Our Mission

Gearin’ Up Bicycles’ purpose is to create career development opportunities and teach essential workplace skills to youth from under-served communities, while encouraging cycling as a practical, healthy means of transportation. Gearin’ Up provides access to quality, affordable, used bicycles for those in need and hosts various community outreach programs throughout the year. Our community-focused organization focuses on four pillars to achieve our mission:

  • Job Training

    The foundation of all of Gearin’ Up Bicycles’ programs is a bicycle mechanics technical training program through which youth acquire experience and skills that yield meaningful employment.

  • Refurbished Bicycles

    Trained youth mechanics rescue and refurbish abandoned and unwanted bicycles to prepare them for sale and to support workforce development initiatives.

  • Experiential Education

    People of all ages become empowered cyclists through bicycle maintenance and safety education from Gearin’ Up Bicycles’ youth mechanics and staff. Our programs include youth bike nights, rides, adult education, and paid youth internships.

  • Community Engagement

    DC residents participate in year-round activities to become engaged city cyclists, including Bike Force pop up repair shops hosted in underserved areas, Gearheads trail patrol for on-the-trail maintenance and safety, and the DC Bike Swap hosted by Gearin’ Up Bicycles.

Gearin’ Up Bicycles is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that equips DC-area youth with tools for success through job training and experiential education. These programs are possible with revenue from our community bicycle shop, which sells refurbished bicycles, as well as workshops and special events that engage the DC community.

The full-service bicycle shop, located steps from the Metropolitan Branch Trail, plays a critical role in making cycling more accessible to DC residents of all backgrounds. The space brings together individuals who support the Gearin’ Up mission: to create career development opportunities and teach essential workplace skills to teenagers from under-served communities, while encouraging cycling as a practical, healthy means of transportation.

Gearin’ Up was founded in 2012 and modeled on a successful nonprofit in Wisconsin. The first shop opened on Bladensburg Road in 2013 and received immediate, positive response from youth and community members. The success of the first, outdoor location led Gearin’ Up to expand service from three to six days a week and move to its permanent indoor location at 314 Randolph Place NE in 2014.

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