Build-A-Bike Team Building Activity

The Original Build-A-Bike ® Team Building Event! Build-A-Bike ® is still the most popular Bicycle Team Activity in the world! This was the first charity team activity, and it started an entire industry.

Over $4 Million worth of bikes have been donated to children in cities all over the world. In addition, this program generates more five-star reviews from participants than any other.

Build-A-Bike ® Is Much More Than Just a Charity Bike Build!

Bike build team building is what we do best. There is absolutely no better way to get a group of people engaged, enthused, and energized.

“Wait… How can building bicycles be fun and engaging? Isn’t that just manual labor?”

The bicycle build is just a small part of the Build-A-Bike team building event. What makes our charity bike build so special is that we create an energetic and competitive shared-experience. Then, we end by donating those bikes to kids from a children’s charity. It is the experience that makes the event fun.

This Team Activity Is The Best Way to Get 5-Star Reviews from Your Group.

Jeanne Talbot, “This event was the highlight of our marketing kickoff. Our team members were beaming with pride in the work we did together that was supportive of the local community. Having the four kids there to get their bikes and celebrate with us was just over the top. The instructor was fantastic. The team loved his sense of humor and engagement with the team. We would definitely turn to you and your team for future similar activities!”

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“This was truly an amazing event! We could not have asked for a better event regarding team building! Thank you!”

-Christine Willer of Carhartt

“The facilitator was excellent! This client was a bit of a challenge and she was flexible with the flow of the event and ran her interaction with the volunteers in a fun and interactive way. Everyone had an excellent time and we couldn’t be more pleased with how it went.”

-Kristen McConnell of Business Volunteers Maryland

“The experience was terrific and the facilitation was excellent.”

-Rick Mirabile of Richard Mirabile, PHD

“Our facilitators are amazing! Thanks to them for making our day a huge success! I hope the kids loved the bikes and can’t wait to do more giving back in the future.”

-Suzanne Hetrick of Perimeterx

“BAB was a huge hit with our group! What a fun time for a worthy cause. We also sent out a survey post meeting and responses were positive that we are planning to do the food drive event next year. Huge shout out to our TLI Rep, she was amazing!”

-Kim Ayers of Insurance Designers of America

“The facilitator was great, and the event was a huge success.”

-Kim Sweeney of Redbox

“Awesome! Such a great feel-good activity. Highly recommend!”

-Kasey Plourde of Harvest Moon Events

“This was truly an amazing event! We could not have asked for a better event regarding team building! Thank you!”

-Christine Willer of Carhartt

“The facilitator was excellent! This client was a bit of a challenge and she was flexible with the flow of the event and ran her interaction with the volunteers in a fun and interactive way. Everyone had an excellent time and we couldn’t be more pleased with how it went.”

-Kristen McConnell of Business Volunteers Maryland

“The experience was terrific and the facilitation was excellent.”

-Rick Mirabile of Richard Mirabile, PHD

“Our facilitators are amazing! Thanks to them for making our day a huge success! I hope the kids loved the bikes and can’t wait to do more giving back in the future.”

-Suzanne Hetrick of Perimeterx

“BAB was a huge hit with our group! What a fun time for a worthy cause. We also sent out a survey post meeting and responses were positive that we are planning to do the food drive event next year. Huge shout out to our TLI Rep, she was amazing!”

-Kim Ayers of Insurance Designers of America

“The facilitator was great, and the event was a huge success.”

-Kim Sweeney of Redbox

“Awesome! Such a great feel-good activity. Highly recommend!”

-Kasey Plourde of Harvest Moon Events

  • Warm-Up Icebreaker (~ 10 min.) – This is a quick transition that gets the group ready to play. It also allows for late arrivers to not miss any of the important Build-A-Bike ® team building activities.
  • Divide the Group into Teams (~ 10 min.) – The ideal group size is six to eight people per bicycle.
  • Team Forming (~ 20 min.) – Help the groups create a team identity and somewhat mislead them into thinking they are competing against the other teams.
  • Acquiring the Bike Parts (~ 40 min.) – Building bikes is just manual labor. So, it is important to challenges the new teams to work together to earn the parts. This increases satisfaction level and the feeling of accomplishment at the end of the event.
  • Charity Presentation (~ 15 min.) – If we can, it is always best to get the kids who will be receiving the bikes to attend the session. This adds an emotional ending!
  • Group SIze – 30 to 1000 people. The bigger the group, the more fun and energy this event has.
  • Venue – Indoor Session that is 25 ft2/person (175 ft2/bike) in size.
  • Time Frame – The ideal timeframe for a full team activity is 1.5 to 2 hours.
  • Setup Time – 1 to 2 hours. If setup time is short, we suggest acquiring a room/venue just for this event. (The bigger the group, the longer the setup time required.)
  • Takedown Time – Takedown is very quick. Most often, the charity will take the bikes with them, so this event is ideal as a finally.
  • * Build-A-Bike ® is not a great fit for outdoor venues. Temperature/weather can affect the satisfaction of participants dramatically. Also, nuts and washers can easily be lost in grass.

  • Groups Who Are “Siloed” – The activities in this event are a metaphor for the “Silo Effect.” So, if your group is separated by department, location, or function, and you want them to interact more efficiently, this event is ideal.
  • Competetive Teams.
  • Newly Formed Teams.
  • Groups Who Have a New Manager/Leader.
  • Teams Who Are Experiencing Change.
  • Groups Who Have Been in a Two-Day or Longer Meeting.
  • Companies or Organizations Who Want to Give Back to Their Community.

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