In addition to bikes, money and time there are other things you can contribute to make a difference in the South.
Bicycle parts, accessories and tools
In each container of bikes shipped South we also include parts and accessories to ensure their long-term maintenance. Things we might throw away here can still be used elsewhere, for example, inner tubes can be repaired over and over again with patches, a crooked wheel can be straightened, etc. Already, more than twenty local bike shops in the Montreal area contribute extra parts. You can too with our Bike parts donation program.
Portable sewing machines
Sewing machines fit neatly into a container, between two bikes. They can also be very useful in everyday life, and even generate income. For example in Haiti at Bluehill, near Cap Haitien, the Sisters of the Holy Cross give sewing courses, a project created in part with sewing machines supplied by Cyclo Nord-Sud. Students trained in sewing skills stand a better chance of getting jobs.
//Bike parts donation program
More than 20 generous bike shops in the Montreal area regularly supply Cyclo North-South with parts, accessories and tools to maintain bikes going south. These items ensure the ongoing maintenance of bikes sent to the south, and even more: a tire pump is essential in isolated areas; a baggage rack transforms an ordinary bike into a cargo carrying vehicle; fenders make all the difference in the rainy season. Thanks to affiliated shops, our southern partners receive containers overflowing with bikes and the additional valuable extras.