Our Mission: Our facilities and programs
provide refurbished bicycles to the underprivileged.
Dara's Workday Story
- Written by Dara Gruber Dara Gruber
- Published: 05 August 2014 05 August 2014
Dara sends us her workday story, from the July 12, 2014 Bicycle Exchange Workday:
I'm a Ph.D student at the University of Minnesota who took a contracting position with Google for 6 months. I'm an avid charity event cyclist but I had to leave my lightweight tri-bike in Minneapolis. Living 5 miles from work, I wanted a sturdy, good reliable steel frame road bike to commute with a few days a week. A colleague mentioned the organization and its proximity to Google headquarters and I went to check it out on a designated "work day."
I found a beautiful red Univega Supra Sport road bike that fit me like a glove! The bike needed minimal work, so I stayed and learned to fix it myself. With the help and guidance of wonderful Bike Exchange volunteers, I changed the rear tire, adjusted the brakes, swapped out regular pedals for SPD clip pedals, and rode off happy as could be. I will definitely be back to volunteer throughout the autumn months.
Some Recent Quotes from Organizations That We Serve
- Written by Dave Fork Dave Fork
- Published: 29 June 2014 29 June 2014
“Dear Dave and Everyone at the Silicon Valley Bicycle Exchange, Thank you so much for donating 24 bikes to our program! Our families are always so grateful to be given the opportunity to earn bicycles with their hard-earned tickets. Thank you for making it possible! We truly appreciate your on-going support. Best Regards, Caitlyn - Sunday Friends
Catholic Worker House writes to us: “What an amazing operation the Bicycle Exchange is! Not only do they fix up donated bikes to give away, but they teach and mentor others in bike repair.” There are photos and more on the Catholic Worker House website.
Dear Friends at Silicon Valley Bike Exchange, We had another great Bike Shop day last Sunday. Eighteen children were able to earn the “new” bikes through Sunday Friends. They ride off with helmets and big smiles. I love to watch the circles on the blacktop as they get the first feel of riding. Very joyous! ...So wonderful to be working with you! - Janis, Executive Director, Sunday Friends
We've made it into a college essay
- Written by One of our youth volunteers One of our youth volunteers
- Published: 14 September 2013 14 September 2013
"Son, do you know how to adjust derailleurs?" Why was this elderly man calling me son? Maybe because he was old enough to be my father just like nearly every other person at the Silicon Valley Bicycle Exchange this Saturday morning. Looking beyond the rusted bike before me, I scan the sea of grown ups sporting logo wear from Apple, HP, and Google. The man could have asked any one of them for help, but instead he asked me. "Yeah I can teach you."
When I first started volunteering here during my freshman year, the adults intimidated me. Having never worked side-by-side with adults before,l assumed they knew much more about bicycle repair and deferred to them because it's how I've always learned to view older people. However, I soon discovered that I knew just as much as they did, at times even finding myself teaching my fellow volunteers. I didn't realize before this experience that my opinions, knowledge, and experience counted as much as those of an older person. At the Bicycle Exchange, I wasn't just a kid-l was a peer.
Join Our Hackathons
- Written by Dave Fork Dave Fork
- Published: 12 September 2013 12 September 2013
We hold regular hackathons to build the website and tools that keep the Bike Exchange in the modern era. Contact us if you would like to participate. These events are open to warm bodies and to furry friends (see photo below). We have developed the site using Joomla.
Our logo was designed by Beverly Thames, shown here wearing red in a photo taken at one of our hackathons. We would like to acknowledge Carol Mattsson for leading the group that built our web site.