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What a Day – July 28 Success! July 31, 2018

Working Bikes was as busy as ever last Saturday. Even with a slight hiccup on the arrival of our shipping container, we still worked arduously during the last weekend of July to pack a container and donate Cycle of Peace bikes. Our in-house efforts packed 510 adult and kids’ bikes for Africycle’s project in Malawi. A special … read more »

The Cycle of Peace is everywhere this Saturday! July 25, 2018

This Saturday! Working Bikes is bringing the Cycle of Peace from Over East, to Out West, Down South and even Up (near) North! Please join us at these great community events or at the shipping party in the Heart of Chicago! This is #summertimechi #cycleofpeace. It is an insane, all-city celebration of so much we love, but … read more »

Now On Sale: New Working Bikes Jersey June 21, 2018

Introducing the Limited Edition 2018 Working Bikes Cycling Jersey featuring our original logo! All proceeds go towards funding our mission of providing bicycles as tools of empowerment to struggling communities around the world. We ship over 6 thousand bikes a year to countries like Africa and Central America including El Salvador, Guatemala, Panama, Nicaragua, Uganda, Lesotho, Sierra Leone, … read more »

Spring Shipping Party Results May 25, 2018

This spring season, we’ve sent over a thousand bikes to our international partners! 513 bikes were sent to Africycle in Malawi, 516 bikes were sent to Village Bicycle Project in Ghana and 491 bikes were sent to A&K Philanthropy in Jordan. As always, a big thank you to all our volunteers that came out to lend a hand the past few weeks. … read more »

Working Bikes Receives Evanston Bike Club’s $3500 Grant May 21, 2018

Photo Courtesy of Evanston Bicycle Club’s website Working Bikes applied for a grant through the Evanston Bicycle Club for bike-related programs of not-for-profit organizations.  The grant will help provide bicycles to adults in need of transportation in the Chicago area through the Working Bikes Cycle of Power program.  The funds will help cover the costs associated with collecting … read more »

Working Bikes 2017 Top Shop Awardees April 28, 2018

Early this spring we’ve been award 17 shop owners that use their space to collect over several dozen bikes in 2017. Number of Bikes Collected from Each Drop-off Location 455 – Bicycles Etc., Lisle and Naperville 386 – George Garner Cyclery – Libertyville, Northbrook, and Lake Zurich 283 – Village CycleSport – Arlington Heights and Barrington 235 … read more »

Terra of Bikes: Earth Day Event Numbers April 23, 2018

Earth Day weekend has passed and we have the numbers! SATURDAY, APRIL 21  Glen Ellyn Recycling Extravaganza – 32 Alderman Hopkins Earth Day Event – 12 Earth Day Fair in Porter County – 16 Northbrook Earth & Arbor Day – 15 Glendale Heights Recycling Event – 7 River Forest Recycling Extravaganza – 40 Oak Park Earth Fest – 11 Schaumburg Recycling Event – … read more »

Global Donation Kick-off: Spring Shipping Parties April 17, 2018

To kick off our spring international donation, we’re having back to back shipping parties this month and we need your help! From noon to sundown April 17/ 18th and April 24/25th we’ll be preppin’ & schleppin’ bikes to ship to Ghana and Jordan! No experience necessary; we love teaching folks the ropes. Questions about shipping parties or how … read more »

First Postponed Shipping Party in Working Bikes History! April 4, 2018

Our second bike shipping party of the year was postponed due to international delays. We expected to send bikes to the A&K bike project in Jordan today, but won’t since the r shipping container has yet to arrive. This is the first time in Working Bikes history that this has happened, but it won’t keep us down! We … read more »

A Year in Schlepping: 2017 Annual Report March 16, 2018

The Working Bikes Crew is excited to bring you a new set of highlights from last year. Since 2013, we’ve picked out our top stats and stories that best shows the amazing work we’ve done. 2017 was yet another record-breaking year for us as we donated a total of 8,430 bikes which exceeds the 8,323 bikes from last … read more »

Surprise Bike Donation to Esperanza Health Centers’ Diabetes Group March 8, 2018

  Yesterday, we gave a surprise donation to a lucky member of the Esperanza Health Center diabetes focus group! The program focuses on educating their most uncontrolled diabetic patients to help them better understand the disease while helping participants take control of their health. By the end, folks are strongly encouraged to usually end group on a … read more »

8th Graders Donate $7000 to Working Bikes! March 8, 2018

We’re super excited to announce this large donation from the amazing 8th grade class of GEMS Academy! Working Bikes is one of twelve charitable organizations selected by GEMS Academy as beneficiaries for their annual fundraising efforts! GEMS aims to reinforce important values like generosity and volunteerism into their students. Students, parents, and the entire GEMS community work … read more »

Working Bikes Donates 210 kid’s bikes to Free Bikes 4 Kids Madison February 28, 2018

