Austin bike shop brings new life to old bikes, gifts to children for holidays

As part of the Yellow Bike Project, a local bike shop is bringing new life to old bicycles.

AUSTIN - One person's junk is another person's treasure, and the proof is in Austin’s Yellow Bike Project shop. 

All of the bikes they own were donated from the community. Many were volunteering their time to repair them, bringing new life for a new owner Sunday afternoon. 

“We reached out to the community and said, 'Hey, do you know how to work on bikes, do you want to volunteer, and do you want to give kids bikes,'" Project Education Coordinator Melody Millage said.

From tiny tots to preteens, the tiny warehouse was transformed into their own version of Santa's workshop. They've made a list -- and checked it twice -- examining brakes, handles and tire pressure.

Within minutes, some are already cleaned up and fixed to be handed off to children this holiday. One of those "elves" is Eddie Mijares. He drove in from Round Rock just to lend a hand, tinkering with bikes like the ones at the shop since he was just five years old.

"Kids need them. This may be the best Christmas gift they'll get,” he said. "I was able to get a bike [when he was a child] that didn't work in the neighborhood that something didn't want, and I fixed it up and I kind of enjoyed getting bikes that way all along."

Now, he and several others are using their passion to help families who may be going through a hard time.

"When you're little, you don't know how to drive, you could feel restricted a little bit, but biking can be a source of freedom,” Millage said.

And with that comes independence.

"They can learn how to take care of their own bike, give them a little responsibility -- that'd be great,” Mijares said.

While the group may never see the look on the families' faces, they know the work they've done could be a part of an unforgettable memory for the child who takes the seat.

"It's really heartwarming that people want to give to other folks,” Mijares added.

Austin’s Yellow Bike Project has dozens donated frequently. They say they are always accepting more each day.

If you would like to learn more about the group, click here.

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