Community Programs Queers & Gears

Our Queers & Gears program empowers the LGBTQ+ community by providing a safe space to gather, ride, and explore

Queers & Gears is an affinity group for the LGBTQ+ community in partnership with the Hellbenders Collective, a community to inspire, encourage and support women and gender-diverse cyclists to explore bikepacking and adventure cycling in PA.

Our intent is to provide a space for folks to come together to learn about their bikes and find joy in the great outdoors. Goals of Queers & Gears include quarterly supported bike camping trips, meetings, rides, and finally, the building and managing of South Central PA’s first Gear Library. This program benefits youth and adults seeking access to the outdoors.



What is a Gear Library?




A Gear Library provides access to low-cost and subsidized camping gear for bicycles and on foot campers alike. Folks are able to rent everything from tents, hammocks, and rain gear, to cooking supplies and bags creating opportunity to benefit from the health benefits of the great outdoors. The Common Wheel will manage all aspects of the Gear Library, including storage, cleaning, and lending. Eventually, we hope to partner with other organizations to offer even more items to create access to our beautiful rivers and creeks!

According to the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, spending time in nature has been shown to improve both physical and mental health, however, we know that LGBTQ+ communities face barriers to accessing the great outdoors. We are on a mission to change that!

Click here to see how you can help make our Gear Library a reality!

Bike Community Center & Shop

324 N. Queen Street, Lancaster, PA 17603
717-461-3386 x1

Tuesday 10 AM - 6 PM
Wednesday 10 AM - 6 PM
Thursday 10 AM - 6 PM
Friday 10 AM - 6 PM
Saturday 11 PM - 5 PM



Bicycle Co-Op & Donation Center

701 E. King Street, Lancaster, PA 17602
717-461-3386 x2


Tuesday 12 PM - 4 PM
Thursday 12 PM - 4 PM
Friday 12 PM - 6 PM
Saturday 12 PM - 4 PM



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The Common Wheel is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Organization. We rely on the generosity of the community we serve to better the community as a whole through the power of bikes. Any and all donations that directly support our mission are tax deductible, and we can always provide you with the correct documentation.