to receive a Goodwill Bike.

If you do not qualify to receive one through one of our partner organizations, Goodwill Bikes may be earned through 4 hours of volunteer service.  Find out how to volunteer here.

To become a partner organization, please contact

Current caseworkers, find out if your client qualifies for a free bike here.

Partner Organizations

Center for Women and Children in Crisis

Catholic Community Services of Utah

Provo City School District

Food and Care Coalition

Wasatch Mental Health

Refugee Action Network

House of Hope Utah

Utah Community and Refugee Partnership Center

Boys and Girls Club of Utah County

Utah Foster Care

Utah County 4-H

Deseret Industries and LDS Employment Services

BYU English Language Center

Habitat for Humanity Utah County

Community Action Services and Food Bank

Fresh Start Ventures

Papillion Integrated Recovery Center

 

The Bicycle Collective received $2500 to fund a fall series of after school bike mechanics classes for Elementary Schools in Washington County. We thank Intermountain Healthcare and the Community Partner Fund for helping us to provide basic training and FREE bicycles to elementary students from low-income families!⠀


The St. George Bicycle Collective provides basic bike mechanics training and bicycles to children in need as part of the GO WASH CO initiative, which is brought forth by several agencies including Intermountain Healthcare / Dixie Regional Medical Center, The Bicycle Collective, Southern Utah Bicycle Alliance, Southwest Utah Public Health Department, City of St. George Leisure Services, SelectHeath and the Healthy Dixie Council.

Provo Bicycle Collective is excited to announce a summer full of programs designed to help youth learn problem-solving, safe riding, and bicycle mechanic skills!

Earn-a-Bike

Earn-a-Bike is a hands-on course designed to foster problem solving skills through bicycle mechanics for youth ages 6-16. During the 4-week program, kids are taught basic bicycle mechanics and safety. Each class period, they use our tools to refurbish a bicycle of their choice which they will have the option to keep or donate to a child who might need it more at the end of the course. 

Bike School

Bike School is a week-long day camp designed to teach youth safe bike riding and basic bike mechanics through hands-on experience. They experience everything from fixing a flat, to learning how to ride safely to school, to riding their bike on the Bonneville Shoreline mountain bike trail. 

Learn more or register for either program here!

Staff

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Youth Classes

Please see "youth programs" category.

About the Provo Bicycle Collective

 

The Provo Bicycle Collective was established in 2011 and is Bicycle Collective's fastest-growing location. It operates just south of BYU campus in the Joaquin neighborhood of Provo. This location hosts the most volunteers in the state (over 800) who refurbished 409 bikes for giveaway in 2017. 

As with all other Bicycle Collective locations, Provo Bicycle Collective provides bikes and bike repair to the public at low or no cost.

Here are some of Provo Bicycle Collective's most popular programs:

Swing by the shop at 397 E 200 N today to see what Provo Bicycle Collective has to offer! 

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With the help of our wonderful volunteers, the Provo and Ogden collectives are pleased to announce their first overnight bike trip of the season.  It will take place Friday and Saturday March 24-25th.  More details can be found at the Facebook event page.

From the page:

"Planned costs for this trip will be $5 per person, this covers the causeway toll and camping. We will be leaving from the causeway parking lot at 4 pm.

There will be touring classes given at the Ogden Bicycle collective and the Provo Bicycle collective earlier that week. As with any great bicycle tour we will play things by ear. There is likely to be some fun rides around the island. If you can't make the initial 4pm ride please contact someone at the collective. We will be having a later ride to accommodate you.

This is family friendly. The causeway is about 7 miles long. We will also have a sag wagon available for any assistance for riders. Please do not let lack of gear be the reason you don't give it a try. Please contact one of the hosts or attend the touring classes if you are curious about gear, someone will have something to loan if it is needed.

If touring is something you are interested in then feel free to join this group. https://www.facebook.com/groups/utahbiketouring/ We do a couple trips a year and most are fairly easy."

The North American Handmade Bike Show is coming to Salt Lake City this weekend!