On February 28 Working Bikes Board members Lee and Phil delivered 210 children’s bikes in a rented 26-foot truck to FB4K in Madison. They needed the bikes to help meet their goal of giving out 1000 bikes at their giveaway event on March 24. They are partnering with 39 community organizations to line up recipients for the bikes. We at Working … read more »

Our New Webstore is Here! February 28, 2018

We are proud to announce that the “Working Bikes Hard-To-Find” website will be going live this March! In our 18 years of collecting and distributing bicycles, we have come across all kinds of vintage, modern, proprietary, hard-to-find parts and bicycles. Now thanks to the help of our amazing staff, volunteers, donors, experts, and friends throughout the years … read more »

First Shipping Party of 2018 January 31, 2018

Our first shipping party of the year was sent to CESTA in El Salvador today! For those who don’t know, The Salvadoran Center for Appropriate Technology (CESTA) was founded in 1980 by a group of academics to protect this Central American nation’s increasingly fragile environment. Their mission is to promote environmentally sustainable and socially equitable transportation operating a bicycle … read more »

2018 Annual Meeting January 30, 2018

Each year we host 6 general meetings with the first being our most special! The annual meeting is where we reflect on the year before, discuss goals for 2018, and vote on board members that are up for re-election. This year, in addition to reviewing the previous year via our annual report presentation, our current vice president, … read more »

Patrick Returns!: Working Bikes Mechanic’s Journey to Bwindi January 19, 2018

On November 12th, Working Bikes mechanic, Patrick Tivnan boarded a series of planes to travel to Bwindi, Uganda to assist in the training of the staff of a new bicycle project in a village bordering the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Patrick brought with him two bags of bike-specific tools, clothes, and a budding mustache. Working Bikes had already … read more »

2018 Inventory Day January 2, 2018

  Starting 2018 off right with our annual inventory day where we count all the bikes in supplies in the shop. This year we counted a total of 5,257! The purpose of holding inventory day is to help our gracious bike donors save some extra cash on their taxes. Thanks to Paul from Desmond and Ahern accounting … read more »

Winter Cyclist Resources December 27, 2017

Burr! With single digit temperatures hitting us this week, it’s a great time to gather resources to keep you safe and warm through Chibera winter months! Our Staff has recommended the following youtube channels and articles to get you on the right foot! Let us know your tips and tricks for winter cycling during the cold season, and … read more »

Bike Drive Bernard Weinger JCC Northbrook December 26, 2017

It was a great day for many families at the Half Way to Summer at the JCC.  The swimming pool and gym were open to everyone as an alternative to a movie and Chinese food for those of us who do not have Christmas as a tradition.  Many kids used pedal power to send the bike around … read more »

Working Bikes Meet Year Up December 15, 2017

Last Friday one of our all-star volunteers, Chef Paul, represented Working Bikes at a tabling event at Year Up in Chicago! Our volunteers and bike donations are the life force of Working Bikes! If you’re interested in volunteering stop by during any of our open volunteer hours to learn more!

The BIG Check: Cause Beer Program December 2, 2017

Dusek’s proudly partnered with Working Bikes from July through mid-October for their Cause Beer program, in which $1 from select beer purchases is donated to a local non-profit. At the end of the program, they raised $849 for Working Bikes from the 849 beers sold! On Thursday, Board Members and staff went to the wrap up to receive the BIG CHECK … read more »

Congrats to Maja – 50 on Fire! November 28, 2017

We wanted to take a moment to shout out Maja, who was recognized as being one of “50 on Fire” innovators in Chicago for her work on WTF night. In the last year, WTF night has hosted a screening of the “Ovarian Psychos” documentary, collaborated with West Town Women’s + Trans night for a ride against sexual violence, and led a … read more »

Captain’s Log 2: Patrick in Uganda Second Update November 25, 2017

  When the orupaanga touches the bretch pad on the buryo side, we can tighten the enuti empajye on the bumosho side with the spanner empajye, and that should pull the orupaanga back to the bumosho side. This operation can only be done a certain number of times until we run out of ehuzi ye’mpajye. In that … read more »

Captain’s Log: Patrick in Uganda First Update November 15, 2017

  Report number 1   On the long flight to Uganda I reread King Leopold’s Ghost by Adam Hochschild. The book documents the tragic history of the Congo Free State, the personal colony of Leopold II King of the Belgians from 1885 – 1908. King Leopold made an incredible personal fortune, initially through the Ivory trade, later … read more »

Bon Voyage Patrick!: Bike Mechanics’ Journey to Africa November 12, 2017

Working Bikes is sending one of our staff mechanics train Ugandan women in bicycle mechanics. This is the first time we’ve sent something other than bikes overseas! This is also a chance for us to get a better understanding of what happens to the bikes once we’ve sent them. We were given this opportunity from one of … read more »

Welcome Our New Public Ally! October 12, 2017

Working Bikes is excited to have Trian from Public Allies – AmeriCorps on board as our Communications apprentice. For ten months he will be an integral part of our communications and community outreach. Trian has worked for the Japanese Cultural Center, Black Youth Project 100, and Affinity Community Services.

