Yellow Bike Project

Program Updates:

Wheel Building ClassTheory and Practice of Wheel Building: feat. Chalo

Master wheel builder Chalo Colina will lead the class in exploring the theory and science behind the construction of the bicycle wheel. Part one: theory and technique (May 23, 2021; 4PM-7PM). In the second part of the class students will build a wheel from scratch with their own hands. Be aware the second part takes place on Sunday, June 13, 2021; 4PM-7PM. Tickets available HERE. The class is free for the City of Austin employees.



Are you a skilled bike mechanic? Come and help us fix bikes for Spring Kids’ Bike Giveaway 2021. Where: 1216 Webberville Rd. When: Every Monday between April 12 and May 24, 2021; 12PM – 6PM. Book your spot HERE.

I Live Here, I give Here

Many Needs, Many Asks –
Many Answered
We are overwhelmed by the generosity of our supporters. It is with heartfelt thanks that we receive your donation so we may continue to offer free bikes to our communities in need, free bikes for kids to experience joy and freedom, and free workshops.

“In Shop” Sales of Parts and Bikes
Saturdays: Noon to 6PM
Reservations required

Saturday Sales resumes for the first time in almost a year. Our used parts inventory and refurbished bikes will be available for shopping with a required reservation. COVID protocol must be followed; ie. masks and physical distancing.
When: Saturdays noon-6PM
Where: 1216 Webberville Rd

Donations: A Cornerstone of our Organization.

We thank you in advance, as it is your donations that provides the raw materials for our programs. Please remain at your vehicle, call 512-524-5299 for assistance. Open Tuesdays 2-6 PM.

Bill, Bonnie, and Alicia (with volunteer Susan)

Earlier this week, we were graced by three incredible Austin citizens. Target department store donated about 20 brand new bikes to them. They are active members of Reveal Resource Center of Austin, which is a non-profit primarily focused on food pantries and clothes closets serving low-to-moderate income families.
We are very touched by their generosity, and their recognition of YBP as a deserving recipient of their good fortune. We are proud to commend them, and Target for their hard work, commitment, and generosity.

Community Workshops (get help with your bike or learn mechanic skills on a YB bike)
More Workshop are now available!

Community (aka Open) workshops are by reservation only and fortunately, starting in January, these shop times have increased in numbers. Community workshops are offered every other Monday 6-9 PM, and now every Wednesday and Friday 6-10 PM and Sundays 4-8PM. We still have 2 outdoor work stands in our front yard with some tools attached to them. If you want to help make more shop times available to people, you can volunteer toward becoming a shop coordinator The minimum commitment is 18hrs in a rolling 3-month period, and it can be some of the most gratifying volunteer work around. Reservations for the workshops are available now. Reservation required. Walk-ins cannot be accommodated, sorry.

Volunteer Workshops – (learn the skills to refurbish and/or maintain a bike)

We are welcoming volunteers into our Community Bike Shop.
WHO: Volunteers wanting to help YBP serve our cycling community.
WHAT: Volunteer workshops to refurbish bikes, organize parts, etc. 
(unlike Community Workshop, volunteers may not work on their own bikes or projects, but may receive credit towards completing tasks required for the Earn-A-Bike Program). Volunteers can learn all the skills to fully refurbish a bike.
WHEN: First and third and fifth Mondays, and alternating Tuesdays 6-9 PM. Reservation required. Walk-ins cannot be accommodated, sorry.
WHERE: YBP Shop at 1216 Webberville Road.

Luke adjusting a derailleur, and Erica overhauling a coaster brake hub.

Bicycle Maintenance Classes

Certain classes will be offered either over Zoom or in person to a small number of participants. April class is “Intro-Level Bicycle Class” This class will cover bicycle component terminology, a basic safety check and how to tell when “wear components” need to be replaced. Check availability and sign up here.


Women/Trans/Femme  workshop is on the schedule .  Come hang out! Come wrench with us! No experience necessary.

