Help Detroit's Kids Ride Bikes!

$5,188 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 108 people in 52 months
WRENCH is a charitable effort that believes that every child deserves a bike.   Since we started in March of 2014 we have supplied over 1,200 donated bikes and repaired many more.  Wrench operates out of the Core City neighborhood directly (walk in); but our main focus is to come to where the need is.  Our first year we set up in 2 other neighborhoods with cooperation of the community and held "bike clinics" as neighborhood events. Our 2nd year we added 2 neighborhoods and helped at other similar events. We come back for followups to each neighborhood we service, establishing ongoing relationships with the communities we serve.  

As our volunteer base grows, we plan to add more neighborhoods.  We would also like to expand on teaching bike repair to the youth.  We started a program where adults can earn a bike by providing anything useful to the Wrench community.  We have received everything from frozen hot dogs to clean up help and love to pass on our knowledge of bike repair and maintenance.  

WRENCH has done all this on a shoestring budget to date thanks to donations of things and time from our supporters but there is more that we yet need to take care of.  Please share this campaign to your social media and contacts and see if anything on our wish list is something that you can help us with.
Wish List: 

Volunteers! The best things in life are free!

Bicycle tubes of all sizes, this is our #1 operating expense.

Anything that we use to fix bikes, such as tools, spray lubricant, tires, chain lube, chain, tube repair kits, rust remover, rags, etc. 

Bikes and useable parts of bikes

Marine batteries and solar panels to beef up our  solar power system.

Thank you and here are a few links for more info about Wrench, please like us on facebook for updates and to keep in touch!

#freebikesforkids #wrenchDetroit
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Wrench is almost completed with our website! The web designer asked me to provide testimonials, so I'm inviting you to respond by email to, or if you are on facebook, message me or leave a review on the page. Please say a bit a bit about a positive experience or your feelings about what we are doing or whatever you want to say in support. It can just be a short comment, something we can post on our site to drum up more support. Your words really can make a difference! Thank you!
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View the art, watch bicycle races, enjoy family friendly activities at fun charity event Jan. 28 at the Lexus Velodrome! Wrench will be there!

Art lovers and bicyclists are looking forward to January 28 when their passions intersect at Detroit’s newest sport and event venue – the Lexus Velodrome, located at I-75 and Mack Avenue in Midtown Detroit.

They will savor an afternoon of art inspired by and made from bicycle parts, a charity art auction and silent auction, family activities and a demonstration bicycle race. SCRAP Detroit – Welding Festival and Art Auction will be held from 12 noon – 4 pm, Sunday January 28.

The main charity art auction features 13 kinetic sculptures, created by artists inspired by a bicycle theme. Auctioneers for the onsite sale are Detroit Metro Auctions assisted by WDET's Ann Delisi. An online auction will also take place, hosted by Jesse Long of Detroit Metro Auctions. Online bidding started November 15th, go to and open ScrapFest Art Auction. The event is organized by SPARC – the Society to Promote Art & Recreation in the Community.

“We gave each artist 250 pounds of scrap metal, bicycle parts and the challenge to create kinetic sculptures based on a theme,” said Mike Willenborg of SPARC. The pieces, each with moving parts in fascinating configurations, debuted in August at SCRAP Fest 2017 in Midtown Detroit. Since then, they’ve been on display in front of the Spirit of Detroit statue in downtown Detroit and rolled into Van Wert, Ohio, for a gallery show.

Their return to Detroit purposely coincides with the Lexus Velodrome Grand Opening on January 26 and 27 . The 64,000 square foot structure features a 1/10th mile bicycling track, 1/8th mile walking/running/skating lanes and open space for fitness classes and special events. The visible steel undercarriage of the track provides the ideal backdrop to the massive sculptures, said Willenborg. They will be in place for viewing during the grand opening.

Sculptures were created by artists from all over Michigan, and by regional and internationally known artists -Richard Morgan, Robert Onnes and Dennis Graham.

Proceeds from the auction online and during the Sunday event will benefit not only the artists but four charities:

• Detroit Fitness Foundation: Owner and Operator of the Lexus Velodrome, DFF will offer free fitness programming for Detroit youth and senior citizens.

• Mint Artists Guild. Employs, educates and engages young Detroit area visual artists with career, business and community building skills, including a summer jobs program and teen artists tents at the Palmer Park Art Fair.

• Wrench Detroit. Provides bikes to economically-challenged youth in Detroit and teaches them to build and fix bicycles. Since launching in 2015, WRENCH has given away 100s of bicycles.

A portion of the auction and silent auction proceeds also will go back to SPARC, for future programs and the 2018 SCRAP Fest, to be scheduled for the summer.

Wrench and Mint Artists are planning family activities including face painting, and arts and crafts. Mint Artists will invite a teen artist to live paint a bicycle before and during the art auction. And a silent auction will feature donated items from 1XRun, Detroit Artists Market, The Whitney, Mint, Traffic Jam & Snug and a hand-printed Cuba photo by Jack Kenny.

SCRAP Detroit Welding Festival and Art Auction runs from 12-4 pm, Sunday, January 28 at the Lexus Velodrome at 601 Mack Avenue, at I-75 Service Drive. The event is free, open to the public and family friendly. For more details visit:

More photos and interviews available on request.

For additional information, contact SPARC co-directors:
Mike Willenborg, 586-623-7654,
Danielle Doxie Kaltz, 313-608-4580,
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Merry Christmas from Wrench! The kids just got their park replaced after a 2 year wait and are playing in it, even in the snow they are so happy!
They reminded me that I promised to throw them a party when the park came back, so this Friday, Dec 29, from 11-4 we are having Christmas at the bike shop at 4135 Vermont! Up to 50 kids are expected.
Here is our Christmas wish list:
Hats and gloves, they have none!
Small toys for Santa's grab bag
Christmas cookies, treats, snacks and drinks
Decorations for the day
Donations for the pizza ordered from Sisters on a Roll, Chef Bee is giving us a sweet deal $30 for homemade pizza
Always need bikes and Wrenchers!
Please help
The kids enjoying their new park.
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Its Giving Tuesday! Every $5 Wrench receives, a kid gets a bike! Please donate any amount to help us give kids the freedom to ride their own bicycle and thank you for supporting. Letting the big secret out that it's really you that it's really you that fuels us to make it happen..
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Laura Meyer Daly
15 months ago

I have an older bike that's in good condition, where can I donate it? Thanks!

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$5,188 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 108 people in 52 months
Created March 9, 2014
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Dawn Thomas
4 months ago

Wonderful to meet you tonight at the Velodrome. Hope to participate in your efforts another time as well.

5 months ago
Laura Meyer Daly
15 months ago

I have an older bike that's in good condition, where can I donate it? Thanks!

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