Andrew Bermudez on ASM Summer 2017 August 23, 2017

  Volunteer Coordinator Andrew Bermudez instructed our first After School Matters program during the summer. With the pilot program’s success Working Bikes intends to apply for the fall term. Andrew writes and shares his experience in ASM. Working Bikes received funding by After School Matters to recruit 14 teenagers for a six-week paid apprenticeship. Our program’s objectives … read more »

Umoja Group Helps Out With Cycle of Peace July 14, 2017

We were happy to welcome Manley High School students to Brandon’s Bike Shop this morning. The students are a part of a Umoja Corporation program. Umoja fosters youth success through programs aimed at academic achievement and social learning. Working with our youth outreach coordinator, Andrew Bermudez, they learned basic bicycle repair and enthusiastically worked on children’s bikes … read more »

Esperanza Health Centers 2017 Summer Collaboration Series July 11, 2017

Working Bikes is constantly looking for more ways to connect with likeminded, neighboring organizations to further the goal of recycling bicycles and giving them to those in need. Esperanza Health Centers, with locations in South Lawndale, Little Village, and Chicago Lawn, is one such organization. On top of our established Prescription To Ride partnership, in which we … read more »

Working Bikes Recognized For Local Donation Efforts July 5, 2017

In our effort to redistribute bikes and assist in transportation equity, Working Bikes provides bicycles globally and locally. Our local donation program is aptly named the Cycle of Power along with a kids’ component called Cycle of Peace. In these programs, bicycles are donated to referred individuals as well as large groups through partnering organizations, typically in … read more »

Working Bikes Visits Mexico City for World Bike Forum June 3, 2017

Photo credit: Cesar Meza In April, Working Bikes staff members Cesar Meza, Brian Vargas, and veteran volunteer Waymond Smith attended the 6th Annual World Bike Forum in Mexico City, also known as Foro Mundial De La Bicicleta 6. Brian has shared a few words from his experience: First and foremost, a huge thank you to all of … read more »

Evanston Bicycle Club Awards $3,000 Grant to Working Bikes May 24, 2017

Photo credit: Evanston Bicycle Club Working Bikes successfully applied for a grant from the Evanston Bicycle Club (EBC). As stated in our grant application to EBC, Working Bikes will use these funds to help enhance our local donation program to get bikes in the hands of children, refugees, veterans, the homeless and others who need bikes in … read more »

May Shipping Container Destined for Zambia May 11, 2017

Our 5th shipping container of 2017 is going to the Chipego Bike Shop in Zambia. Join us for the shipping party on Friday and Saturday, May 12-13, starting at noon at 2434 S. Western Avenue. We’ll see you there!

Retail store closed on Easter, 2017 April 13, 2017

Working Bikes’ retail shop will be CLOSED this Easter on Sunday, April 16, 2017. Our regular store hours are: Tuesday/Thursday, 12-7 p.m. Wednesday/Friday/Saturday/Sunday, 12-5 p.m.

First Bikes for Lesotho shipment of 2017 March 21, 2017

Our volunteers and staff helped ship 639 bikes to the Kingdom of Lesotho, which means more kids will get the chance to get a bike of their own. Learn more about our global partner Bikes for Lesotho and the work they do with kids who were orphaned and with the the country’s local bike community.    

Getting the ball rolling for international shipping in March March 15, 2017

Last week, we shipped 412 bikes internationally to Jordan all thanks to our global partner Abercrombie & Kent Philanthropy and our volunteers and staff. Learn more about what will happen to the bikes once they reach Jordan. Interested in volunteering with us? Drop us a line at

Working Bikes celebrates another year of growth February 19, 2017

Working Bikes has grown tremendously since we were founded in 1999, which is reflected in our 2016 Annual Report. Learn more about our most groundbreaking year yet and the faces behind our organizational growth.

On our way to shipping more bikes in 2017 January 30, 2017

Working Bikes had our first international shipment of 2017! All of our great volunteers, staff, and board members showed up on a surprisingly warm Saturday, January 21st, and packed 481 bikes, which went to Africycle in Malawi. Stay tuned for our next international shipment!

Paul Fitzgerald named Civic Leadership fellow January 23, 2017

Paul Fitzgerald, general manager at Working Bikes, was accepted as a fellow at the Civic Leadership Academy, a leadership development program at the University of Chicago. Paul was 1 of 30 people chosen out of 150 applicants. We’d like to congratulate Paul and wish him luck throughout his 6-month fellowship!

