VISION

We envision a future where every child around the world has the opportunity to own their own bicycle in order to lead healthy active lifestyles into their adulthood.

MISSION

The mission of the Angel Wheels Bike Build programs is to strengthen communities through gifting of bicycles to children in order to promote healthy living in childhood and beyond.

OUTCOMES

A child is 65% less likely to be obese as an adult if they begin riding a bike before the age of 12. Our programs reach as many children as possible to insure more become healthy adults.

About Bikes for Tykes

Bikes for Tykes is a volunteer organization of professional, retired, and active community members. Our members have devoted their spare time to repair, refurbish and rebuild bicycles that have been donated, collected, discarded into beautiful new bicycles for children of all ages.

Would you enjoy spending time doing little things that make a great difference in children’s lives? This is it! We need skilled and non-skilled mechanics, we’ll even help train you. We are looking for volunteers to help pick up and deliver bicycles, clean the shop, organize inventory and so much more.

Bikes for Tykes History

Founded in 1987, in Naples, FL, Bikes for Tykes® was developed from the simple idea that any child with a bicycle on their Christmas wish list should receive that all empowering and memorable gift, even if their family cannot afford one. The first child to have his Christmas wish granted was Joshua, age 6. His name was on a paper angel at a local restaurant that was trying to help some local, underprivileged children have a Christmas they would not otherwise have. Joshua received his reconditioned bike and thus the Bikes for Tykes, Inc. program was born. Since then, close to 19,000 children in the Naples area has received a bright and shiny reconditioned bicycle.

At Bikes for Tykes Inc., in Naples, Florida, we sand away the old paint; then primer and repaint the bikes with the current popular colors. We strip the rust from old wheels, replace the old worn tires, pedals, grips and anything else which will make the bike safe and new looking again. BIKES FOR TYKES has become one of the truest forms of “recycling.”

Reactions from our Bike Builds

Remember your first bicycle?  That feeling of the wind in your face, the way it felt when you rode without training wheels the first time, how good it felt to ride with your friends.

There are children in your community who will never have that without your help.

When you do help, THIS is what it is like.  Watch the video!

Board of Directors, Bikes for Tykes:

Skip Riffle

President and Founder

Skip is the president and founder of Bikes for Tykes. He has donated thousands of bicycles to underprivileged children for the past 39 years. Skip has been a resident of Naples, FL for 52 years and a member of the Kiwanis Club for 38 years.

Dave Pascale

Vice President

Dave Pascale was the marketing director for First Energy Corporation for 43 years.

Bill Burton

Board Member

Retired Principal Engineer (27 years) for The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company.  Past President of Burton Automation Consultants. 43 years of Electrical Engineering experience in the Rubber, Steel, Water, and Power industries. Also has held positions as a Controls Manager, Engineering Manager, Project Engineer and Product Development Engineer.

Todd Pree

IT and Marketing

Todd is in charge of IT, web development and Marketing. He was with Amazon.com for six years and owned multiple IT and Marketing companies. Todd has 30 years of experience in IT, web development, e-commerce and marketing.

John Whipple

Board Member

John is a graduate of The University of Michigan and Wayne State University (Detroit). He has a BS and an MBA. He served as a industrial engineer and program manager at Chrysler Corp, Coopers & Lybrand, Timberland and Dell Industries. He is currently retired and has been a volunteer at Bikes for Tykes since 2015.

In Memory

Bikes for Tykes recognizes that every program, after a few years, has those very special volunteers that give of themselves to make our communities a little better. Upon the passing away of one of these special people, it is a loss to all.

Steve Sherman

Oct 1954 – July 2019

Robert G. Faist

April 1922 – July 2005

Dave Fulkerson

Feb 1927 – Aug 1996

Bill Wise

May 1919 – Aug 1997

Erik Nosera

July 1982 – Nov 1997

Sandra Tomlinson

Nov 1955 – June 1995