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Trek awards $3,350 to Freewheels as ‘Change for change’

We are pleased to announce that Trek Bikes Houston is donating $3,000, plus change, to Freewheels Houston, from their recent “Change for Change” program to support Houston’s community biking organizations.

Freewheels received nearly $350 from individuals who visited Trek Bikes stores last month and dropped their pocket change into our tip jars. As a result, Trek is generously awarding us a check for $3,350 to sponsor our all-volunteer effort. With support from Trek and many others in the community, Freewheels continues to thrive and is looking forward to bringing even more bike freedom to Houston.

This award also recognizes Freewheels as a significant partner in Houston’s bike community. Our mission to emancipate communities facing transportation barriers is growing in both size and reputation. Our bikes bring freedom to people who have few options to get to work, to school, and to the park.

Since 2015, Freewheels has been a tangible representation of Houston’s warm welcome, which we are privileged to extend — to our newest residents seeking refuge from around the world, to our veterans emerging from homelessness, and to our students finding their way to school and safe, healthy fun.   

Please join us in thanking Trek for inviting us to participate in their Change for Change program. Trek is a vital partner in our mission.

We also congratulate the Greater Houston Off Road Biking Association (GHORBA) and BikeHouston for the community support they received during “Change for Change.”

‘Let me tell you what I think of bicycling’

Susan B. Anthony, abolitionist, reformer and leader of the long battle to gain the legal right to vote for women, saw bicycles as a way to give women freedom and self-reliance.

“Let me tell you what I think of bicycling,” Anthony told journalist Nellie Bly. “I think it has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. It gives women a feeling of freedom and self-reliance. I stand and rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a wheel… the picture of free, untrammeled womanhood.”

Freewheels Houston is built on the idea that bikes bring freedom for everyone. That’s why our volunteers are so focused on repairing bikes for refugees and others who have few options to get around the sprawling Houston community.

In February, we gave bikes to Maliha Karimi and her nephew, Sorush, recently arrived in Houston after fleeing Afghanistan. The New York Times described their escape and the family they left behind in a moving story that ran days after their visit to Freewheels. 

During her test ride in the Freewheels parking lot, Maliha was not a confident rider but determined to put it to use.

Freewheels gives bikes to many refugees–men, women and children–who want to get to school, work, the grocery store and other destinations. We also help veterans emerging from homelessness, like Tyra, who picked up her bike in February.

Do you embrace freedom? We welcome people who want to help us by cleaning and repairing bikes. You will meet some amazing people. 

Read more about women’s (bicycle) history: 

https://www.womenshistory.org/articles/pedaling-path-freedom

https://bikeleague.org/content/march-womens-bike-history-month

Bike request

Please complete this form to request a bike from Freewheels. We give priority to requests from refugees, recently homeless veterans and students at certain schools. If we have more requests than bikes in inventory, your request will be added to our waiting list.

Bike donation update

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.

Our greatest need at this time is for adult mountain bikes and hybrids with 26-inch and 700c wheels. Most of our adult recipients are of average height and weight, so XL bikes are not currently needed. Our refugee and veteran customers rarely ask for road bikes or beach cruisers.

However, with the surge of families from Afghanistan who are resettling in Houston, we now need children’s bikes with 16-inch, 18-inch and 20-inch wheels and youth bikes with 24-inch wheels. Kids’ bikes must be in very good condition. We are happy to replace worn tires, seats or grips, but rusty or broken bikes are not worth the time or the cost of replacement parts. We don’t accept used helmets, smaller bikes, scooters or tag-alongs.

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. 

Thank you for your generosity!

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