Our Story

FB4K began in a Minnesota garage in 2008, where founder Terry Esau gave away 250 bikes. Today, his crew gives away more than 6,000 each year, and we think we can get rolling here in Madison, too. It’s a simple concept: you’ve got bikes you no longer need. We know kids and families who do.  

Mission & Purpose

Free Bikes 4 Kidz is a non-profit organization geared toward helping all kids ride into a happier, healthier childhood by providing bikes to those most in need. The public donates gently used bikes, we organize hundreds of volunteers to clean and refurbish them, and then we give them away to kids in need.


Our Method

Every year 25 million bikes are sold in the US. One-third of those bikes are 20” wheel-size, or smaller. Since kids grow like weeds, over 8 million bikes are virtually outgrown each year. Endless supply. Sustainability.bikecircle

Our Board of Directors and Staff

Free Bikes 4 Kidz is driven by a passionate and invested board of directors and staff.

Find out more here.

Our Partners

Though the generous help of key partners like SSM Dean Health Clinics, Alexander Real Estate and Planet Bike, FB4K Madison has already come so far—but we still need support in building the foundation to help every kid ride into a more memorable childhood.



We’ve done our best to answer the most frequent questions we’ve encountered, but if you’re not finding the answer you’re looking for, feel free to contact us.

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