New staff updates in the new year January 17, 2017

Working Bikes is always excited to see our staff members grow within their roles and take on new challenges. We are pleased to announce the following promotions, effective January 1, 2017. Please join us in wishing them well in their new positions! Service & Retail Manager Cesar Meza-Duron has assumed the role of managing our service department and … read more »

Bikes for Lesotho is a labor of love December 26, 2016

In 2012, I was troubled when learning that the estimated number of orphans in the Kingdom of Lesotho had reached 100,000.  I was a Peace Corps volunteer there from 1989 to 1992 and returned a couple times since then, seeing the growth of HIV/AIDS to the extent that it now afflicts an estimated 30% of the adult population. … read more »

Three reasons to celebrate with Working Bikes December 20, 2016

As we approach our year end, everyone at Working Bikes would like to extend a fond thank you to our staff, volunteers, donors, customers, clients, and friends. With a week to go, we’ve already donated more than 9,100 bikes to would-be cyclists from around the globe and in our own backyard. Celebrating 17 years of Working Bikes … read more »

We’ll miss you, David! December 12, 2016

Since February 2014, David Nasca has been an integral part of our mechanic team. He has rebuilt countless bikes with an impossibly high standard of both form and function. While we’re sorry to see him go, we’re excited to hear about his new work with Crucial Detail! Thanks, David!

Featured volunteer: Chelsea Chen December 6, 2016

Chelsea Chen, a freelance graphic designer, never thought she’d ride a bike for the purpose of transportation. However, this changed after she moved from Orlando, Florida to Chicago in May. Chen started biking after she bought a black Retrospec bike and named it Paula. She found the experience fulfilling, being able to easily get around and explore … read more »

Working Bikes holiday hours for 2016 December 3, 2016

Working Bikes has decked the halls with bikes this holiday season. Our store hours are Wednesdays & Thursdays from 12-7 p.m. and Fridays & Saturdays from 12-5 p.m. If you’re looking for a last minute Christmas gift for that bike lover in your life, or want to ring in 2017 with a new bike, we’ll be open Christmas … read more »

Working with local law enforcement to collect bikes November 29, 2016

Working Bikes picked up 40 abandoned bikes from Evanston Police Department property manager Susan Morgan on November 22. This is the third pickup from Evanston PD over the last 12 months. We are thrilled to get these bikes to carry out our mission of providing bikes to people as tools of empowerment locally and internationally.  Some of … read more »

Making a global impact with Working Bikes November 21, 2016

We are members of our school’s Model United Nations, an international debate team, where we recently we won first place at the Naples Council on World Affairs for detailing a plan regarding the Syrian refugee crisis: purchasing and shipping bicycles to a refugee camp in Jordan currently housing over thirty thousand people. The plan would enable them … read more »

Another successful shipment to El Salvador November 16, 2016

There have been hundreds of bikes making their way to our warehouse these last few weeks. What do we do with them and where do they go? At least 428 of them are being shipped to CESTA, our global partner in El Salvador. The bikes we ship go towards their youth training program. Learn more about CESTA and … read more »

Collecting 207 bikes for my Eagle Scout project November 14, 2016

Over the last few months, I’d been coordinating and planning my Eagle Scout leadership project. My proposal was to coordinate an awareness program for recycling used bikes of any kind and have a large-scale bike drive on the Northwest side. I wanted to do a project with Working Bikes and started discussing this with them in early 2016. My … read more »

What we learn: youth and Ujamaa November 9, 2016

During one of Working Bikes’ volunteer sessions, I witnessed the collaborative work the young people of Englewood’s Ujamaa Community Land Trust completed with our ONE Summer Chicago youth. This gave me pause. The bicycles they worked on were discarded, and here they were being transformed with some lubricant, some education, and a lot of elbow grease. Ujamaa, known … read more »

Shipment on October 27th: Chipego Bike Shop in Zambia October 30, 2016

Chipego Bike Shop is getting a shipment of 471 bikes. Thanks to the collaborative efforts of Working Bikes, our volunteers, and our partner Abercrombie & Ken Philanthropy, we’re able to get these bikes to Zambia.

Bikes for Lesotho shipment is on its way! October 28, 2016

Last week, many hardworking volunteers helped us pack in 576 bikes in a container headed towards Lesotho; 432 of those will go to deserving kids. It would take most of them one hour on foot just to get an education. Bikes will give them the ability to get to school safely and efficiently. Learn more about the amazing … read more »

Bikes on their way to Malawi September 14, 2016

With the help of our fantastic volunteers and two volunteer groups from Northwestern University and DePaul University, we were able to ship 421 bikes to our global partner Africycle last week. Learn more about the amazing work they do in Malawi.

