Resources & Links
We've gathered some helpful info. Check back often as we expand these resources.
We Love BikeAustin!
BikeAustin's mission is to improve the quality of life for all of Austin and Central Texas by growing bicycling as a form of transportation, exercise, and recreation. From education, to advocacy, to community building, BikeAustin is a fantastic organization and we encourage you to get involved.
BIKEALOT partners with BIKE INDEX to register every bike we sell for free as a service to our customers. Anyone can register their bike for free here. BIKE INDEX is an excellent international open source database of bikes and their serial numbers to help recover stolen bikes while protecting owners' privacy. We love their mission and encourage you to check them out.
How to NOT buy a stolen bike
Our friends at Bike Index also created an easy PDF guide outlining 4 simple steps anyone can follow when buying a bike online to make sure they don't accidentally buy a stolen bike. Price too good to be true? Bike doesn't fit the seller, or s/he has 20 bikes for sale and won't tell you the serial number? "Frankenbike" of mis-matched parts? Think twice!
Yellow Bike Project is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that has been working since 1997 to get more bikes on the streets of Austin by operating community bike shops, teaching bike mechanics and maintenance, and acting as a local bike advocacy group. Their popular "earn-a-bike" program has empowered countless Austinites to learn the basics of bike maintenance and repair by volunteering with the Yellow Bike Project, in order to earn their very own bicycle. They also accept donations of bikes and parts, and they welcome anyone who wants to learn or help. Does it get any better than this?!
The folks at Park Tool have a fantastic YouTube Channel with a whole library of videos on how to do anything from fixing a flat to adjusting derailleurs and shifting. We are happy to help you with major repairs and customizations, but we're also here to help empower Austin's cycling community to enjoy the art of bicycle maintenance at home. You can always shop with BIKEALOT for any tools or parts you may need.
If you're ever in Northern California, this non-profit museum is a must see! Their amazing collection documents the evolution of modern biking, starting with historic bikes from the 1800's and taking visitors through a fun & fascinating look at how mountain biking blossomed in Marin County. For avid bike enthusiasts or history buffs, they have a mind-blowing collection of books, periodicals, and ephemera. Their friendly staff loves giving guided tours, so call ahead to make arrangements. We were honored to get a tour from living legend, Joe Breeze!