I just accepted a request to provide 6-8 bikes to a youth group doing volunteer work for seniors during pandemic. Several of the items here have notes referring to that project.
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.
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.
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.
Please select the 6-ft length from the style options. It makes a big difference in usability. I won't give an adult-sized or teen-sized bike without it. I visited local PD storeroom for unclaimed stolen bikes they recover. YIKES!
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.
These go on single-speed bikes with straight bar or u-shaped handlebars. That's about half of the 20" bikes I have to fix for Christmas. Also on some with the older lever style shifters if I don't replace.
Sometimes a youth bike is in good shape but the shifter(s) are broken. It's not a DIY project for most, and bike shop would cost enough that they donate or discard the bike and buy a new one.
I also upgrade poor-condition older styles