Bicycles as tools of empowerment: 100+ bike giveaway recap September 12, 2016

On Friday September 2nd, Working Bikes partnered with the Faith Community of Saint Sabina, Slow Roll Chicago and Inner City Muslim Action Network to provide bicycles for 108 families in Auburn-Gresham and participate in a ride/walk for peace in the community. This donation was part of Working Bikes’ larger “Cycle of Peace/Cycle of Power” program which provides … read more »

Last week’s shipping party was a success! August 23, 2016

A shipping container with 420 bikes inside is on its way to our global partner CESTA in El Salvador right now! This is all thanks to our amazing volunteers for taking time out of their day last week to help us load the container and help further our mission globally.

Proceeds from Range Restaurant Community Night Benefit Working Bikes! August 18, 2016

Range, a farm to table restaurants located in Lincoln Park, has chosen Working Bikes as their August Community Night nonprofit. That means we will receive 20% of the proceeds from sales on Thursday, August 18th from 4-10pm! Range started their community night series as a way to give back to local, like-minded charities and we’re thrilled to partner … read more »

Cycle of Peace event a success! July 8, 2016

For most of the winter and spring, our amazing volunteers have been working tirelessly with one goal in mind: to repair kids bikes. On Saturday, June 25th all of the hard work paid off as we delivered and distributed 500 bikes to youth in the North Lawndale community. Families lined the sidewalks early in the morning at North Lawndale … read more »

New Store Hours! February 3, 2016

In order to better service our customers and community, we are excited to announce that beginning April 3rd we will be open on Sundays! Our full hours will be: Wednesday/Thursday: 12pm – 7pm Friday/Saturday/Sunday: 12pm – 5pm  

Working Bikes Annual Meeting January 27, 2016

We hope you can join us for our Annual Meeting on Thursday, February 4. At this meeting, we will elect our Board and Officers, and go through the 2015 Annual Report. The meeting will be held at the warehouse (2434 S Western) at 7:30pm and all are welcome.

Holiday Schedule December 22, 2015

The Working Bikes store will be closed on the following days this holiday season: Thursday, December 24 Friday, December 25 Friday, January 1 We will be open from 12 – 4 on Thursday, December 31. As always, please call us at 773-847-5440 with any questions! Happy Holidays!

New Volunteer Program Structure! December 1, 2015

We are excited to announce that beginning December 1st we are introducing two additional volunteer sessions to our programs! On Fridays from 12-5 we will be adding a general volunteer session that will be open to all. On Thursdays from 5-9, we will have a Women and Trans Night open to women and trans-gendered cyclists only, led by Maja Perez. Our … read more »

Closed for Thanksgiving! November 26, 2015

Working Bikes will be closed on Thursday, November 26 in celebration of the holiday. We’ll be open on Friday, November 27 normal hours. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. May your day be merry and your bellies full!

Shipping to Ghana – Wednesday, September 16 September 15, 2015

We’d love to have your help on Wednesday, September 16 from 12-5pm as we load a container of bikes for the Village Bicycle Project in Ghana. The “shipping party” will be at our warehouse, 2434 S. Western Ave. Please wear close toed shoes and clothes you won’t mind getting a bit dirty!   Thanks!

September 11-13 – Riot Fest September 13, 2015

Going to Riot Fest this year? Bike to Douglas Park and park your ride with Working Bikes! FREE bike parking will run from 10:30am to 10:30pm. While you’re there, keep your bike happy with a small selection of repairs and maintenance services for sale. For more info about Riot Fest, click here.

August 6 – August General Meeting August 5, 2015

he next Working Bikes General Meeting will be Thursday, August 6, 2015 from 6:30-9:00 pm at the warehouse, 2434 S. Western Ave. Anyone is welcome to attend the meeting, which you can read more about in our organizational bylaws. It’s a great chance to catch up on Working Bikes happenings and upcoming events. Our schedule for this month’s meeting … read more »

Flowers for Bikes this July July 3, 2015

We all know April showers bring May flowers, but did you know July flowers bring August… bikes? Local flower company Flowers for Dreams creates beautiful bouquets, delivers them by bike, and donates a quarter of their profits to a different Chicago charity each month. Since Flowers for Dreams launched in 2012 they have donated nearly $63,000 to local nonprofits. We … read more »

We’re Having a Shipping Party – Wednesday, July 1st July 1, 2015

We’re having a shipping party! To ring in July we’ll be loading a container of bikes, tools, and parts for our friends at CESTA in El Salvador, and we’d love to have your help! To volunteer, join us on Tuesday, June 30 from 5-9pm and/or Wednesday, July 1st from 12-5pm at the warehouse, 2434 S. Western Ave., … read more »

June 2015 – Working Bikes on Chicago Tonight June 30, 2015

On Monday, June 29 Working Bikes was featured on WTTW’s popular news show, Chicago Tonight. Here you can view the segment, New Lives for Old Bikes, and read a web story about one of our local donation bike recipients.

Working Bikes Closed July 4th June 29, 2015

The Working Bikes shop will be closed Saturday, July 4th for the holiday. We will be open during our normal hours (12-5pm) on Friday, July 3rd.

