What We’ve Been Up To…

Here at SBK, COVID has slowed us down but not stopped us. We are still working behind the scenes to fix up bikes for low-cost on-premises sales as well as donations to community organizations. In the below article, one of our valued volunteers, Andy, shares about one of our recent donation initiatives and what it means to the recipients. 

SBK Bikes Connecting Newly Settled Refugees to Jobs, Education, and Each Other

SBK recently donated a full truckload of bicycles to refugee resettlement agency Opening Doors. After evaluating the bikes and performing necessary repairs to get them rolling, our volunteers loaded 45 bikes – 25 child-sized and 20 for adults – into a U-Haul, shipping them off on Friday, June 11. Opening Doors then organized a fair at which people new to the Sacramento area – many of whom have overcome unimaginable hardships including human trafficking and political persecution – test-rode and chose their preferred bikes.

“Two wheels can give people so much freedom,” Opening Doors Community Engagement Manager Julie Beckner said. “For our clients, bikes offer an incredible kind of freedom – geographic, economic, physical – not to mention a more fun and enjoyable life.”

Families with whom Opening Doors works often arrive to our region with little more than the clothes they’re wearing, only to confront new challenges such as living in small, overcrowded spaces and having work skills they honed for years in the countries they had to flee go unrecognized by employers here. Bicycles help them connect with their new home.

“The beaming face of a child choosing their new bike is just adorable,” Beckner recalled. “And when kids play, moms talk, building a community.”

While bikes give newly settled youth physical activity, social interaction, and happiness, they also provide adults access to workplaces, school campuses, and grocery stores. For example, an 18-year-old man now rides his SBK-donated bike to commute to ESL classes that recently returned to in-person learning, preparing him for future employment.

Biking is also important to the resettled population’s recovery from the COVID pandemic, which disproportionately impacted their health and economic vitality. With public transit services not yet fully restored to pre-pandemic levels, people are riding bikes to fill what would otherwise be unnavigable gaps in our region’s transportation system.

And though nothing can compensate for the increased instances of racial discrimination resettled communities have endured in recent months, a chance to be a part of Sacramento’s strong biking culture provides a friendly, familiar welcome.

“Around the world, bicycles are the most common form of transportation as they not only offer a sense of freedom but also increased independence and mobility,” according to Beckner. “Sacramento Bike Kitchen’s generous donation to the refugee community ensures that as many people as possible are able to access community services like food banks, legal advice, healthcare, education, employment and much more. And anywhere, more ways to move about the community equals a win.”


About us: SBK is a community-centered bicycle shop serving the residents of Sacramento, California. The organization has been formed in order to promote cycling as a low-cost, alternative form of transportation; enable self-sufficiency through knowledge of bicycle maintenance; and promote bicycle safety through education and classes.

About Opening Doors: Opening Doors’ mission is to empower refugees, immigrants, human trafficking survivors, and underserved Sacramento area residents to achieve self-sufficiency by accessing opportunities to mainstream economic and social systems. The organization does this by providing safe places, skills development, business loans, and connections to community resources, assisting its clients to build financial and personal assets while maintaining their cultural identity and individual goals.


July $1 Tire Sale

All tires out on the floor are $1 during open shifts in July. 

Please come stock up! We have SO many 700c and 26″ tires*! 

*We also have other sizes but there are a plethora of these. 

Walk-in shopping hours are:

        • Tuesday 6pm-9pm
        • Friday 10am-2pm
        • Sunday 9am-1pm

If these hours don’t work for you, we sometimes have additional shifts. Email info@sacbikekitchen.org for more info. 

***Shop space is limited. Be prepared to wait outside until space is available.*** 

June 2021 Parts Sale!!

Parts on sale through all shifts scheduled in June! Parts are used and sold as-is. All sales are final. Cash only. Sales are BY APPT ONLY! Email us at info@sacbikekitchen.org to schedule. 

2021 Spring Bike Sale!

Roll into Spring with a new (to you) bike! The SBK Spring Bike Sale is in full effect! 50% off bikes priced at $200 & under and 20% off bikes over $200! Email info@sacbikekitchen.org to lock down a sales appt. Ends March 31st. 

Annual Winter Closure!

Holiday Decorated Bicycle

SBK will be closed Saturday, December 19th through Wednesday, January 13th for our annual winter closure. Sales and donation appointments for the new year can be made by emailing us at info@sacbikekitchen.org beginning Monday, January 11th.

Happy Holidays and a Joyful New Year from our SBK family to yours! Stay safe and we’ll see you in 2021!


SBK is still closed for DIY shop work but is now doing sales, donations, and free kids bikes by appointment! Time slot options vary week to week so email us at info@sacbikekitchen.org to find out the available openings and secure yours before they are all gone!

Some things to note:
  • All bikes and parts are used and sold as-is, no work can be done in the shop prior to or after purchase.
  • Bikes are in varying states of repair and may not all be able to be test ridden.
  • We ask that visits are kept as brief as possible and that visitors wear masks and gloves. If you do not have your own PPE, you can get a disposable mask and gloves at the table set up at the entrance. This table also has hand sanitizer; please sanitize your hands before touching anything else.
  • We are only able to process cash transactions.
  • We are first come, first served and cannot guarantee that any particular bike that you may have heard about or seen advertised will still be available.
  • Child must be present for free kid’s bikes.
  • While we do donation level free kids bikes, not all kids bikes are free. High end or vintage kids bikes may be sales only.