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Building Bikes, Building Business, Creating Opportunity. Introducing Washington D.C.'s nonprofit community used bike shop!
Katie Lupo
910 Facebook Friends
District of Columbia, District of Columbia
United States
2 Team Members

About Gearin’ Up Bicycles

Established in 2013, as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community used bicycle program, Gearin’ Up Bicycles is the only used bicycle shop in Washington D.C.  But wait...there's more, Gearin’ Up Bicycles features a workforce development program- employing teens from underserved communities- and the District's only Earn-A-Bike program.  After a over a year of searching for a home, we finally found a great space on Bladensburg Road in Northeast D.C.  Now, we need your help raising money for the start-up costs including workbenches, tools, insurance, signage, etc.

Though $10,000 may seem like a lot of money, we are operating on a shoestring budget and need to reach our fundraising goal. Please help us serve our community by donating to the Gearin’ Up Bicycles campaign.

What We Need & What You Get

We have an awesome space and a multitude of bikes, but we need YOUR help setting up our shop!  To get our space ready, we need $10,000 for capital and overhead costs associated with getting our space ready for our Earn-A-Bike and Workforce Development programs. Your donation will allow us to establish successful programs and get the funding mechanisms in place which will sustain us in the future. We have great perks in exchange for your contribution including koozies, pint glasses and T-shirts- all featuring the Gearin' Up logo. At higher-donation levels you can even receive a CUSTOM Gearin' Up bike!!

The Impact 

Over the last few years, the D.C. bicycling culture and community has grown tremendously, but there is still no place in D.C. to purchase a used bike (besides Craigslist, etc.) and no Earn-A-Bike program for youth. With the number of individuals riding bikes growing each year, we believe Washington D.C. needs both of these. To this end, in 2014 we plan to graduate more than 100 youth and young adults from our Earn-a-Bike programs and thoroughly train and employ at least 5 teens from underserved communities in our shop. Our programs will serve the youth, teens and cyclists of all ages and backgrounds and our new space will allow us to continue to grow and expand our programs and services year after year.  

Gearin’ Up Bicycles also provides a valuable outlet for reusing and recycling old bicycles rather than sending them to the landfill. We minimize waste by repurposing parts that cannot be used into work stands, bike art, and jewelry, for example. What we cannot use, we recycle.

Other Ways You Can Help

We will need lots of volunteers when we open this Spring. If you have bicycle mechanic skills or just interested in learning more and helping, we invite you to contact us.  We are also planning several exciting fundraising events throughout this year and gladly welcome prize donations that we can raffle at these events. If you would like to donate a prize, please email us at KatieLupo@gearinupbicycles.com.  Also, be sure to share our campaign and “Like” our Facebook page: 


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This campaign ended on April 29, 2014
Select a Perk
  • $5USD
    Custom Koozie

    Who doesn't need another koozie?! Particularly when it can be the most expensive, amazing koozie you've ever had! This one will be a keeper.

    2 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $10USD
    Gearin' Up Swag + 1 beer

    Did you hear? Gearin' Up is having our GRAND OPENING PARTY on Saturday, May 3 featuring a Bike-In-Cinema at Bardo Brewpub after sunset! For just $10, you receive some sweet Gearin' Up swag PLUS 1 ticket for a beer at the event! (note: beer ticket only redeemable on May 3 by those 21+)

    0 out of 150 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $15USD
    Gearin' Up bike bottle

    Stay hydrated by being one of the first to sip a cold beverage from a signature Gearin' Up water bottle!

    4 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $25USD
    Pint Glass

    This one will hold your favorite beverage! Works best with a cold bubbly one, but we won't judge. (For this one, you have to stop by the shop to get it otherwise you would get a broken glass in the mail...)

    13 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $35USD
    Limited Edition GUB T-shirt!

    That's right folks, we're creating a single run of Gearin' Up t-shirts just for those of you who donate to the cause. Only chance to add this shirt to your collection!

    10 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2014
  • $35USD
    Limited Edition Ladies Shirt!

    Just for you ladies. The same design, only this time it is cut for you. Get it while you can and show it off to your friends as you support a great cause!

    2 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2014
  • $80USD
    Gearin' Up Bike Jersey

    Riding season is quickly approaching, and you know you need a stylish new jersey. Don't be a follower be a leader and keep it classy with our sleek road jersey! Men's and women's sizes available.

    0 out of 30 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2014
  • $100USD
    Tune Up (or store credit)

    Your bike is in need of some love? A little contribution gets you a complimentary tune up in time for the spring and summer riding season! Or, don't really need a tune up? This option is also good for $50 of in store credit. You know, once the doors are open!

    2 out of 50 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $300USD
    A FREE Bicycle!

    Looking for a quality used bicycle for the summer? Help us out now and you can pick whichever bike you want from us (price marked less than $350) once we open.

    0 out of 15 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
  • $1,000USD
    Custom Gearin' Up Bicycle

    Built by us, made for you! This bike will be custom built to fit you and custom painted with Gearin' Up green (see logo) to give you the hottest ride around by showing your support for us!

    0 out of 3 claimed
    Estimated delivery: May 2014
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