About Back Alley Bikes
Back Alley Bikes (BAB) is a 501(c)3 non-profit bicycle repair and resource center. Our mission is to provide cycling education and services with a focus on youth development, sustainable practices, and community access. BAB started in 2000 as a part of Detroit Summer. The youth of Detroit Summer needed a way to get to their mural and gardening projects around the city. Bikes were the answer. Soon word got around that folks could earn a bike at BAB. Over the years our programs have expanded to include volunteer nights, youth open shop, Youth Mechanics in Training, Youth Rides, Camp Earn a Bike in the summer and Saturday Earn a Bike all year round. We also opened a full service bicycle repair and retail shop in 2008 called the Hub of Detroit to help support our programming.
BAB accepts donations of used bikes of any type, style and condition. Each year we taken in over 800 used bike donations and distribute them back to the community through our Earn a Bike programs for youth ages 10-17. If a child is under 10, we repair the bike as needed and donate it directly to families and various organizations helping youth. In 2014, just under 400 bikes were donated to families or earned by youth who learn to fix a bike and keep it in our Earn a Bike program.
If you would like more information about Back Alley Bikes, please call (313) 879-5630 or check out their website at thehubofdetroit.org/back-alley-bikes
Get involved! Back Ally Bikes and Motor City Gears and Beers would like your help! We are asking that if you have any used bikes or biking equipment that you no longer need or use to please bring them with you on October 8th. Back Alley Bikes will have a location to accept your lightly used biking equipment to help continue their education for youths all year round.
Some needed items include:
- Bikes in any condition (we can scrap damaged frames and use the money for programs)
- Bicycle parts in any condition
- Bicycle accessories (racks, apparel, etc)
- New locks for youth who have earned bikes
- New helmets for youth (gender neutral, ideally)
- Cash donations (tax-deductible!)
- Your time as a volunteer – even if you’ve never fixed a bike, we can find you a way to help!