There are many opportunities to get involved and make an immediate impact at Gearin’ Up. You can volunteer in the shop, provide mechanical expertise, fix bikes, mentor youth, lend a hand during fundraisers, take photos of youth programs, help transport bicycle donations, spread the word about Gearin’ Up in the community, and more. Email and tell us about your skills and interests.

Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities

  • Oct 15 + 16: 1811 Rhode Island Ave Grand Opening help


We are in our new space on Rhode Island Ave and are settling in nicely, but we need your help. Due to a midsummer bike shop move, we have lost significant earned revenue and, in the wake of the pandemic, are rebuilding our fundraising foundation. We need your support to make this space a long-term home for our youth. Through outreach clinics and in-shop programming, we aim to reach 125 youth by the end of 2021. Help us make that goal a reality!

The new spot, 1811 Rhode Island Ave NE!

Questions? Reach out directly to our Development Director, Lauren, at

Donate Used Bicycles, Parts, & Accessories

Our community bicycle shop runs on the generous donations of used bicycles, parts, and accessories, which Gearin’ Up accepts in any condition. These in-kind donations are tax-deductible. Refurbished bicycles and parts are kept out of the landfill and given a second life through sales to people who need bikes or during youth programs, build projects, and community workshops.

Individual Bike Donations

In our new space, we CANNOT take bike and other large donations at any time like we had at our past location. Bicycle donations (including kids bikes!), frames and larger donations (car racks, child trailers, indoor trainers) will now ONLY be accepted once a month on a selected Saturday.

Upcoming Donation drop off days

  • Saturday, Oct 30, 12-5 PM

Part and Accessory Donations

Part donations (components, handlebars, forks, pedals, saddles, tires, wheels, etc.) and accessories (bike racks, locks, bicycle specific clothing, shoes, lights, etc.) can be dropped off at any time during business hours, Tues-Sat 12-6 PM. 

Abandoned Bike Rescue

Want to organize a bike drive in your neighborhood?
Oftentimes, there are lots of bikes kept in basements or garages that, with a little TLC, could go to someone who will use them! Talk to us about designing a bicycle drive.

Want to donate abandoned bikes?
We bring our Uhaul and pick up from local partners, apartment buildings, universities, and government agencies for refurbishment at our shop. To schedule a bike pickup of 10 or more bicycles, please email

Bike Pick Up Policy 

  • Gearin’ Up staff or volunteers will come to the bikes’ location. Please provide an exact address of where the bikes are located.
  • Please alert front desk staff that a bike pick up is taking place.
  • Please alert all building occupants that a bike pick up is taking place.
  • Mark all bikes that are to be donated to Gearin’ Up with a “Donate” tag.
  • All bikes must be free of locks. If there are locks on the bikes, we cannot accept them as donations. Please have staff remove locks before the set pick up date.
  • All bikes must be in a space that is accessible to a truck or car to ensure efficient pick up.

Event Sponsorship

Local companies, bicycle shops, and individuals can support two annual events: the DC Bike Swap in the summer and our gala in the fall. Please reach out with all other sponsorship inquiries to