Winter Riding Tips & Recommendations!

Winter riding doesn’t have to be intimidating. It just takes planning and some preparedness to ensure you’re rolling safe and warm. In need of some gear to protect yourself from the elements? Visit our Winter Cycling section on the webstore to see our selection of items for your bike and your body. Looking for something special this holiday season? Check out some of the great items we currently have on the Treat Yourself or Someone Else section! We have deals on a number of our higher end road bikes (and a tandem!), along with some ways to support our community of riders that are part of our local donation program.


Bike Sizing Resources

Buying a bike online poses some challenges, so Working Bikes staff put together some helpful material for folks shopping on the webstore. Check out the videos below to get some tips for finding your correct bike fit! Still have questions? Send us an email at [email protected].

How to measure your inseam for a Working Bikes bike

How to choose the style and size bicycle that best suits you

Adjusting the seat to the proper height


Shop Updates and How We’re Keeping Folks Rolling


The State has determined that bikes are an essential means of transportation. Therefore, bike shops will remain open during the shelter in place order, following certain safety measures. Read on for further details.


Starting Wednesday, March 18th, Working Bikes will be closed to the general public while the shelter in place order is in effect. For folks who are still in need of a new bike or parts, we are in the midst of adding more inventory to our online store and storefront Instagram account. Our Service Department will also be open for drop-off repair services and curbside pick-ups. Contact the Service Department with questions, or schedule an appointment to drop off your bike for service. Send questions to: [email protected], (773) 977-7138.


Working Bikes wants to keep you all rolling, and we’re doing it with the help of the world wide web! Our webstore is up and running, and though it used to be focused on the hard to find specialty bikes and parts around our warehouse, we will be adding some of inventory of the affordable refurbished bikes Working Bikes is known for, along with some parts and accessories everyday cyclists need. Folks interested in purchasing items from the webstore can schedule a curbside pick-up at our home base. Contact us with questions or to schedule a pick-up! [email protected].


Working Bikes is suspending all donations and pick-ups while the shelter in place order is in effect. Please get in touch with us if you have any questions or to check on the status of the suspension.


We believe in bikes as tools of empowerment,, and through our local donation program we provide individuals in Chicago the transportation to access community resources. However, to keep people safe and to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 we will be changing up our Cycle of Power program and putting a temporary halt on having recipients into the warehouse for a bike pick-up and helmet fitting. We are working to find the best way to meet the needs of the people in Chicago who need transportation. One avenue we are exploring is donating bikes in service of delivery. Working Bikes is looking to collaborate with community groups and social service organizations who are working to deliver goods and medical supplies to folks who are homebound. If you have any suggestions for how we can best support people here in Chicago email us at [email protected].


Even though volunteer hours have been suspended, we have an option available for folks who would like to keep wrenching during this hiatus. Member volunteers with the tools and space to repair bikes at home have the option to pick-up bikes and spare parts for at-home refurbishment (like Jerry above!). We are still looking into other ways – like remote volunteer sessions – to keep people engaged and part of the Working Bikes family when we can’t physically be in Brandon’s Bike Shop.


We love bringing folks together at Working Bikes, but now is not the time for gathering. All in-house events, including the Global Impact Stories gathering on March 29th and the April 1st General Meeting have been cancelled. However, we will still host our General Meeting remotely, with an option for electronic participation. Outside our warehouse, a number of collection events during our peak Spring collection season have already been cancelled, and we’re sure there will be more cancellations to come. We’ll have far fewer donated bikes coming in, but we’ll be doing our best to roll with all the changes and meet the needs of our partners, local and international, as best as we can! Please refer to our calendar for updates regarding upcoming bike drives.

We are so thankful for the amazing community of volunteers, patrons, donors, and staff that make-up Working Bikes. We will continue to keep everyone updated as the weeks progress, but don’t hesitate to reach out to us with questions. Be sure to follow-us on Facebook and Instagram for updates.This is also a great time to enjoy the early spring by going on a bike ride, just ask former Governor Schwarzenegger.
Stay well, wash your hands, and look out for one another.



In order to ensure the health and safety of our community, Working Bikes is cancelling all weekly Volunteer Sessions and events through the end of March. Starting today (Friday, March 13th), Brandon’s will not be open to regular drop-in volunteers or groups. Our event Global Impact Stories scheduled for Sunday, March 29th has also be postponed until further notice. Best practices with regards to COVID-19 evolve daily, so please be sure to keep an eye on your inboxes, our website, and our Facebook page for up to date announcements. We will be sure to let you know if anything changes, but for now greatly appreciate your support and understanding.