One thing is for sure, this show will be bike nerd heaven.  Companies as large as Shimano and as small as Saltair Cycles will be here showcasing their stuff.  Come see the awesome bicycles and components your fellow Americans (and possibly Canadians) are making!
Free event tickets will be given to those who volunteer with us at the Bicycle Valet.
Join us for a fun alleycat/klunker ride Friday at 6pm at the show site.

Kids Bike Giveaways

OBC partners with community organizations to give bikes to kids in the community. OBC does Kid’s Bike Giveaways throughout the year with a large giveaway around the holidays at the end of the year. With the help of volunteers we work to refurbish kid’s bikes that have been donated to us and try to match kids with their dream bikes.

Basic Bike Mechanic 101

Basic Bike Mechanic 101 Classes are offered every Thursday night at 6:00 pm. Everyone is welcome and the classes are free. Each week we focus on a different component of the bike, so the classes can be taken as stand-alone classes, or in series. There is no sign-up necessary and students get to work on bikes and use the tools in the shop.

Juvenile Justice Jr. Bike Mechanic Apprenticeship Program

Our Jr. Bike Mechanic Apprenticeship Program (Jr. Bike MAP) with the Juvenile Justice centers are an adaptation of our in-shop classes. We’ve taken the course and made it more in-depth and mobile to provide it to youth in the Juvenile Detention Centers in local Juvenile Justice Centers. The course is turned into a 12-week course, with two, two hour long classes per week. Students completely refurbish bikes that have been donated to OBC and learn the skills they would need to gain employment in the bike industry once they are released. Classes are offered in a fall and spring and students who pass midterm and final exams receive a certification from the Ogden Bicycle Collective.

Eagle Scout Projects

Provo Bicycle Collective helps nearly a dozen scouts each year complete their Eagle Projects. The most common project is hosting a bike drive, through which the scout and his volunteers canvas the neighborhood and surrounding communities, notifying the residents of the bike drive and leaving flyers at doors.  The scout and volunteers then pick up unwanted bikes (a large trailer is helpful), and drop them off at our Community Bike Shop. These bikes will be refurbished and given away to homeless, refugees, and low-income individuals, sold to fund our programs, or stripped and recycled. The average project yields between 30 and 100 bicycles. 
We often have other needs to fulfill besides the bike drive project. Please direct all questions to . 

Some Eagle Project approval commitees want the scouts to do a little more.  Here are some extra things that would help us fulfill our mission:

  • - Wash the bikes before bringing them to us.  This could take about 2 hours with lots of helpers.
  • - Host a presentation in your neighborhood on how to bike safely and why we should bike more and drive less (we have presentation materials you can use)

We discourage scouts from trying to repair the bikes or bringing in large groups of volunteers since we already have a large number of volunteers and basic bike mechanic training takes a considerable amount of time.

Mechanics 101

Interested in learning more in-depth about bicycle mechanics? Mechanics 101 is designed to educate you on the inner workings of the bicycle and help you gain the skills to fix your own bicycle or even build the bike of your dreams!  Operations Manager Ikaika Cox teaches this course each Wednesday at 7pm and the topic changes every week, repeating after the ninth week. You must be a current Bicycle Collective Member to participate in this class. No registration is necessary, just show up! Please direct all questions to .

This course will be of interest to you if:

- You want to maintain your own bike

- You want to customize or build your own bike

- You want to be a more skilled volunteer

- You want to work in the bike industry


Winter/Spring 2019 Class Schedule:

Jan 30th: Skills For Everyday Riding

Feb 6th: Rolling Smoothly, Pt. I — Tubes and Tires

Feb 13th: Rolling Smoothly, Pt. II — Hubs

Feb 20th: Rolling Smoothly, Pt. III — Wheel Truing

Feb 27th: A Primer on Controls — Cables & Housing

Mar 6th: Brakes

Mar 13th Shifting Smoothly

Mar 20th: Drivetrain Health and Wellness

Apr 3rd: The Bottom Bracket

Apr 10th: The Headset