“Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime”
As the founders and owners of Bicycle Warehouse, we have always believed that the bicycle can change lives in a positive way providing Fitness, Freedom, Fun and Transportation. Our tag line says it best – “It’s Your World, Ride It”. It’s this belief that has led us to the Ride Africa Project.
Upon learning about the “Africa Bike Drive & Sister Shop Program” started by Mike’s Bikes in San Francisco, we immediately started the Southern California Chapter to further the cause. The program is a 501(c3) non- profit foundation that establishes self- sustaining bicycle businesses in developing regions in Africa. It partners with local community residents who receive start-up funding along with business and mechanical training to create these sister shops.
We collect donated bikes and gear at all of our stores and events (and money donations via this website). The bikes are shipped to these sister shops in Africa and refurbished before being made available to the local community. Your donated bikes give them access to education, health care, food/water and employment they did not have beforehand.
It empowers people in need, one bike at a time.
We are proud to be part of this worthy cause and look forward to empowering someone with your donation.
Debbe and Mike Simmons
400 Bikes fit in each shipping container.
How it works
Simply bring in your donation bicycle (and/or gear) to one of our stores and drop it off at the collection bins during regular business hours (M-Sat 10-7pm, Sun 11-5pm). We will take down your contact information and email you a 501(c)(3) receipt that you may use to deduct your bike donation on your taxes.
Your bicycle is collected and shipped to one of numerous shops across Africa where they are given new life. They are refurbished by local mechanics and sold at an affordable price which creates jobs, stimulates the economy and gives the freedom of mobility.
Want to help out but don't have an old bike?
You can make a donation via credit card in one of our stores.
Make a tax-deductible donation today. All donations go directly to expanding these services in Africa. ("Bicycle Warehouse" will appear on your credit card bill. All funds to straight to the Mike's Bikes Foundation, a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit.)
We Thank You and the many lives you improve in Africa Thank You
Read our blog for updates on the Ride Africa Project.