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'Bicycle Man' gives away early presents in Fayetteville

Posted December 22, 2011

— In his 21st year as Fayetteville's "Bicycle Man," Moses Mathis gave away 1,102 bicycles to children in the area. 

Mathis, 73, accepts donated bikes throughout the year and then restores them to give to children whose families cannot afford to buy a bicycle.

Moses Mathis Bicycle man gives needy kids a lift

Daniel Steele, 11, said he was hoping to get a BMX bike. 

"I'm looking to go off-road," Daniel said. 

Na'Kaya Ray wanted to get a pink princess bike. 

Mathis is operating out of his fourth location in the last five years. This year, he gave away bikes from his warehouse at 4428 Bragg Blvd. The area does not have a lot of parking nearby. 

"I'm very, very tired, so I'm hoping I can get a permanent place where I can continue my work," Mathis said. 

Mathis will be operating out of the Bragg Boulevard workshop until New Year's Day. He said the owner offered to lease the space to him all next year, but Mathis doesn't have enough money. 

"I'm hoping somebody who has a good heart will give me a permanent place," he said. 

Mathis set a record in 2009 when he gave away more than 1,200 bikes.


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  • Kelondris Dec 23, 9:26 a.m.

    I agree ncpilot2, if only our elected officials would take lessons from this beautiful, kind-hearted, humble soul! I love hearing about him every year and think his story should be at the top of the page. He has earned it! There aren't many that have that kind of dedication out there and I am proud that he still supports what the American dream truly is! Keep loving those bikes and children!! We love you "Bicycle Man"!!

  • RWS Dec 23, 8:44 a.m.

    This is so great! Much better than giving to the Salvation Army. Please don't give your money to that organization or people that raise money/items for them.

  • Strawberry Letter 23 Beth Wilson Dec 22, 7:56 p.m.

    This is such a good man! I love stories like this.


  • eoglane Dec 22, 7:09 p.m.

    Outstanding man working for God, If I offended you by the word GOD, o well, i do not care. Wish I could find a building for him to use, a permanent place.

  • bohica2 Dec 22, 7:03 p.m.

    The bicycleman link has a link for donations. I just donated and it takes less than a minute. While prayers for blessings are (I'm sure) appreciated. Let's all kick in and make it so this man can continue his good works with access to the warehouse/workshop space he needs.

  • same ole story Dec 22, 5:39 p.m.

    Finally a positive story from the black community. Keep going strong sir you deserve it. Thank you for being a shinig light for that community!!!!!!!!

  • freedom monkey Dec 22, 4:29 p.m.

    I remember this guy from when I was a kid growing up in Fayetteville. He does this every year. His support level grows every year. He represents what America used to be.

  • Pseudonym Dec 22, 4:27 p.m.

    Quote from wakemom: "a very nice touching story of a man and only 18 comments. smh.."

    I'm smh too. Also have you noticed that the people who come on here to bicker and complain are strangely absent?

    Anyway, God bless Mr. Mathis and may his work continue for many years.

  • victoriapbeck2 Dec 22, 4:24 p.m.

    If I had access to a place, I'd give it to him! Mr. Moses, thank you for being God's angel. You've certainly earned your place in heaven and are living proof that the spirit of Christmas still exists in this world of turmoil.

  • Hammerhead Dec 22, 4:21 p.m.


    This is a good man doing good things. The link above sends you to his website where you can donate money and old bikes."

    He's probably take old bike parts too.