Update 8/6/2020: We will be open for sales tonight.

As before, for your safety and that of our volunteers, personal protective equipment (PPE) must be used by staff AND customers alike, and social distancing protocols must be observed and will be strictly enforced.

– All customers MUST WEAR a face mask covering their nose and mouth, and gloves. No face mask/gloves; No service… No exceptions.

– Due to the small size of our shop and available staff, only ONE shopper will be served at a time (two if you are with a spouse or a minor that you are shopping for).

– We anticipate being able to serve ONLY 8 shoppers during the 2 hours that we are open each evening. Our greeter will issue numbers to the first 8 shoppers to arrive and will be calling each number to be served. Please be considerate of other customers and try to make your test ride(s) and decision(s) as quickly as possible.
If we service all 8 customers before our closing at 8pm, we may take others who’ve decided to wait on line. However, we cannot guarantee that we’ll be able to service any who choose to wait on line beyond the first 8 customers.

In summary:
1) Upon arrival, wear face mask and gloves and wait on line at the 6-foot intervals indicated by the green painted footprints. Our greeter will issue you a number that he/she will call when we are ready to serve you.
2) When your number is called, ENTER ONLY through our RIGHT gate near the picnic tables. EXIT ONLY through the LEFT gate.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation; we look forward to seeing you.

The New Brunswick Bike Exchange

 

6/23/2020: Thank you to all those who came by our shop this evening and we apologize to those that didn’t get a ticket and whom we were unable to serve during our shop hours. We had another record number of sales and our inventory has been depleted of ALL adult and teen bikes again!

We will have to close until further notice once again, while we rebuild our inventory. Please check our website and Facebook page for the date and times of our next re-opening.
We hate to open and close with such frequency, but we need time to work on bikes, which we can’t do when we’re open for sales.
Thank you for your understanding and patience.
Clearly the bike shortage that these recent news articles describe, is definitely not a rumor:
    The New Brunswick Bike Exchange

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6/19/2020:  Thank you for your patience during the last two weeks (actually just 4 work evenings for our volunteers) while we were rebuilding our inventory.

We will open again for sales on Tuesday, 6/23/2020, at our regular hours. Please always check our website and Facebook page for any last minute changes to our days or hours, BEFORE you come to the shop.
As before, for your safety and that of our volunteers, personal protective equipment (PPE) must be used by staff AND customers alike, and social distancing protocols must be observed and will be strictly enforced.

– All customers MUST WEAR a face mask covering their nose and mouth, and gloves. No face mask/gloves; No service… No exceptions.

– Due to the small size of our shop and available staff, only ONE shopper will be served at a time (two if you are with a spouse or a minor that you are shopping for).

– We anticipate being able to serve ONLY 8 shoppers during the 2 hours that we are open each evening. Our greeter will issue numbers to the first 8 shoppers to arrive and will be calling each number to be served. Please be considerate of other customers and try to make your test ride(s) and decision(s) as quickly as possible.

In summary:
1) Upon arrival, wear face mask and gloves and wait on line at the 6-foot intervals indicated by the green painted footprints. Our greeter will issue you a number that he/she will call when we are ready to serve you.
2) When your number is called, ENTER ONLY through our RIGHT gate near the picnic tables. EXIT ONLY through the LEFT gate.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation; we look forward to seeing you.

The New Brunswick Bike Exchange
– Get a safely operating bike at a fraction of its original cost.
– Live a healthy and more active lifestyle through cycling.
– Keep an unwanted bike from going to our landfill.
– Proceeds help fund the community service programs of PRAB.
Your wallet wins, your health wins, the environment wins, and the community wins!

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6/18/2020:  The New Brunswick Bike Exchange would like to thank Chris Cardelfe (Store Manager) and the Milltown Home Depot (Store #918), for donating a generous supply of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to help us launch our season in this COVID-19 pandemic. We are especially grateful for this donation of gloves, face masks, and hand sanitizer because PPE has been particularly difficult to source and their cost is prohibitively expensive compared to pre-pandemic prices.
The Home Depot is known for supporting their communities especially during natural disasters and extraordinary situations, and the Milltown Home Depot is a prime example of this generosity and caring. Without this donation, we would not have been able to open as early as we did- within a week of Governor Murphy authorizing bike shops to open for sales.
We encourage all our supporters to shop the Milltown Home Depot.
Pictured here with the donated PPE, Senior Mechanic Rickie G, Mechanic Philip H, Shop Manager Nelson B, and Program Director Harv M.
6/04/2020: Thanks to all of you who visited the New Brunswick Bike Exchange during our first three days of the 2020 season. Whether you purchased a bike (or two, or three!) or just came by to see what was available, we appreciate your stopping by.
You gave a home and a new lease on life to 48 lucky bikes! 48 riders discovering or rediscovering the joys of cycling. 48 less bikes going into our landfills. And your sales proceeds help fund PRAB’s early childhood, youth, family, and community services to over 30,000 individuals and families annually right here in Central New Jersey.
Due to the record number of sales during these first three days, our inventory has been depleted and we will need time to build it back up in order to offer you a decent selection of styles and sizes. Therefore we will be closed until further notice. Please bear with us- we have a very limited number of volunteers who are available AND willing to venture out in this pandemic so it may take a week or two at least to ready a new batch of bikes. Please check our website and Facebook page to see when we’ll be ready to re-open; in fact, it’s always a good idea to check for any last minute changes before coming to our shop.
On behalf of PRAB and all of us here at the New Brunswick Bike Exchange, we thank you for your support and patience during these unprecedented times.
Be well, stay safe, and enjoy the ride!

