A DC landlord is kicking Gearin’ Up Bicycles
out from the shop’s space in Eckington next to the Metropolitan Branch Trail. The fast-growing organization takes in donated bikes, trains underserved youth
to fix them up, and sells them back into the community. Gearin’ Up is asking for donations to relocate
from 314 Randolph Place NE.
“While this unexpected news presents significant challenges, Gearin’ Up outgrew its current space long ago, turning this move into an opportunity to have a greater impact on DC youth and community.
Gearin’ Up has grown rapidly over the past few years and at an exponential rate through the pandemic’s bicycle boom. In 2020, we sold 400 bicycles, DOUBLE the number we sold in 2019. However, our current building is bursting at the seams with a steady stream of donated bicycles, youth mechanics, volunteers, and customers constantly coming into the shop.
To continue serving our beloved community and to reach more of D.C.‘s underserved youth, we must move into a larger, more suitable space to get the job done. While a mid-summer move is immensely challenging, we are excited by this opportunity to better fulfill Gearin’ Up’s mission: empowering youth of color with professional skills and creating an inclusive "home” for them in cycling as a sport and as an industry.“
As of writing, the donation campaign
for Gearin’ Up is approaching $10,000 of their $75,000 goal to fund the move to a new space. Their shop is the best of bicycling in a community: as an affordable mode of travel, as a culture of free expression and creativity, and as a means of economic opportunity and craftmanship.