Dropdowns under our “Resources” section are intended to help you in your bicycle endeavors.
If you’ve run across any particularly useful things on the internet or in real life, send them on! We might not be able to upload them immediately, but if we do, we’ll definitely send you an e-mail and reference our source!

4 comments for “Resources

  1. Jordan
    October 17, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    Hello, I’m a Detroit native and we’re trying to start a similar program in DC at Howard University. We have some limited resources but I’d like to get some advice on what else we might need to incorporate as best practices

    • Julianne Kelly
      November 14, 2011 at 5:18 pm

      Hi Jack, Jason and all,

      Thank you for the great tour of Back Alley Bicycles. I am back in Massachusetts and telling everyone about your great work.

      I saw this question on your website, and wondered if you could send your response to Jordan along to me as well. I am particularly interested in what you think is needed for start-up in terms of funding. If you could further describe the ratio of paid staff (not the shop but the Back Alley Bicycle division) to volunteers, I would appreciate it greatly.

      Thank you.


  2. Ebony Williams
    January 6, 2012 at 10:40 am

    Good Morning,
    I first want to thank you for providing such an awesome program to youth in our community. I have clients, family, and friends that have been able to participate.
    My question is, do you have or are you aware of a program such as HUB that provides programming to adults or adults with mental health impairments who would like to “build” their own bikes? Any feedback would be greatly appreciated!

    Thank you,

    Ebony Williams

    • jasonx
      January 6, 2012 at 12:58 pm

      Hello Ebony,
      At the Hub we do offer our Adult Mechanics classes every Sunday at 2pm for adults to learn how to fix their own bikes. However, adult do not “earn” bikes like our youth. But if an adult has the proper tools and bike parts at home, they could certainly build their own bike with the knowledge gained in our classes.

      I am not currently aware of places that have an “earn-a-bike” program set up for adults. Our friends at the Capuchin Soup Kitchen Earthworks Farm has a shop for adults to work on bikes on Wednesdays. However, they assist adults working on THEIR own bikes and not earning them.

      I have heard of the “Red Planet Bike Collective” which is supposed to be near 7 mile and Woodward. I’ve never been there so I don’t know much about them. But they may have an “earn-a-bike” for adults. (

      hope that helps,
      jason x

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