If you’re like us, you have a closet full of old cycling kits that you’re not using anymore – they’re probably taking up precious room in a drawer or closet somewhere. Ever think your significant other would love to reclaim that space? Or maybe you’ve embraced minimalism and are living a spartan life of less (but still, inexplicably, you’re holding onto your 4+ bikes…actually we respect that). Maybe that drawer full of old jersey’s is Fluffy The Feline’s favorite hangout – which means even on the off chance that you do actually wear something from your old kit, you’ll be laughed at for A) having cat hair all over it and B) having a cat in the first place.
Hipsters At DI
The logical step is to drop that load off at Goodwill – and that’s not a bad idea for getting stuff to folks in need, except that last time we checked there weren’t a lot of needy cyclists hanging out at DI waiting for fresh jerseys to come in while eying the rollerblades (so awkwardly tempting – like that 99 cent Will Smith CD you found). You want you’re used tech gear to get in the hands of people that will truly appreciate it. Cycling gear is expensive! Why not make sure your used gear lives a second life with peeps who are stoked on riding and will use the stuff like it was meant to be used?
Well friends, we here at Contender have the perfect solution…
Clean Out Your Cycling Closet, Bring It To Contender, Donate It To Kit Up Africa
Since it’s the season for giving and we know a lot of you need to make room for all the new garb you’re gonna rake in, we thought we’d team up with a little outfit called Kit Up Africa, an organization that delivers donated cycling kits, clothing and shoes to cyclists in Africa who love to ride just as much as we do. It’s a great way to support cyclists and racers that truly need good gear in a growing bike community half a world away! Check them out on Facebook.
The Backbone Of KUA – Adam Austin
For just setting up his nonprofit this past January, Adam Austin, KUA’s founder, has already made a huge contribution of clothing. Adam is an avid cyclist with roots in and around the Los Angeles area. He’s a long time racer who decided that he could piggyback his idea of donating used gear onto the already awesome efforts of Mike’s Bikes Foundation, which, since 2007, has collected and shipped donated bikes from California and distributed them throughout Africa. It’s an impressive bit of cycling centric philanthropy for sure; one that truly makes an immediate impact.
We’re extremely proud to partner up with Adam and Kit Up Africa for the Holidays. And we’re excited to see our donations deliver indispensable, functional gear to contenders and podium dreamers, just like us, a continent away.
Kit Up Africa is a non profit organization to get used cycling kits (and clothes) to the growing cycling community in Africa
So, Here’s How It Works
For the entire month of December, bring in an old jersey for donation and get 20% off a new jersey.
Bring in an old pair of bibs and get 20% new bibs.
The same goes for shoes, jackets, arm warmers, gloves, etc. – really anything you think is donation worthy and not full of holes or road rash rips.
We won’t be accepting old helmets, however.
Basically, we’re doing a donate like-for-like deal. Whatever you bring in to donate, you’ll get 20% off a matching piece. Pretty simple? We think so.
We’d also be amiss if we didn’t say that everything should probably be laundered and not freshly pulled from your race-day bag that hasn’t been opened since the RMR crit season ended.
Let’s Kit Up Africa, Contender!
What an excellent way to make sure your old kits, cycling gear and cycling shoes go to folks who will not only appreciate it, but use it!
Let’s show Kit Up Africa how generous Contender Bicycles is. Like them on Facebook, look for us as one of KUA’s partners on their website and, most importantly, drop your donations off in our bin here at the shop!
And Happy Holidays!