Donate a Bike

Old bikes cluttering up your garage/basement/yard?
We want 'em!

Neighborhood Bike Works Donations FAQ

What donations do you accept?

  • All styles of bikes - road, hybrid, mountain, & BMX
  • Bikes with 20 inch wheels and larger
  • Bike tools
  • Bike components (parts) that are in good condition
  • Accessories that are in good working condition: lights, mirrors, computers, bike racks & baskets, air pumps, panniers, saddle bags, water bottle cages & water bottles, and Ulocks with key
  • Gently used and laundered cycling clothing: jerseys, shorts, shoes, hats, gloves, jackets, arm & leg warmers
  • NEW bike helmets (unfortunately, we cannot accept used helmets)

  • We do NOT accept:

  • Bikes with wheels smaller than 20 inches
  • Rusty bikes that have been left out in the weather
  • Used bike helmets
  • Exercise bikes
  • Rollers
  • Trunk racks for bikes
  • Roof racks for bikes
  • Wind trainers

  • When and where can I bring my donation?

    You can bring your donation to our space at 3939 Lancaster Ave. during Mel's Community Shop

    Mel's Community Shop Hours are: (October 1 - March 31) Tuesday - Friday 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM & Saturdays 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM.

    If you need to arrange to drop off donations outside of Mel's Community Shop hours, call (215) 386-0316 x 121 to set up an appointment.

    Do I need to call and set up an appointment to donate my bike or can I just bring my bike to NBW?

    If you are dropping off a donation during Mel's Community Shop you do not need to make an appointment. However, if you are dropping off more than two bicycles at one time, or if the above times do not work for you, please call 215-386-0316 x 121 and make an appointment. This will ensure that we have all the hands necessary to help you unload.

    Do you pick up bikes?

    We do not pick up individual bikes. In some cases, we are able to pick up loads of 10 bikes or more. If you have a load of bikes you would like to donate to NBW, get in touch with us with at least two weeks in advance of when you want the bikes picked up. The best way to schedule a pick up is by calling us at 215-386-0316 x 121.

    What do you do with bike donations?

    All of the programs we run at Neighborhood Bike Works depend on donated bikes and accessories. Every year hundreds of Philadelphia youth take home bikes through our Earn-A-Bike and Graduate Level Drop-In programs. By putting work into the bikes, youth receive the very bike they've worked on over the course of the class. Other bikes are used as fleet bikes for our ride-based programs such as Ride Club, Monthly Group Rides, and Ride of Dreams. Still other bikes and parts are sold at our Bike Church program, an open shop program for adults.. All sales support our youth programs.

    Is my donation tax deductible?

    Yes, we are a 501c3 nonprofit and will offer you a donation receipt for your records.

    Do you buy bikes?

    Sorry, we do not buy bikes.

    Can I trade in my old bike for a new one?

    Sorry, we do not do trades


    © 2013 Neighborhood Bike Works. NBW is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, Federal EIN 23-3012779, United Way Donor Choice #14084. Official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling 1 (800) 732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.