Gearin’ Up Bicycles Named ‘One of the Best’ Nonprofits by the Catalogue for Philanthropy

As it Celebrates its 18th Anniversary Working in the Greater Washington Region, the Catalogue for Philanthropy is Proud to Honor Gearin’ Up Bicycles.

WASHINGTON, D.C.—5.28.2021—After an intentional application and selection process, the Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington has selected Gearin’ Up Bicycles to be part of the Class of 2021-22. Gearin’ Up Bicycles has undergone a rigorous review process conducted by a team of 170+ local community advocates, and has been found to be a critical local nonprofit. Potential donors can be confident that the nonprofits in the Catalogue are worthy of their support. Gearin’ Up Bicycles’ mission is to create career development opportunities and teach essential workplace skills to youth from underserved communities, while encouraging cycling as a practical, healthy means of transportation. Gearin’ Up provides access to quality, affordable, used bicycles for historically underserved D.C. residents and hosts various community outreach programs throughout the year.

This year, the Catalogue’s volunteer review team helped select 87 nonprofits to feature in the print edition, almost half of which are new to the Catalogue this year. Over 70% of the organizations are women-led, and over 40% are BIPOC-led. The network now includes 400+ vetted nonprofits working in the arts, education, environment, and human services sectors throughout Greater Washington.

“People want to get involved in their community—they want to make a difference, close to home. Based on our rigorous review process, we believe that Gearin’ Up is a critical local nonprofit in our region,” says Matt Gayer, Co-Executive Director of the Catalogue for Philanthropy.

The Catalogue believes in the power of small nonprofits to spark big change. And they believe in Gearin’ Up to continue to further that positive change, working each day to lift up, strengthen, and enrich our local community.  

For the Catalogue for Philanthropy: Matt Gayer


Scripps comes to Gearin’ Up!

In October, Maya Rodriguez and a Scripps National TV crew came to the Gearin’ Up shop to shed light on our community bicycle story.

View the whole story here!

Gearin’ Up on NBC 4 Washington!

On Saturday, Oct. 3rd, a camera crew from NBC 4 came by Gearin’ Up to interview staff and customers! Perhaps most importantly, two of our youth mechanics got some air time to talk about their time at Gearin’ Up.

View the whole story here!

Gearin’ Up with Reese on WUSA9!

In August, Gearin’ Up Bicycles’ Shop and Operations Manager, Keith, was live with Reese Waters on WUSA9’s #GetUpDC!

Air time with WPFW 89.3 FM!

In May, we had the opportunity to talk about how COVID has caused an increase in bicycle use and showcase one of our youths journey with Gearin’ Up!

Listen to the archived show, starting at 38:30!

An inside look at DC’s only nonprofit bicycle shop by District Wire News

Fall 2019

Open Streets DC

With bike repairs, kids learning to ride for the first time, and our very own youth bringing down the house with their wheelie game, it is safe to say that the first Open Streets DC is a day we will not soon forget! All pictures are available in our Facebook album.

Summer 2019

Anacostia Library Pop Up Shop bike repair – Greater Greater Washington 

Spring 2019

Video News Report – Gearin’ Up Bicycles

Winter 2018

Muriel Bowser awards Vision Zero grant funding to three local nonprofits, including Gearin’ Up Bicycles 


Free repair clinic in bike-shop desert gets Anacostia cyclists back on their wheels – The Washington Post – 7/15/2017


Other ways to travel during #Safetrack – WUSA9 – 6/3/2016

Your college doesn’t want your old bike. Give it to someone who does: Greater Greater Washington, 5/9/16


Future Trails – Meridian Hill Pictures 2015

How A D.C. Bike Shop Is Helping Youth Find Their Way: WAMU, 12/15/15

Gearin’ Up Bicycles on Great Day Washington: WUSA, 10/21/15


Community bike shop finds new home in D.C.: Bicycle Retailer, 10/30/14

Used bike shop with a mission moving to Eckington space: Elevation DC, 10/22/14

Gearin’ Up Aims To Bring Job Opportunities With Used Bikes: DCist, 4/30/14

Gearin’ Up, DC’s Only Used Bike Shop, Is Focused on Youth Development: Midcity DC News