Back in September, I dropped in on SRAM headquarters in Chicago. While there, I was introduced to Chris Strout from World Bicycle Relief who walked me through their flavor of two-wheeled philanthropy.  While many bicycle foundations exist around the world, the World Bicycle Relief stands out as having some of the most successful long-term solutions to improving the quality of life for thousands of people in developing nations.

While we get our kicks riding bikes for fun, most people in the world use their bikes for critical transportation to and from work, school and as a cargo vehicle for selling goods. I felt humbled by the amazing work World Bicycle Relief is carrying out throughout the world as a bicycle can make the difference between health, happiness and a decent life or living a life of endless poverty.

What Can I Do?

Purchasing a complete bicycle costs a $134–a small price to pay for the quality-of-life it will provide to someone on the other side of the world. You don’t have to donate the full amount–every dollar counts! And, until December 31, a generous donor has agreed to match every donation. So, think outside of the commercialism this Christmas and consider donating to the World Bicycle Relief where $67 will be matched to provide a new bike to a smiling face in need.

The bottom line: Simple math yields huge benefits to thousands of wonderful people in need of two-wheeled transportation now through December 31.

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A native of the Pacific Northwest, Jason quickly developed a love for the outdoors and a thing for mountains. That infatuation continues as he founded this site in 1999 -- sharing his love of road biking, mountain biking, trail running and skiing. That passion is channeled into every article or gear review he writes. Utah's Wasatch Mountains are his playground.

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  1. In case you didn’t see this, Fat Cyclist just helped raise over $50k for World Bicycle Relief and Livestrong in a matter of 48 hours!

    So great to see so many people rallying for Fatty and the worthy causes of fighting cancer and enabling people with transportation. So great to see–especially this time of year!

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