Donate Bikes and Gear


Donate Your Bike

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

You can bring your donation to us between 12pm and 4pm seven days/week! Depending on the season and the exact time you come, you'll find us either in the shop (3939 Lancaster Ave.) or next door in the office (3943 Lancaster Ave.). Either way, we'll be happy to help you unload and give you a donation receipt.

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

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 a week 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.

Do you have other donation drop-off points?

Sorry, we don't have any other drop off points. Let us know if your office or shop is willing to be a drop point for bike donations for NBW. 

What do you do with bike donations?

All of the programs we run at Neighborhood Bike Works depend on donated bikes, parts, and accessories. Every year hundreds of Philadelphia youth take home bikes through our Earn-A-Bike and Graduate Level programs. By participating in our programs youth are able to repair and take home a bike. Other bikes are used as fleet bikes for our ride-based programs such as Ride Club and Monthly Group Rides. Still other bikes and parts are sold at our earned-income retail shop and Bike Church - our DIY adult shop. 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

Do you do bike drives?

We love it when volunteers and others do bike drives on our behalf. We offer several types of support for groups that are interested in doing bike drives as a service project. Take a look at our guide and get in touch with us if you are interested! How to Organize a Bike Drive for Neighborhood Bike Works.

What's with the request for books?

We've developed an Amazon wishlist for our recently launched "Books for Hours" program. This program aims to engage youth in reading to promote their self-awareness, awareness of African American history, critical thinking, and to encourage expression, including weighing in on real issues they see and experience. Through the "Books for Hours" program youth can read books from our bookshelf, discuss them with NBW staff or their peers, and earn points towards their next bike or bike accessory. Most books on the shelf share stories of African American history and culture - stories largely unrecognized or misrepresented in our books and reading lists. Support NBW youth in reading these important stories by donating a book on our Library Wishlist.

What We Accept

  • All bikes that are in good condition or can be fixed up! We can re-use parts from bikes with damaged frames if there are usable components.

  • All types of bikes - road, hybrid, mountain, & BMX

  • Bikes with 20 inch wheels and larger

  • Bike tools

  • Accessories that are in good working condition: lights, mirrors, computers, bike racks & baskets, air pumps, panniers, saddle bags, water bottle cages & water bottles, Ulocks with key, and wind trainers

  • Working bike trailers

  • Trunk racks for bikes

  • Gently used and laundered cycling clothing: jerseys, shorts, shoes, hats, jackets, arm & leg warmers

  • NEW bike helmets (unfortunately, we cannot accept used helmets)

What We Do Not Accept

  • Bikes with wheels smaller than 20 inches

  • Rusty bikes that have been left out in the weather

  • Used bike helmets

  • Badly damaged department store bikes (Huffy, Magna, Next, Roadmaster)

  • Exercise bikes

  • Rollers

  • Roof racks for bikes