Sustainable Spring Cleaning – Host a Bike Drive! June 5, 2015

Believe it or not, spring will soon be sprung. This year, get a jump on spring cleaning and motivate your friends, family, and neighbors by planning a Working Bikes bike drive!   Hosting a bike drive is a great way to engage your community in recycling while making a very real impact on the lives of low income individuals around the world … read more »

General Meeting on Thursday, June 4th June 4, 2015

The next Working Bikes General Meeting will be Thursday, June 4, 2015 from 6:30-9:00 pm at the warehouse, 2434 S. Western Ave. Anyone is welcome to attend the meeting, which you can read more about in our organizational bylaws. It’s a great chance to catch up on Working Bikes happenings and upcoming events.   Our schedule for this month’s … read more »

2015 Central American Partner Visit April 9, 2015

If you missed the April 2015 General Meeting don’t fret! You can re-live the meeting in the comfort of your own home. Guest speakers Trevor Clarke and Marie Akerman (Board and staff members, respectively) gave a presentation on their trip to Central America this past February, where they visited several Working Bikes partners and potential partners. To view … read more »

Announcing The Good Container March 26, 2015

  The journey of a Working Bikes bike is a circuitous one. It moves from blissful joyrides with its first owner to years of basement cobwebs, from a bike drive on a sunny day to the back of a pick up truck blustering towards our shop, from a cramped container to years of happy riding with its … read more »

Working Bikes 2014 Annual Report January 31, 2015

As we head into our 16th year, take a look back at the facts, figures and highlights of the year gone by in the Working Bikes 2014 Annual Report, viewable here. Learn about how we work, see a summary of incoming and outgoing donations, read about our community programs, and browse though some of the year’s most photogenic moments.

Closed for New Years! December 29, 2014

The Working Bikes store will be closed on Wednesday, December 31 and Thursday, January 1 in celebration of New Years. We will resume our normal store and volunteer hours on Friday, January 2.   As always, please call us at 773-847-5440 with any questions!

Holiday Kids Bike Sale a Success! December 17, 2014

On Saturday, December 13, 2014 we decked some bikes with Christmas lights, filled our front counter with bowls of mini candy canes, and put on our Santa hats for the Working Bikes Holiday Kids Bike Sale. This annual event aims to make kids bikes accessible holiday gifts for low income families. Over the course of a couple months our … read more »

December 4 – Working Bikes General Meeting December 4, 2014

The next Working Bikes General Meeting will be Thursday, December 4 from 6:30-9:00 pm at the warehouse, 2434 S. Western Ave. Anyone is welcome to attend the meeting, which you can read more about in our organizational bylaws.   Our schedule for this month’s meeting is as follows: 6:30-7:30 pm – Potluck Social – Please bring a dish, … read more »

Closed Thanksgiving November 27, 2014

Working Bikes will be closed on Thursday, November 27 in celebration of the holiday. We’ll be open on Friday, November 28 normal hours. Come by for our day after Thanksgiving sale. Buy a bike, get a Working Bikes pint glass and custom socks!   Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. May your day be merry and your bellies full!

Make Your Bike Our 50,000th November 6, 2014

If you’ve visited the Working Bikes warehouse during the summer then you’ve probably seen the high rows of bikes that fill our shipping dock at the back of the building. When visitors enter the dock for the first time it’s not unusual to hear laughter and a mumbled “woah” at the sight of hundreds of bikes in towering stacks. But as … read more »

September 3 – We’re Having A Shipping Party! September 2, 2014

We’ll be packing bikes for CESTA in El Salvador on Wednesday, September 3 and could use your help! Swing by the Working Bikes warehouse at 2434 S. Western Ave. in Chicago anytime between 12pm and 5pm to help load bikes into a 40 foot shipping container. You’ll be relaying bikes to the truck, removing pedals, and turning handlebars so we … read more »

August 7 – General Meeting August 7, 2014

The next Working Bikes General Meeting will be Thursday, August 7 from 6:30-9:00 pm at the warehouse, 2434 S. Western Ave. Anyone is welcome to attend the meeting, which you can read more about in our organizational bylaws.   Our schedule for this month’s meeting is as follows: 6:30-7:30 pm – Potluck Social – Please bring a dish, … read more »

Working Bikes Bicycles Go the Distance in Fundraiser July 10, 2014

On Friday, June 27, 2014 Pat’s Pedaling Pack gathered in the St. Barnabas parking lot to begin their 100k trek to raise money for Pat Mac’s Pack and families faced with the challenges of pediatric brain cancer. With a Chicago Police Department escort, the group of 46 riders began their inaugural ride in the fog through the East Side of … read more »

Working Bikes Closed on July 4 July 4, 2014

The Working Bikes shop will be closed on Friday, July 4 in recognition of the holiday. We will be open during normal business hours the rest of the week: Wednesday 12-7pm, Thursday 12-7pm, and Saturday 12-5pm.

