Earn a bike

There are a few ways to acquire a bike from the Milwaukee Bicycle Collective. Here are three of the most popular ways:

  • Work for a bike through “Sweat Equity”:

    In other words, volunteer at the shop and work off the price of the bike. Before sweat equity can be earned, you must ready two bikes for sale, and they must be checked by a certified mechanic. If you do not know general bicycle maintenance and repair, we have many options. (Such as learning by doing, sorting and organizing parts, helping to write grants, paperwork, cleaning, working with youth etc.). A volunteer should expect their time to be worth $8/hr. Volunteer time must be spent assisting the shop, not working on your own bike. Fixing your own bicycle is not counted as a donation towards a bike.

  • Pay for a bike:

    Bikes can be purchased instead of volunteering. This money is put back into the organization and is used to acquire more parts, tools, shelves, and other equipment. You can purchase any of our bikes through our online store or in person. At the shop we accept cash, checks and credit cards. Check payment may be required to clear before items may be picked up. Donations which exceed the fair market value of the item purchased may be partially tax deductible.

  • Do a little of both:

    Work and donate. You can put some time towards the Collective and then donate the difference.