Wondering where you can donate or recycle your bike that's collecting dust and taking up space? The Bicycle Exchange will gladly accept your bike and refurbish it to benefit those in need.
We are happy to accept your donation of complete bicycles, bicycle parts, or bicycle accessories. The Silicon Valley Bicycle Exchange is a Section 501c(3) non-profit organization, so your donation is tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law. Generally, you may drop off donations on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month and some Wednesdays (see our calendar here), between the hours of 11 AM and 3 PM.
Debating on whether you should fix up that old bike? Often your tax-deductible bike donation makes more financial sense than spending hundreds on repair work and parts. When you drop off your donation, you could also consider buying one of our nice, ready-to-ride refurbished bikes!
We accept bikes of all types and sizes, from tricycles up to full-sized bicycles for adults. Flat tires and broken or missing parts are no problem, as we have an extensive parts inventory. Our volunteer mechanics can fix almost anything; however, we don't restore paint and we can't reverse corrosion. We accept department store kids' bikes, but most budget adult bikes from department stores are problematic because replacement parts are hard to find.
Before donating your bike, ask yourself:
- Could an experienced mechanic make this bike functional and safe in one hour or less?
- Is the bike substantially free of rust and corrosion?
- Is the bike clean enough that you could offer it as a gift without embarrassment?
If the answers are all "yes" then we'll gladly receive the bike. Please clean up your bike before donating it so we can focus on repairs. We also accept monetary donations.
Each bicycle takes about $40 and several volunteer hours to repair and distribute. A monetary donation to cover these costs is appreciated and will keep the cycle going. You're also welcome to stay and volunteer when donating a bike. You'll learn mechanic skills while having fun and giving back.
While the vast majority of our bikes are donated to those in need of transportation, racing bikes, vintage bikes or mountain bikes are gladly accepted and could help us fund our refurbishing of many additional bikes for our partner nonprofits.
Where to Donate Your Bike
Our workshop is located at 3961 East Bayshore Road in Palo Alto. East Bayshore runs east of and parallel to Highway 101 between San Antonio and Oregon Expressway. Please enter via Corporation Way. Go all the way around to the rear of the building and look for the roll up door. DO NOT drop off any donations when the facility is closed.
When to Donate Your BikeYou may drop off your bicycle or equipment donation from 11 AM until 3 PM during any of our Saturday or Wednesday workdays.
Our main volunteer events are held on the second and fourth Saturdays of January through October, second and third Saturdays in November and the first Saturday in December. Our doors open at 10 am for volunteers and 11 am for donors, and we finish up around 3 pm.
These workdays take place rain or shine. The location is 3961 East Bayshore Road in Palo Alto, CA..
See our event calendar for more events and volunteer days.
Click here to contact us, if you have any questions regarding your donation.