Do you think there is a need for people wanting to get into cycling but can’t afford all the expensive gear? I know I’m sitting on a pile of old kits, helmets and gloves collected over many years. I would love to see these items get some more usage and better yet go towards encouraging potential new cyclists or anyone in need. Is there a organization out there that can distribute the items? I’d be willing to organize the drive for donated apparel. But I don’t want to jump into something if the need is not there or if they can’t be distributed to those who could use them. Please let me know your thoughts in the comments section below. Just trying to see if it makes sense to do a donate your old cycling apparel drive. Thanks!
I think that’s a great idea! I just donated some old cycling items to Samaritan Center, in Rogers. I would have rather given them to people that wanted to get into riding. I have clothing, shorts, and some bike gear.
Thanks for your input Jacob. I’m wondering is there enough of a need out there for folks wanting/needing cycling apparel.
How about a survey to all of the bike stores, Bike Bentonville, Bike Fayetteville, etc. in the area?
That is a good idea Jacob. I’ll start asking around.
I was thinking about making a post in the NWA Bicycle Trader, but I would rather do something like this and I think this would be cool to do annually.
Great idea! How could I be of service?
Annually is a great idea. I’m just wondering if the need merits it. Don’t want to be sitting on a pile of stuff if you know what I mean.
I think it would be a good experiment. As much as the cycling community has grown around here, it could be a hit.
The BCO would be happy to add it to the pile of goods that we have been storing from the last drive. We are working on a plan to get items to those in need this coming year. Potentially looking at a way to benefit NICA via giving the gear away or selling it in a yard sale type scenario with money going to local NICA clubs. We just ask that people clean up the items first before dropping off! I can’t tell you how many hours were spent laundering various items and the amount of dirt and grime on some of the shoes, helmets, etc.
Thanks Paxton! I’ll put something together very soon. Drop off locations probably in Bentonville and Fayetteville. Definitely emphasize washing items!
How do people take advantage of good used items?
If you need help with a flyer, I can whip one up.
Thanks Brett! I’ll let you know.
What about hardware. Example. I have a fork shifters, brakes and wheels from a bike that was warranty replaced. I might be able to sell the stuff but if there was a way to get it to the right person that needs…say …a brake caliper and cant afford a new one it would be super cool.
I’ve recently heard about an organization that repairs bikes and then sells the bike for a donation to kids who need them.
If you are looking to offload old bikes and parts, I recommend Recycle Bikes for Kids in Little Rock: