Repairing bikes, providing freedom

Bicycles are low-cost alternative forms of transportation that enable self-sufficiency for refugees and veterans emerging from homelessness. A safe, reliable bike means a way to get to school, work or other destinations. It provides freedom.

Freewheels Houston volunteers repair bikes donated by generous Houstonians. Recipients are identified by schools, refugee resettlement agencies, veterans service agencies and other nonprofits.

Currently, most of the bikes we repair are given to refugees and veterans and others emerging from homelessness. We also work with schools. We distribute bikes based on referrals from case managers and others working with people who need transportation.

Volunteer to repair bikes

If you maintain your own bike and already know the basics, we will put you to work on a bike right away. If you want to learn more about bike repair, our experienced volunteer mechanics will help you learn.

We also need people who will clean and prepare bikes for repair and participate in bike distributions and safety instruction.


Bike donations

Although our goal is to accept all bike donations, our rented storage space is getting near its capacity. This has reduced our ability to accept donated bikes. So, if a bike has been left outside for a long time or the handlebars, wheels, gears or derailleurs are damaged or have significant rust, we won’t be able to quickly repair it and prefer that it not be dropped off at our shop.

With the surge of families from Afghanistan who are resettling in Houston, we now need children’s bikes in very good condition that have 16-inch, 18-inch and 20-inch wheels and youth bikes with 24-inch wheels. 

We receive donated bikes during our workdays every Friday and Saturday, from 9 a.m. to noon at our warehouse at 6020 Jessamine #103, Houston, TX 77081 in southwest Houston. 


We need your financial support

Freewheels is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit that relies on community financial support to ensure that we have bike parts and supplies; locks, lights and helmets, and the tools and facilities to operate safely and efficiently. Your contributions will help us serve more people.


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