Second Chance Bikes is a one-person volunteer organization refurbishing donated bicycles for people in need.
THANK YOU to all who contribute to this endeavor.
We could not help so many so successfully without you!
If you can't decide, consider a cash donation at secondchancebikes.org/donate.
9/30/19 Update: We've received 103 donated bikes, mostly rideable, YTD. We have placed 88 YTD, passed 14 on to Working Bikes in Chicago, and used about 10 as "organ donors," sending frames to metal recyclers Demand remains high. We continue to need locks, lights, helmets, multitools, and baskets.
Items in priority "highest" are high demand items I am out or nearly out of.
Days are getting shorter. I would like to retrofit the shelter folks who got the little lights earlier and need to go to work in the dark. These are MUCH brighter than the other lights listed, much safer.
After struggling with the 5-ft cable, I looked around some more and found this 6-ft option I'd missed. It's close to the price of the 5 with the advantage of that extra foot for usability. Be sure to select the 6-ft in the "color selection" box
Whether relying on it to go to work or just to get around, a bike can be a person's prized possession; many enjoy tinkering, tuning, helping others. This tool is an enabler. You may never know how valuable your gift was to someone's self esteem.
I was asked for helmets recently but had none to give. We urge people to wear helmets at all times. Even though many people shun them, we want to provide them when we provide a bike, to avoid encouraging bad choices and hope most will use them.
We try to equip all the adult bikes with these. They are removable, slip in pocket, to prevent theft, meet legal lighting requirements. For serious night commuting the USB-rechargeable ones are much better, if a steady home base is available.
This will fit an adult-sized bike.
Better balance than a front basket for large loads. A lot can go in the baskets AND it provides a broad platform for a backpack/duffel bag; huge help to homeless clients. Or refugee w/no car who needs to shop.
Serves as an extension to u-lock or a shorter cable lock. When parking in some bike racks this is about the only way to secure whole bike, not have a wheel or seat stolen. Middle length (6 ft) is best.