Bike Buddies Giveaway at Gilbert Heights 6/11/16

Flyer for this Saturday's Bike Buddies Giveaway at Gilbert Heights Elementary School

Flyer for this Saturday’s Bike Buddies Giveaway at Gilbert Heights Elementary School

This Saturday – 6/11/16 – at Gilbert Heights Elementary, Bikes for Humanity, in partnership with the Bicycle Transportation Alliance and with support from Oregon Community Foundation’s Nike Community Impact Fund, will grant 30 refurbished bicycles – along with helmets, locks, and bells, to students of the BTA’s Safe Routes to School program in Portland area schools.

B4H Board Member Andrew Shaw-Kitch and a bike that'll make a new buddy this weekend.

B4H Board Member Andrew Shaw-Kitch and a bike that’ll make a new buddy this weekend.

Ways you can help:

  • Wrench on bikes all this week at the shop! No need to sign-up; simply drop in during our normal hours (posted in the sidebar to the right of this article) and help get a bike ready for it’s new rider.
  • Sign-up to help out at the event! The event runs from 10 to 4 at Gilbert Heights Elementary, 12839 SE Holgate Blvd, and we need help setting it up in the morning, fitting helmets and bikes during the event, as well as working on bikes, taking pictures, talking to folks, and, of course, tearing it all back down. Let us know how you’d like to be involved by filling out this form.
  • Donate to support this and other programming from Bikes for Humanity!


Bike Buddies needs your unused bikes!

Donate a Bike Flyer

Bikes for Humanity is urgently seeking your unused bikes for donation to students in underserved schools!

Last year, we turned 80 of Portland’s unused, garage-cluttering bicycles into vehicles for students at underserved schools, and we’re very happy to announced that we’re doing it again in 2016! In partnership with the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, and with support from the Oregon Community Foundation and Nike Community Impact Fund, we are planning 3 events to grant 90 bicycles, along with locks, bells, and helmets, to 4th & 5th grade graduates of the BTA’s Bicycle Safety Education program.

The first event will be June 11th at Gilbert Heights Elementary, where we will give away 40 bikes. But first, WE NEED MORE BIKES!

Do you have a bike in your possession that your child has outgrown? Is it taking up space that could be better used for a tarantula tank, a loom, or literally anything else? Donate it to Bikes for Humanity! We’ll hand you back a tax deductible charitable contribution receipt and you’ll walk away with the warm feeling that comes with helping out a kid in need.

To support this initiative, we are holding a BIKE DONATION DRIVE at B4H on Saturday, 5/21/16. Bring your donation by, check out the shop, and meet our friendly volunteers and mechanics. Can’t make the drive? NO WORRIES! Contact us via email or phone and we’ll arrange a pick-up at your home on a date and time that is convenient for you. Contact info can be found in the sidebar on this page or in the flyer above.

We are specifically seeking multispeed bikes with handbrakes and 24″ tires, but we will accept other donations. Please feel free to call ahead if you are uncertain about your bicycle’s suitability.

A PDF of our flyer can be found here. Spread the word!


Bike Buddies Giveaway is THIS SATURDAY (12/12/15)

Dave B Bike Buddy

Dave happily working on a bike.

As pictured, our volunteers and staff are hard at work getting everything in order for the event. This past Saturday, we were joined by BTA staff for a volunteer work party, where a lot of our bikes were built-up, tuned up, and tested for road worthiness. We’re almost ready, but there is still a lot of work to do!

Ways you can help:

  • Donate! – click the link to visit our donation page. A donation of $50 roughly translates to 1 new bike buddy. Cash and check donations may be made in person or via mail to our repair shop.
  • Volunteer at Arleta this Saturday. Whether you’d like to wrench on bikes, greet grantees when they arrive, or help with bike selection and helmet fitting, your help is greatly appreciated and vital to the success of the event. Click here to fill out the volunteer registration form!
  • Volunteer at the shop! As always, we run a Volunteer Repair Clinic during all of our open hours, and you are always welcome to drop-in and help for a day or an hour, whatever works for you.
  • Donate 24″ bikes. This is the size of bike most commonly needed by 4th and 5th graders and we are always on the look out for more. Lucky for us, Kids grow out of this size after a few years and you just might have one cluttering your garage or storage space. Remember: all donations to Bikes for Humanity are tax deductible.

Thanks! We can’t do it without you.

Adopt a Bike: Gold Nishiki

Gold NishikiTHIS IS A SWEET BIKE! Circa Mid-80’s Nishiki road bike! It came from Japan but it’s in Portland now and looking for a new home. You could ride in practical style on this  lugged steel frame with a gimmie gimmie gold paint job and color-coordinated cable housings.


63cm Seat tube, built for a tall rider

12 speeds!

Classic drop handlebars with classy bar-end shifters

This lobster has blue feelers

This lobster has blue feelers.

Stylish blue cable housing!!!

Sun Rims CR-18 27″ Aluminum Rims, for excellent stopping power in all weather conditions

SunTour SL “High Normal” Front Derailleur – unlike the more standard “low normal” design, where the derailleur is naturally in the lowest chainring and by pulling the cable we move to the higher gear, this derailleur’s natural position is in the higher of the two chainrings, and pulling the cable shifts into the lower gear. The benefit of this, to the rider’s perspective, is that you move both of your shifters in the same direction to shift from high to low gears. This is to make shifting a bit more intuitive.

SunTour SL "High Normal" Front Derailleur

SunTour SL “High Normal” Front Derailleur



Test-ridden and ready to roll! Visit our repair shop on Powell to take this or any of our bikes for a test ride. Call for price and availability.

Park Rose Fix-it Fair November 21st

Each winter, Bikes for Humanity participates in the City of Portland’s Fix-it Fairs. A Fix-it Fair is a free, public event that connects Portland residents to local resources. Each fair involves classes for attendees, tabling with representatives from government and non-profit agencies, a free lunch, and free on-site services, including BIKE REPAIR provided by B4H and our friends from Bike Farm.

This winter’s first fair will be Saturday, November 21, 2015 at Parkrose High School, 12003 NE Shaver St, Portland, OR 97220, from 9:30am – 3:00pm.

I’ll be there.

This was the first external event I did with B4H after coming on board as a volunteer last year. It was a blast! The Bicycle Transportation Alliance provided spare parts and B4H and Bike Farm brought the tools and elbow grease. Attendees were treated to complimentary repairs and parts where appropriate. Volunteers were treated to breakfast and lunch. It felt great to apply my skills to help others and connect with a community of like minded people.

Whether you’ve got a bicycle in need or you’re looking for a volunteer opportunity, I hope to see you there!

The author, not looking at the camera at last year’s Park Rose Fix-it Fair