q: Who qualifies for a bicycle?
a: Bike Recycle Vermont provides bicycles and bike repairs to people without the social or economic capital to find them elsewhere. In the past we've provided bicycles to homeless people, recently resettled refugees, at-risk teens, and people currently receiving or eligible for a variety of governmental programs such as:
- food stamps
- Reach Up
- Section 8
- Free Lunch
- Reduced Lunch
- Unemployment Benefits
- Fuel Assistance
Bike Recycle Vermont does not sell bicycles to people who already have one. If you have a bicycle that is no longer functioning, please bring it into the shop and we will repair it for you! Our repair prices are very affordable.
q: What kind of proof or documentation of income do you need?
a: To keep things simple for you we don't ask for documentation of your income. We rely on the honor system.
q: How much is a bicycle?
a: Adult bicycles (17 and older) are priced between $25 and $100.
Children's bicycles (16 years and under) are $20
q: How much are repairs?
a: Repair prices vary and we cannot give you an accurate estimate until we can look at your bicycle. Please bring it by the shop during our open shop hours, Tuesday through Friday from 1PM to 5PM. A flat tire repair runs between $5 and $7 depending on whether we patch the tube or replace it with a new one. A full tune-up averages around $25.
q: When can I get a bicycle?
a: The shop is open Tuesday through Friday from 1PM to 5PM.
q: What kinds of bikes do you sell?
a: All of our bicycles are donated to us, so what we have in stock changes all the time. We have so many different kinds of bikes! We have mountain bikes, road bikes, cruisers… we tend to have more mountain bikes than any other kind. We don’t have a showroom, so when you come in to purchase a bike let us know what your needs and preferences are and we’ll find one that suits you.
q: Can I come by just to look at what bikes you have for sale?
a: No, we do not have a showroom. When customers come in looking for a bicycle we ask them what their needs and preferences are and select a few bikes from storage for them to choose from. Our staff is great at choosing bicycles that people love!
q: How about helmets? Lights? Do you have them?
a: We sell helmets for $5
We have two tiers of bike lights for sale
It is now a law in Vermont that cyclists must have a front and rear blinky lights or be wearing 20 square inches of reflective material while riding after dark. We highly recommend that our customers purchase front and rear blinky lights for an additional $5.
q: How about other accessories? Racks, water bottle cages, bells, fenders, kickstands?
a: Just like our stock of bicycles, our stock of accessories is constantly changing and depends on what people have donated to us. We often have water bottle cages, bells, and kickstands ($2 - $7), we sometimes have racks ($7 - $10), we occasionally have fenders ($10 - $15). To find out what we have, stop by the shop and ask staff. We hope to provide more accessories in the near future, so stay tuned!
q: Do you sell parts? How much are they?
a: Yes, we sell used parts and some new parts to those who qualify for our program. Prices vary, call the shop or stop by to ask about parts and prices.
q: I have a bicycle, but I don't like it, and it's sort of broken... can I trade my old bike for a new one?
a: Bike Recycle Vermont does not do trades. If your bike is broken we can repair it for an affordable price, just bring it by the shop and we'll give you an estimate. If you've outgrown your bicycle, you can donate your bikes to BRV and then you'll be eligible to purchase a new bicycle.
q: I literally have no money, can you give me a bicycle for free?
a: No, we do not give away bicycles, everyone must pay for a bike. A few social service agencies in Burlington provide vouchers for bicycles from us-- in other words, they would pay for a bicycle for you. You can contact Joint Urban Ministry Project (J.U.M.P.) to learn about their voucher program. If your bike was stolen (in the city of Burlington), you can get a voucher from Parallel Justice.
q: I don't think I qualify for a bicycle from BRV. Where can I find a cheap, used bike?
a: Bike Recycle Vermont often lists high end and vintage bicycles on Craigslist to raise money for the shop. To see what we currently have listed, go to the Vermont Craigslist and search “Bike Recycle Vermont.”
You can purchase used bikes at Old Spokes Home (N. Winooski Ave. in Burlington), Little City Cycles (N. Main St. in Vergennes), and on Craigslist and Ebay.
Each May, many of the local bike shops have bike swaps, with LOTS of reasonably priced bikes. Check Earl's Cyclery, North Star Sports, Ski Rack, and the Alpine Shop's websites for dates of the swaps.
More questions? Contact us!
call: (802) 264-9687