Donation / Wish List

September 6, 2010

donationsI. What do I get out of donating?

Back Alley Bikes is a Michigan non-profit organization (our 501(c)(3) is pending). If you desire a receipt for your donation for this purpose, please inform us before you come to better assist you. This is not required but if we don’t know you are coming you may be required to wait a short time for us to fill out the receipt.
By donating you also get the satisfaction of knowing your donation is assisting our effort to get youth on bikes and moving around the “motor” city under their own power!

II. What stuff are you looking for?
We are looking for mostly bikes and bike parts, but being that we have offices, educational and building materials are useful. Check out this list we came up with:
- Bike books/coloring books/magazines/periodicals for our bike library!
- Pens, pencils, markers and crayons
- Old (relatively clean) rags/clothing/linen for shop towels
- Steel wool, sponges, degreaser and other cleaning products
- Duct, packaging, electrical and masking tape
- 2 by 4s and other useable building supplies
- Spray and bucket paint/enamel (especially white for ghost bikes)
- Metric wrenches, screwdrivers  and bike specific tools
- Extension Cords
- Money (cash/check)
- Your time as a volunteer

III. Where do I bring stuff?
For monetary and other material donations besides bikes please contact us. To donate bikes, you can drop them off at the following locations:

The Hub of Detroit
3611 Cass Ave, Detroit, MI
Sweet Bikes
39946 Ford Road, Canton, MI
Great Lakes Cycling
2015 W Stadium Blvd, Ann Arbor, MI

(Great Lakes is moving soon and
cannot take bikes at this time)
Pauls Bike Depot
28057 Gratiot, Roseville, MI
KLM Cycling and Fitness
33502 Woodward, Birmingham, MI
American Cycle and Fitness
39900 W 14 Mile Road, Walled Lake, MI
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Detroit Cycle Supply
478 Columbia St  Detroit, MI
 Kinetic Systems Bicycle
60 South Main St., Clarkston, MI

Dropping bicycles off at our partner shop, The Hub of Detroit, is the most convenient, but if another participating shop is closer to you, feel free to contact them to drop off a bike there. If none of those options work, please contact our Development Coordinator Heather who can best assist with incoming donations. Heather can be reached at Heather (at) thehubofdetroit.org or through the Back Alley Bikes phone number listed on this site.

IV. Wish List
Sometimes there are things we wish for that are larger than donations of bike parts that require a really generous person with a specific skill.  And since you never get what you don’t ask for…
- New windows in our warehouse
- Assistance with painting the exterior (and interior) of our building (or just the paint to do it)
- A digital camera to show the world what we are up to! Thanks!
- Cotter Pin Press
- 4th Hand Tool
- Major electrical work in our warehouse space (rewiring, installation of outlets and switches) Thanks JMC Electrical!
- File Cabinets Thanks!
- Drop ceiling panels Thanks Boy Scouts!
- Mini-Fridge Thanks!
- Land-line phones Thanks!

V. More Questions
You have more questions? Email Heather (at) thehubofdetroit.org or give Back Alley Bikes a call about donating.

2 Responses to Donation / Wish List

  1. mary schultz on October 1, 2011 at 1:50 pm

    I have 4 bikes I would like to donate. I am wondering if you have someone around Oxford MI that would pick them up instead of me bringing them downtown.
    I know this is a huge request, but thought it was worth a try…
    2 bikes are more for a 10-11 year old boy and the other 2 are adult bikes. All of them are classified as mountain bikes, but they were inexpensive bikes, so they really don’t ride that well on mountain trails–they have many gears, but they don’t necessarily function that well. They have not been used much at all–my sons quickly became good mountain bikers and have since purchased better quality bikes. And, they were purchased as extra bikes to keep at a cabin, but then we had to sell the cabin, so we no longer needed all the bikes. My son took one of them apart for parts and put parts back on, so I am not sure about that one…anyway, please contact me if this is worth it for The Hub, or if someone happens to live out this way and wants to pick them up.

  2. Brenda Burton, Cub scout Pack 3144 on February 18, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    MY SCOUTING FAMILIES TRULY ENJOYED TODAY’S EXPERIENCE BUILDING THEIR OWN BIKES. THIS PROGRAM IS A REQUIREMENT FOR SCOUTS TO FAMILIARIZE THEMSELVES WITH A BIKE AND SAFETY RULES AND YOUR PROGRAM REALLY FITS THE BILL, THEIR SIBLINGS HAD A BALL AS WELL. PACK 314 WILL BE DONATING FROM YOUR WISH LIST VERY SHORTLY. AND MORE SCOUTS FROM PACK 314 WILL JOIN THE BUILD-A-BIKE PROGRAM SHORTLY. THIS FREE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM FOR OUR YOUNG PEOPLE IS ONE OF THE BEST KEPT SECRETS IN THE CITY. THANKS AGAIN AND GOD BLESS YOU FOR YOUR EFFORTS,
    BRENDA BURTON, CUBMASTER, PACK 314, RENAISSANCE DISRICT

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