This workshop is run similarly to our Community Workshops but in a supportive, all Women/Trans/Femme (WTF) atmosphere.

WTF hours are open to anyone who identifies as female, transgender, femme, genderqueer, trans-masculine, trans-feminine, or feels that their socialization or treatment as a woman, transperson, and/or femme has impeded their participation in bicycle mechanics.

(WTF language borrowed from the BICAS -Bicycle Inter-Community Art and Salvage website)

Bring your own bike project (or see what we have!) and use our tools with W/T/F-identifying mechanics on hand to guide you and answer your questions.  Learn how to fix your bike, earn a bike through our Earn-a-Bike program or volunteer around the shop. Reserve your time here.

Earn-a-Bike is Reinstated

As we are now offering both Volunteer Shops and Open/Community Shops both phases of Earn-a-Bike can now be completed. Please review YBP’s Earn-a-Bike form. It explains the program and divides it into two supervised repair checklists: the first performed by E-a-B participants on any bikes YBP plans to donate; the second on the frameset participants earn on the first checklist. You may complete the first checklist at either Volunteer Shops or an Open Shops, And the second checklist at Open Shops.

The checklists are self-paced and because the pool of E-a-B framesets come from donations, YBP cannot guarantee that there will be 1) one you like or 2) one that fits you when you’re ready to choose one.

Bike Donation Programs

Kate picking up two bikes for her casework clients.

Volunteer Led efforts

A small team of volunteers continues to refurbishing bikes for our community partners, and schools. In the past 8 months, 102 bikes have left the shop to new riders in need of transportation to work, school, and errands. Our Volunteer Workshops is also providing support in these efforts. Thank you !!

And yes, Another Bike
Donation Program. YEA!!

Our newest program is a collaboration with multiple agencies and organizations put together with a grant from The Energy Foundation. YBP will pickup and refurbish bikes, then donate them to people in need of transportation. Bikes come from the Capital Metro Lost and Found. Local advocacy organizations PUMA, PODER, and GAVA will find recipients in need of a bike. Lights, locks, and helmets are included with each bike. To help clients become a long lasting cyclists, Ghisallo Foundation will provide safety training, and YBP will teach basic bicycle maintenance. We hope to form lasting relationships with all these partners in the hope of getting many more people on bikes! As always, the first and most important part of our mission is to provide free bikes to those who would not otherwise have access.

5th Holiday Kids’ Bike Give-Away

An annual event that aims at delivering bikes to underprivileged children around the holidays. The bikes are handed out through Austin’s Yellow Bike Project’s partner organizations; among them: Caritas, Foundation Communities and Settlement Home for Children.

Last week, Austin’s Yellow Bike team, with the help of volunteers, put 148 kids bicycles into the hands of those who needed them the most. 

In the short term, the goal is to bring the joy of receiving the gift of a bicycle during the holiday season. The long term goal is to empower children through cycling and teach them an active healthy lifestyle and environmentally responsible means of transportation.

This year, in addition to the giveaways through the partner organizations, a number of bikes, with helmets and locks, were dedicated to WIC and SNAP recipients.

Bikes have the right to children!

Thanks for all the hard work, to Marcelina, the project planner and organizer! And thanks to everyone who contributed time and effort, building bikes, hosting work parties, delivering food and supplies, and so forth, to make this years giveaway a success.

Yellow Bike Project is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that has been working since 1997 to reuse bicycles and to provide tools, workspace, and guidance for all. To learn about all the different ways you can use the shop, click here!

We realize that YBP is many things to many people. For everyone eager to purchase a bicycle or replace your parts, get your hands on that one weird tool you need, or volunteer and learn mechanics all at the same time, we see you, and we hope we can serve you soon.

Love and solidarity,


Yellow Bike Project
1216 Webberville Rd
Austin, TX 78721

YBP welcomes donation of money or goods from any person or institution with the condition that the YBP name or logo is not used for promotional uses. If approved by YBP, case by case exceptions may be granted.