Welcome to Gear Up!
Gear Up! Recycled Used Bicycles is a social enterprise in Kingston, Ontario.
It is an initiative of Cycle Kingston, Inc., and was piloted in 2016 thanks to a generous grant from the Community Foundation for Kingston and Area.
We grew in 2017, thanks to Canada Summer Jobs and ReStart
and are looking forward to even greater growth in 2018.
WE ARE NOW HIRING FOR 2019
Click here for our Gear Up! Project Manager position
GEAR UP! IS NOW CLOSED FOR THE SEASON
We look forward to serving you again in May 2019
Gear Up! typical hours May through August:
Thursday, Friday and Saturday, 10AM to 5PM
Lower Level (Rear Entrance), Boys and Girls Club, 559 Bagot Street, Kingston.
SPECIAL NOTICE: Cycle Kingston Annual General Meeting
Please join us....for Cycle Kingston's Annual General Meeting
Monday, March 25, 2019 at Ongwanada Resource Centre (Board Room), 191 Portsmouth Ave, Kingston, ON, at 7:00pm.
Our Directors will present a report on activities in 2018, and plans for the future in 2019.
Madison Freeston, Gear Up Manager in the summer of 2018, will be sharing her experiences.
Refreshments will be available.
Support Cycle Kingston in its 11th year of providing cycling education and awareness. Memberships are $10 (or pay what you can).
If you are interested in a unique volunteer leadership opportunity, consider becoming a board member for Cycle Kingston. Send an email to Neal Scott, at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
At Gear UP! we work with youth employment agencies, like ReStart, to select students who want to build some skills and gain experience as an employee while getting paid to do it. We call these kids our Bike Wizards.
Green and Clean
Kingston is definitely a cycle-able city, and cycling is safe, healthy and environmentally-friendly. We empower cyclists to experience pedal power...and our relationship with Cycle Kingston means we can direct less experienced cyclists to fun ways to learn cycling skills.
Kingston is home to many post-secondary students, new immigrants, and families and individuals who have limited resources. We are happy to be a source of affordable transportation by refurbishing and selling used bikes to help those who need it get around to shop, work or go to school.
Our parent organization, Cycle Kingston, has been offering safe cycling workshops and courses for ten years! Even if you are a competent cyclist, we recommend taking a course - it's amazing what you'll learn and how much safer and more confident you will be as a cyclist. A definite must for newbies!
I like working at Gear Up because I get to learn new things while also gaining experience for my future employment. It has also given me the opportunity to improve my social skills
- Isaiah S., Age 17, 2018 Bike Wizard
Want to get involved? Great! Here's how:
We will gladly accept your used bicycle, as long as it is in reasonably decent condition so that our Bike Wizards can repair it to be safely operational. We will also accept donations of bike accessories, and of course, we will accept donations of cash. Gear Up! is an initiative of Cycle Kingston, a registered charity who can offer donation receipts for anything over $20.
Are you looking for an affordable, green mode of transportation? Then we can probably help you out. We've got a constant supply of bicycles being refurbished by our awesome Bike Wizards. Our bikes have an average price of $75 and we accept cash, debit, or credit card. We also sell helmets and bike locks, both of which we highly recommend. Not only that, but we can give you some bike safety advice, or better yet, hook you up with the experts at Cycle Kingston who'd be happy to offer you a cycling skills and safety course.