Wheels4Life – Providing Low Cost Quality Bikes for Third World Countries

Crank Brothers Hospitality Night Fundraiser


Laguna Beach, Dec.07 

As may of you know, the town of laguna beach annually holds an event called “hospitality night” right around this time of year.  during this evening, santa rides into town on a fire engine (just like in the dickens poem) and then there is a tree-lighting ceremony followed by parents drinking wine and shopping in the local shops.   see http://www.lagunabeachchamber.org/ for the town’s invite and see the xmas card attached here as well.

this year, on Dec. 7th 2007, we’ve decided to hold an open house at our offices right in the center of the village and invite all of you to come and join us.  we will have food and drinks, movies and crafts for the kids and a nice, holiday social atmosphere for all.  we encourage you to bring the kids to town, see santa and come to our offices at 310 broadway to join us.  

as this is the time ...


Crank Brothers Check Presentation


 Las Vegas, Sept. 25th 2007

Andrew Herrick from Crank Bros. Inc. presented today a check of US$ 10,000.- to Wheels 4 Life for the limited edition W4L pedals, Crank Bros had launched 1 year ago.

The 1000 pairs of rasta colored 50/50 pedals were in hot demand and not only sold quickly but also raised much funds and awareness for Wheels 4 Life.

Hans Rey, who accepted the check on behalf of Wheels 4 Life, said that this promotion was extremely successful and that other companies have started or working on plans to launch also W4L related bicycle products, with royalities benefiting W4L.

Big thanks to all the folks at Crank Brothers Inc, and all the people who supported this promotion by buying a pair of pedals. 



Photo courtesy of Sven Martin 


Bike Recipients from Kenya


SET APART KENYA – Bicycles Report.

Helping Children, Youth, Women, Self Help and Community Projects

Dear Hans,
Receive greetings from Kenya. First I would like to apologize for the delay of the report this is because I have been involved in other activities in my place of work.
On behalf of the Set Apart Kenya I will like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank you for the donation of $1000.00 that enabled us to buy 15 bicycles. Wheels4 for Life has indeed made a difference in the lives of the people here in Kenya.

The following is a short report from the distribution of bicycles in a rural village of Nyamusi Division, Nyamira District. I was able to personally deliver the 7 bicycles to the Omokia Self help group which is a local community based organization helping to uplift the lives in the village.

I will send you another report after distributing the next remaining eight bicycles
The following ...


24h of Finale Ligure presents check to W4L


Eurobike, Friedrichshafen, Germany

Sept. 2, 2007

Marco Marchese from the organizers of the 24hours race of Finale Ligure, Italy; presented Hans Rey a check for Wheels 4 Life over Euro 1017.-

The money was raised during a fundraiser at the famous 24hour mountain bike race of Finale Ligure.

- The 24H of Finale, since 1999, has always promoted the “fun” side of mountain bike, gathering for ride with your friends, barbeque, cold beers, music, shows, party along the 7 km course, in one of the most beautiful mountain bike spot in Europe.
- First Hans Rey partecipation to the 24h of Finale was in 99, year of the induction in the MBHOF held in Finale, where he did one of the best trial show we’ve ever seen.
- Hans return in 2006 was the base for this year cooperation with W4L
- For 2007 edition the “12 Fun Team” caregory has  been introduced, dedicated to all riders who wanted to take part to the event ...


Chris King launches W4L headset


Chris King Precision Components To Support Hans Rey’s Wheels4Life with Second Special Edition Component Series
Portland, OR, August 31, 2007 – Chris King® Precision Components is partnering with Wheels4Life in the promotion of a special edition component series based on the Chris King DreadSet™. The new series will reflect similar efforts taken by the company to promote the Pretty and Strong special edition pink component series in support of breast cancer research since 2004.
Wheels4Life is a non-profit charity that provides new bicycles at no cost to people in need around the world. Hans Rey, founder of Wheels4Life, chose the colors red, gold, black and green to represent this new organization and began using the Chris King DreadSet on his Team GT® bicycles. As Hans is among the company’s longest running sponsorship athletes, Chris and the team at Chris King were eager to create a permanent program in support of Hans’ Wheels4Life efforts.
“Hans understands the important role of the ...


Fox Racing Shox Raffle


Fox Racing Shox and Toxoholic’s have raised $ 550.- at Eurobike tradeshow in Germany by selling raffle tickets to win a Fox Float fork.

The winner was Sebastian Trautner from Uhldingen-Mühlhofen, Germany 

Congradulations to the winner and thanks to our friends from Fox Shox

Photo: Hans Rey holding up the Fox fork that was raffled. 



Village Project


We are currently working on our Village Project. We might have found the perfect village/valley in Tanzania to launch this 2 year test project. Part of this project is to document by photo and video what an impact bicycles will have on this one community over a period of 2 years. The low budget film/ documentary shall support our mission in getting more bikes to people in Third World countries to get them mobile and to help them become more independant. One of our missions will be to use this film and the results to show to other foundations and help organisations to invest more of their funds towards bikes, since they can have such a great impact on communities and individuals.

In January 2008 a small team from Wheels 4 Life, will visit the area in Tanzania to get the project started. Our staff/volunteers will go there on their own time and dime. We have found not only ...


UN Equator Initiative


Wheels 4 Life is working on a partnership with the Equator Initiative, a project of the UNITED NATIONS Development Programme (www.undp.org) and other partners (www.equatorinitiative.org).

The United Nations Development Programme Equator Initiative team will help us identify communities along the equator where bicycles are needed. These communities have been acknowledged by the UNDP Equator Initiative (http://www.undp.org/equatorinitiative/index.htm), a partnership for sustainable communities in the tropics.

More news and developments will be posted soon.

June 8th 2007

Our Equator Initiative program with the United Nations is working out well. We have already authorized the first 20 bicycles in Nigeria and 10 bicycles in Zimbabwe. Other projects are pending for the Philippines, Tanzania and India.

This week the new Equator Prize finalists were announced in Berlin. 


Ride 4 Life Freeride Camp @ 24h race in Finale Ligure, Italy


Wheels 4 Life is an official partner of the 24h Mountain Bike Race in Finale Ligure, Italy from May 18. - 20. 2007

In the days prior to the festival, Hans Rey will host the “Ride 4 Life” - Freeride Camp in Calizzano (http://www.legiaire.it); which will benefit W4L.

For more info check out: www.24hfinale.com


The Members Project by AX


Wheels 4 Life has been approved by American Express (AX) promotion, “The Members Project”.

Out of all submissions for charitable projects the top 50 projects will be selected and supported by AX on July 3rd.

Our project is listed under the title: “Give A Bike - Change A Life”, Project ID: 06827 


 more info at: www.membersproject.com