Free Cycles Missoula formed in 1996 to reduce air pollution by re-purposing unused bicycles. Over time, three core programs have emerged: Open Shop, Build A Bike, and BikeWell Education. Open Shop has brought 200,000 people through our doors to learn how to fix and build bicycles. Approximately 600 tons of material have been diverted from scrap into workable forms of transportation. Over 18,000 free bikes have been earned, built, and ridden away by people seeking a pedaling lifestyle. BikeWell classes have provided 5,000 participants with safety and maintenance skills. Facilitating roughly 160 events with local schools has put tools in kids hands, sparked an interest in bicycling, and emphasized the importance of helping others. Our services are donation based and available to anyone: people of all ages, identities, ethnicities, abilities, and income levels.
ACTIVITY // How to patch a bicycle tube.