Brilliant Byker Bike Ride

Last Saturday a squad of some of our regular shop visitors from Byker Primary plus Emma from Byker Community Trust, Dave from Walker YMCA and our very own Peter and Sara N set off to explore the banks of the Tyne on bikes. Before we set off we made sure we kitted everyone out, including providing bikes for those who didn’t have them, checking the bikes of those who brought their own, fitting everyone with helmets and rummaging around for gloves, scarves and extra layers as the weather was looking decidedly damp. We’d changed our route to a shorter lower one because of the conditions and headed to the pedestrian tunnel where we refuelled with sandwiches handmade by Emma! Optimistically we ordered pizza to be delivered to Recyke y’bike in one hour and set off on the return leg on the south side of the Tyne. After stopping every 10 meters or so to add or remove layers, fix punctures or grab a drink, progress was a little slower on the way back. Hard lessons were learnt about the downside of cycling through giant puddles! Some great team work and mutual encouragement eventually got us back across the Millennium bridge and back to Byker with one last climb back up to Recyke to enjoy some cold pizza! Time to plan our next adventure….

Bikeability bikes

We recently provided Newcastle City Council with a pool of bikes for use in their Bikeability sessions delivered in Primary Schools. Some students made a short video about the partnership as part of their final year project. You can view the video by clicking here

 

Big Bike Revival!

Next week (week beginning 29th July) we’ll be out and about in Byker as part of the Big Bike Revival. We’ll be showing kids how to fix their bikes and keep them working safely.

You can catch us on Monday 11-1 at Spires Lane, Tuesday 11-1 at Priory Green and Wednesday 12-4 at the Byker Community Trust Family Fun day in Harbottle Park.

Please do come and say hello!

 

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Changes at The Journey

We’re changing the way in which we operate our central Newcastle base The Journey. We’ll no longer be taking in bikes for servicing; staff and volunteers will be moving across to our Byker base in order to bring our team together and make efficient and effective use of our resources. The cafe will still be offering delicious food and wonderful coffee; they’ll also be selling a selection of our bikes on our behalf. You’ll be able to get the same friendly service from The Journey squad over at Brinkburn Street so bring your broken bikes to Byker!

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We’re recruiting!

We’re looking for a new mechanic to join the Recyke y’bike team!

Are you an experienced bike mechanic with a minimum of Cytech level 2 or Velotech Gold? Do you enjoy working as part of a team? Are you a confident communicator, able to pass on your knowledge to support our volunteers? Do you have strong attention to detail and a commitment to quality? Then we want to hear from you!

We’re offering 35 hours per week at £9.19 per hour with a generous pension plan.

To request an application pack contact sara@recyke.bike

Closing date for applications is Saturday 27th July. Interviews will take place on Tuesday 30th July.

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Recycled bikes help to get kids cycling safely

Recyke y’bike have been working with Newcastle City Council to provide a pool of 14 bikes to be used in the city’s Bikeability program for children who don’t have their own bikes.

It’s fantastic to be able to put donated bikes to such good use. Several schools had been in touch with Recyke y’bike over the past few months requesting bikes to borrow for Bikeability as many pupils don’t have their own and were missing out. We contacted the council to see if there was a more strategic approach that we could take to help as we were struggling to store and transport bikes to individual schools. We decided to create a pool of refurbished bikes which the Bikeability team will store and transport to sessions enabling everyone to take part.

Bikeability teaches children the practical skills and understanding on how to cycle, giving them confidence for all kinds of cycling. It’s delivered and offered to schools in Newcastle. Cllr Arlene Ainsley, cabinet member for transport and air quality at Newcastle City Council, said: “Bikeability sessions are all about equipping children with the skills and knowledge they need to be confident and safe cyclists.

“I’m delighted that more pupils will be able to benefit from this training thanks to this fantastic support from Recyke y’Bike.”new bikes

Celebrate with us!

We’re celebrating successfully moving our Byker premises from Hannington Street over to Brinkburn Street with a PARTY! On Friday 28th June we’ll be at the new site from 5.30pm to give tours for those who are yet to visit. At 6pm we’ll move down the road to Tyne Bank Brewery to celebrate with their fine selection of craft ales and food from Nins shack. We’ll have raffle tickets for sale with prizes very kindly donated by: 

Cafe Beam

Velomentary

Tyne Bank Brewery

Aspers Cassio

Jet Lashes

Kirkley Cycles Cafe

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Stepney Bank Stables

Victoria Tunnel

Key Enterprises

We hope to see you there!

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The Big Brinkburn Street Boost

Recyke y’bike are on the move! We’ve had to move out of our main workshop at short notice and we need your help to get our new home up and running.

Our Crowdfunding campaign is now live! Check it out here

At Recyke y’bike we’re passionate about getting more people onto bikes. Lots of people share our passion and we’ve grown very quickly in a few short years. We need your help now to create efficient, sustainable ways of working in our new (much bigger) home so that we can keep recycling bikes and helping people for many years to come.

We need to make physical improvements to our new Brinkburn Street site to make it energy efficient and transform it into a pleasant and comfortable environment for staff, volunteers and customers. We need to invest in our team; providing training and development opportunities for staff and volunteers that will enable us to develop our work in the community. We’re desperate for modern tills so that we can manage our stock effectively and free up staff time to focus on refurbishing bikes. Supporting us now will enable us to self-generate income much more effectively, ensuring the long-term viability of Recyke y’bike.