Freewheelin’ Community Bikes connects youth with skills for life over a shared passion for the bicycle. We envision a stronger, healthier, more connected city.

​One bike, One youth, One relationship at a time… ​we are transforming Indianapolis into a city where bikes provide access to better lives.

Core Beliefs

Freewheelin’ believes in:
  • The worth and gifts of each person to enrich the world
  • Bicycling as accessible transportation for recreation, employment, and healthy living;
  • The importance of positive youth/adult mentorship;
  • Empowering youth as leaders who give back to their communities;
  • Lifelong learning, resiliency and persistence;
  • Positive neighborhood and community connections;
  • Making bicycling accessible and affordable; and,
  • Being welcoming to people of all backgrounds, abilities, and incomes.

Our Staff

Elle Hernly

Director of Program Management
Elle graduated from IUPUI in 2015 with a degree in Anthropology, an experience that shaped her life and understanding of community and culture. An Indianapolis native, Elle grew to love the city and discover the beauty it held. Her interest in cycling as a commuter led her to the doors of Freewheelin’ and she never looked back. After volunteering with the organization for almost two years, Elle is now bringing her enthusiasm, loyalty, and empathy to the programs that serve the Mapleton-Fall Creek community and beyond.

Bill Rowe

Director of Retail Operations
Bill brings more than 20 years of bicycle industry experience to the Freewheelin’ community bikes team. A life-long mountain biker and BMX enthusiast, Bill has experience in all areas of a bike shop from service to sales. Bill is both PBMA and Bosch certified, and is excited to be able to introduce our youth to the wonderful machine known as the bicycle!

Tyre’k Swanigan

YEET Program Coordinator
Tyre’k was an apprentice for Freewheelin’ Community Bikes in 2016 and is thrilled to be returning to Freewheelin’ as the Youth Education and Employment Training (YEET) Coordinator. He is super excited to be working with the youth. Tyrek is currently enrolled at Ivy Tech Community College (Tsap program) and is studying social work. Tyrek will be attending IUPUI next year to obtain his Bachelor’s Social work Degree and Master Social Work Degree. Tyrek had experience in Behavior support, youth employment and professional development. Outside of work, Tyrek loves reading and cooking.

Julian Acosta

Bicycle Training Coordinator

Having been bike courier for 3 years, Julian is excited to add a unique perspective to the Freewheelin’ Community Bikes team, with his hard-earned, off-the-cuff wisdom about all things bike mechanics and his hardcore road-safety experience.  Julian isn’t the most conventional choice as Bicycle Training Coordinator, but who better to plan and lead our community rides than someone who breathes in the city air every morning with his coffee and feels the heartbeat of the streets every time he clips into his fixed geared bike. When Julian isn’t tinkering around the back shop of Freewheelin’ or certifiably crushing it on his fixie on the streets of downtown Indy, you’ll be sure to find him setting speed records on his road bike.

Caleb Chastain

Bike Mechanic Instructor

Caleb is a local freelance artist/ graphic designer and a wild, fun guy. He started working with our education program at Freewheelin’ in the summer of 2020. With five years of previous experience working as an educator and mentor in the special needs field, Caleb is excited to help instruct Freewheelin’ apron classes with our local partner, Damar. Head to toe, standing taller than Michael Jordan and with a full head of bright red hair, he’s hard to miss. If you see him around, be sure to say hey!

Quinn Semsprott

Bike Mechanic
Quinn completed Freewheelin’s Earn a Bike in 2015 and continued developing his skills through Open Shop programming. Soon after he applied for and became a Freehweelin’ Apprentice. Quinn worked diligently to increase his skills and ultimately was hired to be a Mechanic in our Retail Shop. As a valued member of our staff, Quinn contributes to continuously improving our workflow and our customers experience. 

Diego Espinosa

Bike Mechanic

Diego graduated from IUPUI in May of 2020 with a degree in Psychology. He has lived in Indianapolis for the past 6 years and is passionate about environmental issues, bicycles, and the welfare of all people. Diego brings 8+ years of mechanical aptitude beginning with working on watches at jewelry stores and has worked on his bikes for more than 5 years. A native to Mexico, Diego offers service  to the Latino community.  Diego comes to us from the hospitality field and is proficient with customer service. When not at work, Diego enjoys to play video games, cook, and organize!

John Tanner

Bike Mechanic

John’s story and photo will be posted here shortly.

Miles Cumbay

Apprentice Bike Mechanic

Miles is currently a sophomore at Herron High School.  He joined the apprentice program because he wanted to make a difference in others’ lives and learn more about working on bikes.  In his spare time, Miles enjoys skateboarding – and building bikes is such a great way to scratch that itch.

D’Khylan Pointer

Apprentice Bike Mechanic

D’Khylan is currently a Senior at Riverside High School with an anticipated graduation date of 2021.  D’Khylan joined the apprenticeship program to gain more experience in software management and customer service.  On his off-time, he enjoys riding his bike to find potholes before returning to work the next day.

Duke Barden

Apprentice Bike Mechanic

Duke is currently a Junior at Herron High School with an anticipated graduation date of 2022.  Duke joined the apprenticeship program to gain more experience in working on bikes, and serving our community.  During Duke’s off-time, he like working on custom bikes, and relaxing with his family.

Brooklyn Holland

Apprentice Bike Mechanic

Brooklyn’s story will be posted here shortly!

Our Board of Directors

Chuck Okenfuss
Board Chair/Interim Executive Director

Susan Kessler
Vice Chair

Eric McNamar

John Mead

Robert Karnak

Kodi Akins

Miles Johnson

Helen Colby

Mary Dicken

James Malone