For the first time ever, for a variety of very good reasons, we have the good fortune to need to say: we need bikes!
So we are holding our first-ever Bike Dive: if you have a bike that could use a new rider, please consider donating it now, during the "off season" while we have time to get it fixed for a couple Spring projects we are working on.
We accept bikes anytime we are open, and most other days between 10am and 6pm (just give a call first to be sure we are in). We accept any bikes, in any condition, but right now we are especially interested in collecting bikes with specific features needed for the Cleveland Refugee Bike Project and a special school project that will both use the most common and durable type available, which are described below.
Other types of bikes, including children’s bikes, will be refurbished by OCBC students, volunteers and staff, and sold to support this and other educational programs. OCBC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, so all donations are tax-deductible.
Bikes for the refugee bike project are the same type used for OCBC’s youth Earn A Bike program, for the same reasons: they are plentiful, very basic, and easily serviceable with no special tools. They are commonly available at department stores (but with proper repair and upgrading they’ll be much more efficient and reliable than when they were bought new!).
Refugee project bikes will be identifiable by these characteristics:
“Mountain” style bikes (26" wheels) -- any size frames, men’s or women’s.
Commonly brands like Huffy, Roadmaster, Murray and Pacific.
They should NOT have shock absorbers on the front fork (often with rubber “accordion” boots) or suspension for the rear wheel (a spring mechanism in the frame).
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