Yellow Bike Project

Updated January 5, 2021

Program Updates:

E-bike Building Seminar with Chalo Colina

Join our master mechanic, Chalo Colina, in converting a bike to an E-Bike. Watch, learn and ask questions during the whole process. You will learn installation techniques, sources for supplies and information, system programming and troubleshooting, and some basic electrical principles. 

Building your own e-bike gives you invaluable tools to maintain and customize your ride to your preferences, and saves hundreds or even thousands of dollars versus buying a ready-made model.

Chalo has been building e-bikes since the late 1990s, and has witnessed this technical revolution starting from its infancy. 

Tickets available HERE.

Bike Maintenance 101

Learn basic bike maintenance with Yellow Bike Project volunteer mechanics! We will discuss maintaining tires, tubes, brakes, cables, bearings, and drivetrains to help ensure safe and pleasant rides.

We will wear masks and observe social distancing.

Please note that this is not a repair class. Attendees are encouraged to bring their bikes, but we will not have time to repair them.

Tickets available HERE.

“In Shop” Sales of Parts and Bikes suspended due to STAGE 5 of APH guidelines

We are sorry to inform you that due to Austin moving to STAGE 5 of Austin Public Health guidelines, we are currently suspending our in-store Saturday sales. Our online sales will remain active through Ebay Charity. Check here: and at our social media platforms for any future updates. Stay healthy and safe!

Community Workshops

(get help with your bike or learn mechanic skills on a YB bike)

Community workshops are offered throughout the month. Please check the schedule (click on “schedule” in the top left corner of our website) to see exactly when workshops are offered. 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!

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: Second and forth Tuesdays, 6-9 PM. Reservation required. Walk-ins cannot be accommodated, sorry.
WHERE: YBP Shop at 1216 Webberville Road.

WTF Workshop

Women/Trans/Femme Workshops are offered on first and third Monday of each month (6 – 9 PM).

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 spot 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.

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.

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.

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 !!

More bikes to people in need

thanks to the Energy Foundation grant and our partners:


One of our recently accomplished donation programs is a result of a collaboration between multiple agencies and organisations, connected together through a grant from The Energy Foundation. Within this project, YBP picked up and refurbished bikes, then donated them to people in need of transportation. Bikes came from the Capital Metro Lost and Found. Local advocacy organisations PUMA, PODER, and GAVA found recipients in need of a bike. Lights, locks, and helmets were also included with each bike. To help clients become a long lasting cyclists, Ghisallo Foundation will provide safety and maintenance training. 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.


Over 100 bicycles have been distributed to kids from underserved communities together through our partner organisations and during our Sunday Spring Kids’ Bike Giveaway. Big thank you to all mechanics who supported us in the last few moths to put those bikes together. We would also like to thank all our donors, thanks to which, we managed to equip the bikes with helmets. We would like to express big gratitude to all of you and each one of you who helped us make this event happen. Bikes have the right to children!

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.

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.