– The New Brunswick Bike Exchange

 

 Thank you for your patience! Since the State has finally allowed bicycle shops to open for in-person sales, we at the New Brunswick Bike Exchange would like to welcome you to the opening of our 8th season on Thursday, May 28th.
 
As Governor Murphy has stipulated and for your safety and that of our volunteers, personal protective equipment (PPE) must be used by staff AND customers alike, and social distancing protocols must be observed and strictly enforced. 
 
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation. 
    The New Brunswick Bike Exchange
 

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In Season Hours:

Tuesdays: 6PM to 8PM

Thursdays: 6PM to 8PM

** Check here and our Facebook page for last minute shop closings **

 

03/28/2020: The New Brunswick Bike Exchange Receives 2020 Best of New Brunswick Award!!
  

NEW BRUNSWICK March 28, 2020 — New Brunswick Bike Exchange has been selected for the 2020 Best of New Brunswick Award in the Stores category by the New Brunswick Award Program.

Each year, the New Brunswick Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the New Brunswick area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2020 New Brunswick Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the New Brunswick Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About New Brunswick Award Program

The New Brunswick Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the New Brunswick area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The New Brunswick Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

https://newbrunswick.town-choice-recognition.net/PressReleaseub.aspx?cc=DMM2-WBMK-8M88

The  New Brunswick Bike Exchange is a non-profit organization run by the efforts of volunteers who collect, recondition, and sell used, quality bikes. The NBBX offers an ever-changing selection of low cost bikes for riders of all ages, from occasional recreational riders to frequent riders and commuters. All bikes are fully assembled, operational, and available for test rides before purchase.

Sales are cash-only.

Our mission is to promote a healthy and active lifestyle through cycling while raising money to support PRAB’s various community services.

We are located at 90 Jersey Avenue in New Brunswick. The entrance is at the rear of the PRAB building through a garage door in the rear parking lot.

If you have bikes to donate,  please e-mail Leighann at leighann.kimber@gmail.com to discuss any arrangements.

 

Bike essentials for beginners

Thinking about starting to bike, biking more often, or perhaps commuting by bike?  Did you just get a bike but aren’t sure what else you need?  Here are some helpful resources:

The folks at Gizmodo have tips for commuting:    Gear You Need To Commute By Bike

The folks at REI have tips for:

The folks at Bike New York have tips for:

Protecting your bike from theft

It has probably happened to you or someone you know: Having your bike stolen. It is not fun and it is just infuriating.  Although there is no guaranteed way to prevent your bike from getting stolen, there are ways to deter would be thieves from choosing your bike as their next target.  We found these articles to be very helpful:

 

Check back often to see what we are up to!

Ready for Season 4

 

If you want to get involved in the New Brunswick Bike Exchange there are a couple ways of doing so:

  • Organize and/or host a bike drive in your community, workplace, church, boy/girl scout troop, or other community and service oriented organizations. If you can put the word out to your community, we will provide support for the drive including brochures, fliers, and transportation to get the donated bikes back to our warehouse.
  • Volunteer in our shop, located in the warehouse at PRAB’s 90 Jersey Avenue facility. No mechanic experience is necessary and there are a variety of volunteer roles. We need cashiers, salespeople, accountants, mechanics, and bike drive coordinators.  Check out our Volunteering page for more details.

 

Have any more questions? Send us an email at info@nbbikeexchange.org and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can. If you want to host a bike drive, contact us at drives@nbbikeexchange.org.

PRAB is a Human Services Organization in Middlesex County, New Jersey that provides a comprehensive range of essential services for children, youth, families and senior citizens. For more information on PRAB, click their logo.

 

 

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Hope to see you around the shop!

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