Need a bike? We are happy to help!
To get a bike, please visit our bike shop at 1200 Johnson Road, Golden CO 80401, open Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 1 – 5 p.m., weather permitting. We are in the temp building next to the school. The number and type of bikes of repaired and ready on any given day varies, as we are all volunteer and very busy trying to meet demand. Typically, we have between 2 and 10 adult bikes ready, and children’s bikes. You may need to stop by more than once to find the type and size you need. We ask for a minimum donation of $20 for a regular repaired adult bike ($10 for child’s), and also have some of the better bikes available for a higher donation.
A bicycle is available to any customer who wants one, supplies vary depending on availability of volunteers to fix bikes and incoming donations. There is no means testing or required donation of time or money. Come to the shop during the posted hours and meet with a volunteer to get a bike.
CUSTOMERS. The Golden Optimists provide bicycles to students, families, kids, and anyone who needs a bicycle. In August, we are swamped with fulfilling the bicycle needs of international students from the Colorado School of Mines, and proudly display a world map where our customers mark their country of origin. Other customers this past year included a church in Aurora, homeless and veterans who need bicycles for transportation, and trade-ins for kids who have outgrown their bicycles. Customer service improvements include a very accessible location and the addition of a Facebook Account. We have received a number of letters from people who are grateful for their bicycles.
See pictures of our bikes and a few of our happy customers!
SPECIAL PROGRAMS AND DONATIONS. In addition to the customers listed above, the Golden Optimists bicycle recycle program was also involved in the following programs in 2015:
- Navajo Nation service trip. The Golden Optimists delivered 28 repaired bicycles to the Navajo Nation and to the Hopi Tribe in Arizona in April, and stayed on the reservation a couple of days to repair bicycles for local people. The bicycles donated were fitted with thorn-resistant tire liners. The club rented a large van and 6 members traveled to Arizona for this project.
- Purchased a three-wheeled bicycle to donate to a disabled young man at the request of the Golden Police Department. Also purchased parts and repaired 3-wheeler for a senior citizen.
- Participated in events by providing members and donations of repaired bicycles at Arvada park dedication, Golden farmer’s market, and Jeffco Sheriff’s bike rodeo.
- Donated bicycles to help the fundraising of Wheat Ridge Optimists, Golden Civic Foundation
- Preparing bicycles for Christmas programs at Jeffco Action Center, Christian Action Guild
See pictures from our Navajo Nation service trip:
NUMBERS. The Golden Optimists do not have an exact system for tracking bicycles, but this year’s estimate is that over 375 repaired bicycles went out of the shop. The difference between the count of bicycles in (550) is probably due to a number of reasons, including a high percentage that are in such poor condition they go to scrap (we salvage parts and work with metal recyclers to recycle as much as possible), some overflow bicycles at time of surge are directly given to other community bicycle programs without repair, the large number of bicycles currently in our shop, and the inaccuracy of our counting methods.