In the meantime, we want to try and keep wrenching on bikes as much as possible! That is why we are offering member volunteers the option to take home a bike to work on while Brandon’s is closed. If you are a member volunteer and have the necessary tools, please contact [email protected] and we can coordinate getting a bike to you for refurbishment. Not sure if you are a member? Get in touch with us!

The service department and shop will remain open with regular hours, but again be sure to check for updates in case the schedule changes.

Please feel free to contact us with any questions.

Peace + Bike Grease,
The Working Bikes Crew
[email protected]


Working Bikes Through the Years

Happy 2020! As we look forward to this new year, it is fun to think back to the early days of WB to consider how much we’ve grown! It so happens that we’ve recently discovered a hidden treasure trove of videos that were put together by news outlets, volunteers, and WB fans! Check out some of our favorites below, and pay special attention to how the WB warehouse transforms over the years! Also, be sure to check in at Working Bikes in the News page to see featured pieces about the work we do!


Holiday Bike Sale!

Give a bicycle this winter! Working Bikes has three ways to help you change lives for the better during this season of giving!

1) The quickest way to #GiveaBike is to join in Working Bikes’ mission of empowering people with bicycles by making a financial contributionYour support helps give over 9,000 people a year access to a wider world with their own sustainable transportation.

2) The most popular way to #GiveaBike is to donate a used bicycle at Working Bikes or one of our many partner drop-off sites. Working Bikes is trusted by donors of over 10,000 bicycles each year to give their old bikes new life as tools of empowerment in local and global communities.

3) The most festive way to #GiveaBike is to take advantage of the Working Bikes Holiday Bike Sale! To celebrate 20 years of Working Bikes, we’re putting together the best win-win sale of the season. Through the end of the 2019, customers will receive $20 off any purchase over $200, and 20% off any purchase over $500. Give yourself or someone you love a bicycle this holiday season, and know that the money you spend to #GiveaBike to someone in your world will help Working Bikes #GiveaBike across the world. Bike sales support our international donations to bike projects in Africa and Central America, local donations to individuals and families around Chicago (check out one local donation story here!), and all the other work staff and volunteer mechanics put in to support our community and get butts on bikes!


Thank You for Celebrating With Us!

Thank you to everyone who joined us on Monday, October 14th to celebrate 20 years of Working Bikes! We had a blast with you all at Lagunitas Brewing. A big shout out to the folks at TCEP and Ignotz Ristorante for the tasty dinner, as well as all our amazing sponsors and silent auction donors. This year’s celebration was bigger than ever before – Lagunitas even had to open an extra room to fit us all! We hope everyone had a great time and got a chance to meet with some of the wonderful individuals and organizations that help Working Bikes do what we do. We can’t wait to see what the next 20 years look like!

Peace & Bike Grease
The Working Bikes Team

Photos courtesy of Doug McGoldrick Photography


Summer of Bikes!

This summer, Working Bikes donated over 250 bikes to community partners throughout Chicago! These donations were made possible by the generous bicycle donors, and our dedicated and talented volunteers!
Learn more about our community partners at the links below:

Boxing Out Negativity
Chicago Help Initiative
Garfield Park Community Council
Marshall Square Resource Network
Major Taylor Cycling Club
The Night Ministry
Poetry Foundation
Open Books
Oscar DePriest Elementary School
Think Outside da Block





Working Bikes 20th Anniversary Celebration

Working Bikes is turning 20! Join us in celebrating two decades of giving old bikes new homes. We invite all friends, volunteers, donors, staff, partners, and community members to celebrate with us!

Monday, October 14th
5:30pm – 8:30pm
Lagunitas Brewery Taproom
2607 W 17th St, Chicago, IL 60608

General tickets are $40 and are available for prepurchase online.
Get your tickets today!

You can also send a check directly to Working Bikes (and avoid the processing fees):

Working Bikes, Attn: Steve Irwin
2434 S. Western Ave.
Chicago, IL 60608

Tickets will be available for purchase at the door for $50.

Dinner will be cooked up fresh by the good folks from TCEP and Windy City Harvest, along with tasty Lagunitas brews available for purchase at the cash bar.

Sponsorships Available:

Interested in sponsoring our anniversary party? Learn about Scwhinn-inspired sponsorship levels here or contact [email protected].

A huge thank you to all our sponsors!
Scott Johnstone

Freeman Kevenides Jenner & BlockKeating Law OfficesModern OpticalNancy Gerrie

Arco/MurrayChesley, Taft & Associates, LLC Christopher B Burke EngineeringDan SobolDoug BaconEllen BogolubFrancis WisniewskiGofen and Glossberg, LLCSpin

This event is a great opportunity to meet some of our community and international partners! The night will also feature a drawing, silent auction, and games!