Repairing bikes, providing freedom

Freewheels Houston bicycles provide safe, reliable, low-cost transportation that enables self-sufficiency for refugees, teenagers, and veterans emerging from homelessness. A bike means freedom–a way to get to school, work and other destinations.

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 who fled the Taliban takeover in Afghanistan. Members of these families risked their safety to assist U.S. troops and they should have our support as they start new lives in Houston. For many years, we have given bikes to veterans and others emerging from homelessness. We also work with schools; eight students at Klentzman Intermediate School in Alief ISD recently received bikes after achieving perfect attendance records. We distribute bikes based on referrals from student support staff, case managers and volunteers working with people who need transportation.

Volunteer at Freewheels

We seek more committed volunteers who can help us the number of people who receive bikes: more bike mechanics, bike cleaners and preppers and others who will  help with bike distributions and safety instruction. As we grow, we will need people who can help keep the shop running smoothly, plan and execute our communications and perform other tasks.

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.


Bike donations

Although our goal is to accept all bike donations, our rented shop and storage space is near its capacity. This has reduced our ability to accept all bikes. 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.

Our riders prefer mountain bikes and hybrids. Right now, our greatest need is for youth bikes with 24-inch wheels for young Afghans and Alief middle school students. (We receive very few requests for road bikes.) 

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

Donate Bikes

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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