At Rückenwind, Berliners and refugees repair bicycles together.

Bikes for refugees

It's really simple: refugees in need of a bike will contact us.
Little by little we'll invite them to our workshop, choose a suitable bike for them among the donated ones, and repair it together. To do this, our workshop is open on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

We are happy to help you!
Please sign up to our waiting list and we will set up an appointment for you in our workshop. Since many refugees are waiting for a bike, this can unfortunately take up to three months.

Do you feel like working with us and have the time? Excellent! We look forward to volunteer mechanics who want to get bikes into shape with us. Experience repairing bicycles is a plus, but not required.

You are very welcome to donate your bike by bringing it to the workshop at Lenaustraße 3 from Monday to Wednesday and on Friday, between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. We will accept bikes at irregular intervals.



Our goals


Only those who are mobile can find their way around new surroundings easily, visit new friends and thus arrive. With their own bike, refugees can move around Berlin independently, environmentally friendly and free of charge.


Simply handing out bicycles to refugees is not enough for us, we want to bring Berliners and refugees together. When we screw things together and at our events, we break down prejudices and create a community around bicycles.


Our bikes are recycled since we assemble them from used spare parts and frames. In this way we create sustainable mobility and inspire many people to use the most environmentally friendly means of transport.


What we have accomplished so far






Action days


Self-Repair Workshop

In unserer Selbsthilfewerkstatt helfen wir dir dein Fahrrad zu reparieren. Menschen mit und ohne Fluchterfahrung schrauben bei uns Seite an Seite.

opening hours

Jeden Freitagnachmittag am Fahrrad-Container auf dem Tempelhofer Feld (Eingang Boddinstraße)

Jeden ersten Sonntag im Monat im Technik Museum Berlin

That's how it works

Unter dem Motto Hilfe zur Selbsthilfe unterstützen wir dich bei kleinen oder mittelgroßen Reparaturen. Bei offenen Fragen helfen dir von uns ausgebildete Geflüchtete und unsere Schrauber*innen gerne. Den Großteil unserer Ersatzteile recyceln wir aus gebrauchten Rädern, die wir meist gegen eine kleine Gebühr weitergeben. Sollte einmal etwas an Neuteilen fehlen, ist der nächste Fahrradladen nicht weit entfernt.



Support us

Would you like to join us? Do you still have a bike, a lock, lighting or a helmet? Or would you like to support us financially? We are just as happy about active support as we are about donations in things and money. Here's the best way to do it.

Donate a bike

You are very welcome to bring your bike donation to the workshop at Lenaustraße 3, from Monday to Wednesday and Friday between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. We'll pick up bikes at irregular intervals. You can register the donation here.

Donate money

In order to repair bicycles, we need tools and accessories, among other things. Unfortunately, this is not cheap, which is why we are very happy about monetary donations. If you would like to support us financially, just click here.

Become a sponsoring member

Regular donations help us a lot to keep our workshop operations up and running in a predictable manner. For this reason, we are grateful to our sponsoring members. A sponsoring membership starts at 60 euros per year. Naturally, we don't mind if it's more.

Want to help too?

If you want to help along side our community of dedicated volunteers; great! We are always looking for people with bike skills, or any other unique skills. Send us an email with a bit about yourself to and we'll get back to you with information about our next introduction session 🙂
We are looking forward to being in contact with you! .

Join the group

Do you want to organize events and trips, design flyers or collect donation bikes? Do you have other ideas or skills that you would like to contribute with? There is always a lot to do here and we are happy about everyone who helps us.
Write to us, we are looking forward to hearing from you!

Start a bike hub

Our cellar is bursting at the seams and our workshop in Neukölln is too far for many bike donors. If you still have space in your basement or know another place where we can store donation bikes, please contact us..


About Rückenwind

Rückenwind ist ein gemeinnütziger, eingetragener Verein – Wir sind Ehrenamtliche aus Berlin und dem Rest der Welt, die gemeinsam in Neukölln Fahrräder reparieren. Unser Ziel ist es, Menschen die nach Berlin flüchten mussten mit Fahrrädern mobil zu machen, ihnen eine Beschäftigung zu bieten und sie mit Berlinern zusammenzubringen.

In our workshop in Neukölln, refugees and Berliners work together on bicycles and get to know each other. Experience as a mechanic or German knowledge is not required, everyone is welcome with us. We are also very happy to receive active or financial support as well as donations in things.

Our story in pictures

  • Jan. 8, 2015 - The founding

    7 young students found Rückenwind in their shared kitchen.

More about us

We have the big goal of building a community around bikes. We have already received awards for our results so far. In order to achieve this goal, there are still many integrative events organized by and with us.

bike tours

Whether leisurely to the Wannsee or sportively at the Velothon, riding a bike is fun and brings people with or without refugee experience together.


At our mechanics-events, parties and at the summer festival, people with or without refugee experience come together.


We were welcomed by the Federal Chancellor Dr. Merkel and the Berlin Senate for our activities.


Friends and partners

Over time we have worked with a lot of great people, organizations and companies. We received support and implemented joint projects. At this point we want to thank everyone for existing and for past collaborations.

You can find us here

Our workshop is located at Lenaustraße 3, 12047, Berlin (in Neukölln). You can find us in the right side of the building of Refugio, an intercultural project house of the Berliner Stadtmission. Just ring the bell during our opening hours at the workshop and we will open the door for you!