BIKEVETS is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to the mental, physical and emotional well-being of our military veterans. Serving veterans from all eras, we have assembled the
personnel and resources to provide a wellness program that provides the bikes and equipment to veterans to participate in our physically active and challenging bicycling regimen. Primarily
focusing on returning PTSD vets who need a physical and emotional outlet, this program provides a supervised, organized system of therapeutic events and activities for our members.
Additionally, ALL veterans from any era of service are included in what becomes a much needed fitness program alongside other vets who share in the camaraderie and team achievements many of them no longer enjoy as civilians. While providing a social venue for all veterans, it goes far beyond that as a legitimate therapeutic and wellness program.
We are not a "free bikes" program, as many believe when they approach us. We provide a top-quality mountain bike, Giant or Trek brand, a helmet, digital odometer and trunk rack. They are yours to keep and use as long as you are an active member of the club. That means attending the monthly meeting and at least one group ride a month. That part is easy, we have rides scheduled every week from April through September and we just ask that you make one each month and stay connected with the group.
Unlike some other veterans groups you see on TV, we are currently a small outfit with limited funding, operating two chapters in Central and Western Pennsylvania. Unfortunately, membership is currently restricted to those geographic areas, but as funding permits, we intend to expand our activities statewide and eventually build a national organization. If you feel we can start a chapter in your area with adequate funding and support, please contact us and let us know. Email our National HQ at the link above and make an inquiry.
Full details on membership benefits and requirements are available in our Membership Guide. You can download that, along with our application and custody agreement, in the Documents section of this website.
"The best bike racers, he knew, usually had deep inner demons that they were running away from. Bike racing was like chemotherapy of the soul, burning and cauterizing the bad thoughts." ~ from Wheelmen, Gotham Books, 2013, referring to Eddie Borysewicz, trainer to 3-time Tour de France winner Greg Lemond.