Old Spokes Home is a bike shop and 501(c)(3) nonprofit creating access to bikes and the opportunities they provide for our whole community.
We operate two locations in Burlington's Old North End:
WHY WE DO IT
We believe bikes are a simple solution to complex problems. We believe there is a bike for every person and every purpose. We believe bikes aid in positive personal and cultural transformation. Bikes connect people to their community, to their own bodies, to their physical environments. Bikes heal. Bikes empower. Bikes mobilize. We believe everyone should have access to bikes. We believe everyone deserves to feel the joy that a bicycle provides. That's why we're here.
OUR AREAS OF WORK
We're well-known for our bike shop pictured above on the left. We sell new bikes, used bikes, offer full service repairs, new and used parts, accessories, and more. Our shop specializes in everyday riding, commuting, bikepacking and touring, gravel riding, and fat biking. We strive to be the most accessible bike shop on the planet because we want everyone to experience the joy and benefits of bicycling.
Because transportation is typically a household's second greatest expense after housing, our Everybody Bikes program at our community workshop (pictured above on the right) further lowers barriers to bicycling by making bikes and accessories more affordable for income-eligible Vermonters. Thousands of Vermonters have accessed affordable and active transportation through this program since 2005.
Learning bike mechanics and participating in shop operations provide valuable work experience to those who want it. We work closely with partner organizations including VABIR, Vermont Works for Women, Spectrum, local school districts, Vermont Adult Learning, and others to create custom work experiences for adults and youth that help them achieve their goals.
Our shop is a third place for many young people. We make our space open through the Everybody Bikes program, Youth Shop, and various youth-focused programs and services. We also run two Kids Bike Bonanzas each year that provide hundreds of children ages 3 through 8 with bikes and helmets at no cost to their families.