Bike Machine Powers Exhibit July 4, 2014

One of Working Bikes’ pedal-powered bike machines is on display at Words We Live By, an art exhibit held at 5 locations across Chicago from June 6 through July 14. For more information about the exhibit or how our bike machine will be used in it, please contact White Box Studio Gallery via the event Facebook page.

Bronzeville Bike Giveaway a Success! June 11, 2014

    This spring Working Bikes volunteers worked steadily to repair 500 kids bicycles in just a few months. Many of the bikes came from a stock pile of children’s bikes–Kiddy Bike Mountain, as it’s called–that usually grows on our dock all year, reaching the ceiling by the time we have our annual Holiday Kids Bike Sale in December. But this … read more »

Phil Kaplan Named Working Bikes Board President May 9, 2014

We are pleased to announce that the Working Bikes Board of Directors has named Phil Kaplan as its new President. Phil was selected at the March 13 meeting of the Board, after Working Bikes’ founder and former Board President Lee Ravenscroft stepped down. Phil, formerly the Board’s Vice President, has volunteered at Working Bikes for five years … read more »

Shipping to El Salvador with The Bike Project of Urbana-Champaign April 21, 2014

We had a shipping party last week! Newsletter subscribers, confused because you didn’t get an email? This party was on the road, in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois. Working Bikes founder Lee Ravenscroft and board member Trevor Clarke made the two and a half hour trek from Chicago to Champaign to help The Bike Project of Urbana-Champaign load a shipping container on … read more »

Working Bikes Now Members of the Chicagoland Environmental Network April 4, 2014

Working Bikes has joined the ranks of the Active Transportation Alliance, Friends of the Forest Preserve, Alliance for the Great Lakes, and the many other Illinois environmental leaders who are members of the Chicagoland Environmental Network. CEN is a resource for anyone interested in nature or conservation-related activities in northeastern Illinois and surrounding areas. CEN organizations are … read more »

2013 Annual Report January 22, 2014

With 2014 well under way, take a look back at a year gone by in the Working Bikes 2013 Annual Report, which you can view here. Learn about our community programs, see a summary of incoming and outgoing donations, and browse through photos of some of the year’s highlights!  

Whole Foods Gives to Working Bikes, One Dime at a Time January 2, 2014

For the first three months of 2014, Chicago’s Whole Foods stores will feature Working Bikes in their One Dime at a Time charitable program. One Dime at a Time is designed to encourage customers to shop with reusable bags while strengthening communities.   To participate, bring your own bag when you shop at Whole Foods in January, … read more »

Upton’s Breakroom Fundraiser December 16, 2013

We’re excited to announce that on Sunday, December 15 and Monday, December 16, Working Bikes will receive 10% of all sales at Upton’s Breakroom as part of the cafe’s 12 Charity Days of December event.   Upton’s Breakroom is a cafe in Chicago’s West Town neighborhood operated by Upton’s Naturals, a Chicago-based producer of cruelty-free vegan food, … read more »

December 14 – Kids Bike Sale December 14, 2013

Tis the season of sledding, not cycling? We think not! On Saturday, December 14 from 12:00-5:00, parents can purchase bicycles for their kids for just $5-10 each. This sale aims to make kids bikes an accessible holiday gift for low income families. If you know of an organization whose members would benefit from this sale, please feel … read more »

Holiday Hours! December 10, 2013

It’s the holiday season!   Working Bikes will follow special hours around New Years and Christmas 2013-14: Tuesday, December 24 – No evening volunteer hours. Wednesday, December 25 – Store closed. Tuesday, December 31 – No evening volunteer hours. Wednesday, January 1 – Store closed.

December 4 – Working Bikes in Illinois PIRG Report December 4, 2013

On December 4 Working Bikes employee Marie Akerman was quoted in a news story released by Illinois PIRG, detailing the recent decline of driving and rise of alternative transportation use in Illinois.   Dev Gowda writes, “A first-of-its-kind report by Illinois PIRG Education Fund shows reduced rates of car commuting in Illinois’ urbanized areas — including Chicago — and … read more »

Working Bikes Closed for Thanksgiving November 26, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!! Working Bikes will be closed on Thursday, November 28 in celebration of the holiday. But, we will be open normal hours from 12-5pm on Friday, November 29. Come on in for an unusual Black Friday deal, one that promotes recycling, sustainable transportation, supports giving (bikes) to those in need all year round, and still lands … read more »

January 20 – OPEF Gadget Day November 22, 2013

Update: Visit Oak Park Education Foundation’s website for a rundown of Gadget Day and photos of participants at Working Bikes.   Working Bikes will be hosting students enrolled in the Oak Park Education Foundation’s Gadget Day on Monday, January 20. The one-day camp is designed for students in grades K-8th who are out of school in observation of Martin Luther King … read more »

