Free bike depot empowering people to get moving, and give back


Since the free bike depot started, 400 bikes have been given away to kids and adults alike. It doesn’t matter where you live or what you do, there are no questions asked. 

Founder John Warnick wants everyone to leave with a new ride, and a new sense of generosity.

“There’s not a garage in Wheeling or in the united states that doesn’t have bikes that are sitting around unused,” said Warnick, Founder of the Free Bike Depot.

His mission started by giving one bike to a homeless man. Today he has hundreds of bikes waiting for people who need them.

“How was I to know that a bicycle would be something that would be a mighty vehicle for change in people’s lives in this community and beyond,” said Warnick.

John said the depot is a community effort, this morning a bike was sitting there donated, churches and bike shops give what they can.

The people who come to the depot, pass on the giving. Like Dave Will Posey of Moundsville, who stopped by this morning just to chat, and is now going to help out.

“Take the bikes and rebuild them, I got tools at home. Yeah, it’s wonderful, get the bikes out running you know what I mean, get them to people that need them, help them out,” said Posey.

“And they tell their friends, they have a wheel down there, they’ll have a helmet, they’ll have whatever it can be,” said Warnick.

The shop was flipped by John’s son Max and his Boy Scout Troop 6. Inside you’ll find tires, pedals, handle bars, and brakes being put together not only to help people get around the city, but get connected to it too.

“I get to go through the satisfaction that I’ve actually through this ministry, someone has been empowered to do something with their hands, heart, mind, and soul,” said Warnick.

John said he always needs tool donations and of course bikes and all parts. You can give or get any and all bikes and parts by just dropping it off by the bench or the side entrance from the parking lot.

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