Manchester United Methodist Church

Bike Rehab

A Bike Rehab volunteer in a yellow shirt looks through a bag on a worktable, surrounded by bikes being rehabbed.

Manchester UMC’s Bike Rehab is a group that receives bikes as donations, then cleans and repairs them.  They are donated to local charitable organizations, who distribute the “like-new” bikes.  Children and youth can experience the joy of riding, while adults have the option of using the bikes as transportation to and from their jobs.

Donation Information

To donate bikes, drop them off at the Bike House, 201 Creve Coeur Ave., Manchester, MO, outside the building. If you are unable to drop off your bikes, please email Dean Wilson.

Our Mission

The mission of Bike Rehab is to collect, recondition and distribute bikes to mission agencies and/or individuals. In the process, we foster lasting relationships and community amongst participants.

Our History

You never know how a ministry will be born. This ministry was not envisioned and developed by a group of bike riders and enthusiasts, but by a group who prepared breakfast each month for individuals joining our church.  It started with “Let’s put our small change in a coffee can each month and at the end of the year buy a bike for charity”.  Two months later it was “Do you suppose we could collect some used bikes, fix them up, and give them to LifeWise STL” – (a partner organization in St. Louis inner city).  Within three months, 60 bikes had been donated to the agency. Since our start in the year 2000, over 7,000 bikes have been shared with agencies, groups and individuals.

How It Works

Notices in our church bulletin notify church members that bikes are needed for Bike Rehab and the contact person for making a donation.  Local bike shops post information about Bike Rehab and who to contact to make a donation.  Some bike shops will allow trade in allowances on the purchase of a new bike; then donate the trade-in bike to us.  We send the donor a letter to acknowledge the donation to a  non-profit organization that can be used for tax purposes.

Donated bikes are evaluated to determine if the bike can be rehabbed to an excellent condition within the limits of financial investment and time involvement that the ministry is willing to invest. Bikes that do not qualify to be rehabbed are used for parts.

Each usable bike is “logged in” and tagged with an itemized check list to identify the make, model, type, tire size, and any other feature of the bike that may need to be repaired or adjusted. The bike is cleaned and scheduled for rehab days when volunteers gather in mass to work. Parts and supplies are gathered for bikes that are to be rehabbed.

Our ministry is a dealer which allows us to purchase parts and tools directly from wholesalers.  All of the Bike Rehab workers are 100% unpaid, volunteers who enjoy bringing miles of smiles to people in need through bikes.

Financial Support

The success of the ministry is largely dependent upon available financing. The ministry’s primary fundraiser is to provide food service for our church’s 4th of July community fireworks display.

Frequently, bikes in “like new” condition are donated that can be sold to help finance the ministry.  Some members of our ministry watch for bikes that would be of interest to collectors and list them on eBay.

The average cost to rehab a bike is $26.00, which includes a $9.00 helmet. Other expenses include tools, bike stands, replacement parts, and cleaning supplies.

Bicycle Recycle Art

Beginning in July 2017, some creative volunteers began to use parts from retired bicycles to make lamps, bicycle hangers, bike racks, and colorful yard sculptures.  Anyone can take a piece of this fun art home for a suggested donation to Bike Rehab . There is always room for more creativity, so join us to create bike art by emailing Alison Gaffney.

Work with Us

Bike Rehab works weekly:

  • Monday Evenings – 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Thursday Mornings – 8 a.m. to Noon

Bike Rehab also schedules rehab work days each year in January, April, September, and October.  Forty to fifty volunteers meet to complete the various tasks to rehab a group of bikes.

  • October 25-26, 2019
  • January 24-25, 2020
  • April 17-18, 2020
  • September 11-12, 2020

Bike Rehab is closed on major holidays.  Please check the ‘What’s Happening’ page on this website for any closings due to inclement weather.

Rehabbing tasks include replacing tires, tubes, grips, brake pads, cables, cable housing, reflectors, seats, pedals, and kick stands.  Each bike is cleaned and polished to enhance its appearance and prepare it for extended service to a joyful recipient.

At the conclusion of each rehab day, most bikes are transported to our major recipient, LifeWise STL. Here the bikes and helmets are systematically distributed to selected children and their families.

Service Hour Opportunities

If you or someone you know is in need of service hour opportunities, please email Autumn Dennis. Many organizations accept volunteer service hours completed with Bike Rehab.

Contact Information

Learn More

Read our article — How to Start a Bicycle Rehab Ministry

Meet Rev. Jim Peich

Dear Manchester Friends:

I am thrilled to introduce our new Pastor of Faith Formation, the Rev. Jim Peich.

As you can tell from his bio below, he has a warm history with our congregation and community. Additionally, Jim brings many gifts and talents to this important position. He is as excited to begin his ministry with us as we are to welcome him!

Jim will begin his work on September 30. Continue to hold him and his family in your love and prayers during this time of transition.

BIOGRAPHY – Pastor Jim Peich 

Pastor Jim Peich (pronounced “pike”) grew up in southern Wisconsin and graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Whitewater. After moving to Missouri in early 2000 to work at Edward Jones, Jim met and fell in love with Karen. The two were married at Manchester UMC in the fall of 2004.  Jim and Karen spent six years as active members of the MUMC faith community, where they served in a variety of roles including Staff Parish Relations, VBS, Grief Share, Marketing Team, Vision Council, Christian Leadership College, etc.

After struggling with infertility, Jim and Karen were blessed in 2007 with the birth of their son, Christian Peich. The couple enjoyed 12 precious weeks with Christian before he passed at St. Louis Children’s Hospital due to medical complications. It was during this difficult season of life that Jim and Karen experienced amazing love and support from family, friends and the people of Manchester UMC. It was this support and compassion that helped them begin the long journey toward healing and drew them even closer to Jesus Christ and his redeeming love. In 2008 and 2009, God grew the Peich family through the adoption of Lucas (now 8) and Samantha (now 7).

After relocating to O’Fallon, Missouri, Jim and Karen became active members of Morning Star UMC. In 2012, Jim answered God’s call to vocational ministry and enrolled in the Master of Divinity program at Asbury Theological Seminary. In 2013, Jim joined the staff of Morning Star and was appointed to be their Pastor of Faith Formation. In that capacity, Jim served on the Executive Team with oversight responsibility for children, youth, connections, baptism, membership, groups, discipleship, technology and more.

Before moving into vocational ministry, Jim worked 13 years in marketing and banking at Edward Jones. During that time, Jim also had the honor of representing Ward 3 as an elected Alderman in the City of Manchester. In addition, Jim has served in a variety of a roles within the Missouri Conference of The United Methodist Church, including the Communications Commission and District Mission Council. He has also been a presenter at Annual Conference, Compass Workshops, Candidacy Summits and other conference meetings.

In addition to spending time with his family and their chocolate lab, Peyton, Jim enjoys traveling, nature, music, grilling and antiquing. Karen is a Sr. Recruiter with Charter Spectrum and enjoys swimming, cooking, reading and antiquing. Their son, Lucas, loves to fish, swim and ride his bike. Their daughter, Samantha, enjoys swimming, dancing and gymnastics.