Brandon’s Bike Shop Opening September 10, 2013

On Saturday, August 31 we opened a new volunteer workspace on the first floor of the warehouse. Construction of the space was made possible by a generous donation from the Brandon Bernier memorial fund and the Peter J. McGlaughlin and Jane Kitchel McGlaughlin Family Fund. Brandon’s friends, family, and Working Bikes comrades were on hand to remember the … read more »

Beats and Bikes September 7, 2013

Stop by Working Bikes on Saturday afternoons from August 24th through September 21st and you won’t just hear the usual clicking of derailleurs and swish of spinning wheels. DJs Itzi Nallah, Sound Culture, Dookieblaster, DJ Family Car, and DJ Limbs will add music to the usual cacophony, performing in our new series, Beats and Bikes. Visit the warehouse … read more »

July 9 – Summer Program at Growing Power Begins July 9, 2013

Hammers are knocking, wheels are whizzing, and sweat is dripping as students and teachers build a bike repair workshop at Iron Street Urban Farm this week. Workshop construction is just the beginning of a 6-week youth bike repair and ridership course, part of a collaboration between Working Bikes and another local humanitarian organization: Growing Power.   Founded … read more »

Working Bikes Closed on July 4 July 1, 2013

The Working Bikes shop will be closed on Thursday, July 4 in recognition of the holiday. We will be open during normal business hours the rest of the week: Wednesday 12-7pm, Friday 12-5pm, and Saturday 12-5pm.  

June Bike Donations and First Floor Changes June 20, 2013

The first floor and basement of the Working Bikes warehouse are swimming with bikes this week after the arrival of two full truckloads of bicycle donations on Tuesday, June 11 and Monday, June 17. The first truckload, containing 420 bikes, filled the Working Bikes loading dock and parts of the first floor. The second shipment, containing 255 bicycles … read more »

June 4 – Working Bikes on the Radio June 4, 2013

Working Bikes manager Paul Fitzgerald and mechanic Aaron Brown had some unusual working conditions today. The pair performed basic repairs and tune ups on air for WBEZ’s show Worldview with Jerome McDonnell. McDonnell, a longtime bicycling advocate and Working Bikes fan, hosted guests from some of the top scoring workplaces in the Active Transportation Alliance’s annual Bike … read more »

Working Bikes Goes Green, Appears at the Chicago Green Festival May 22, 2013

Working Bikes joined hundreds of “green” organizations this past weekend at Chicago’s annual Green Festival. The festival, held at Navy Pier on May 18th and 19th, featured speakers, performers, DIY workshops, a vegetarian food court, and a Green Marketplace with businesses selling natural and sustainable products. We spent the festival sharing ideas with local organizations, businesses, and … read more »

Working Bikes at Windy City Rollers Derby May 3, 2013

On Saturday April 20, Manager Paul Fitzgerald appeared during the half time show of the Windy City Rollers Derby to receive a check for $500. The Fury, one of the home teams in the league, had selected Working Bikes to be their charity beneficiary for the 2013 season. As Fitzgerald graciously received the check and spoke about … read more »

Working Bikes at Groupon Employee Engagement Fair April 12, 2013

After having hosted many groups of volunteers from Groupon, they invited us to attend their Employee Engagement Expo on April 4. BK and Kumar spent the afternoon talking about the organization to their staff, and demonstrating good riding techniques in close quarters on a circus fixie. In the end, they managed to recruit at least one furry … read more »

A big thank-you from BEN Namibia April 4, 2013

From: Michael Linke Dear friends of BEN Namibia, From our humble beginnings in 2005, BEN Namibia has grown to become one of Africa’s leading ‘bicycles for development’ organisations, touching tens of thousands of people’s lives with better access to education, healthcare and employment. Your support has been key to our success, and I’m writing to thank you … read more »

Vickroy: Bike co-op recycles hope, opportunity April 4, 2013

An article “Vickroy: Bike co-op recycles hope, opportunity” by Donna Vickroy, with an accompanying photo gallery, in the Daily Southtown Star … Kenneth “Gunny” Gunn adjusts the brakes on an upside-down, elevated road bike. “I’ll put the chain guard back on and be done with this one,” Gunny said. As much as the 70-year-old former machinist understands … read more »

Working Bikes at Earthfest in Sheboygan April 4, 2013

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Chicago Tribune Profiles Amy Little March 28, 2013

  Working Bikes Cooperative rescues and restores bikes to give others a better life By Margaret Sheridan, Special to Tribune Newspapers March 24, 2013 In a ceiling-high, greasy tangle of wheels, fenders, handlebars and derailleurs, Amy Little sees hope. She’s the co-founder with her husband, Lee Ravenscroft, of Working Bikes Cooperative (2434 S. Western Ave.,, a … read more »

Working Bikes at Chicago Volunteer Expo February 14, 2013

Trevor, Amelia, Sujith and James recruit new volunteers at the Nature Museum