Our Durham team have started producing a new line of Recyke y’bike “In- house” bikes, hand built by our experienced and skilled volunteers.
On Thursday 26th November at 6pm we will be holding our first ever virtual AGM! We’ll be reviewing the last 12 months (there’s plenty to reflect on!) and looking ahead to the next 12 months, sharing our plans and aspirations. To register to attend please visit our Eventbrite page.
As we move into winter you may well find yourself cycling in poor light or even in the dark. It’s really important that you’re well lit up so that you can be seen by other road or cycle path users. In this short video Neil shares some top tips.
We are also aware that bike theft appears to be on the rise. It’s really important to lock your bike up safely. Check out this video for some more top tips from Neil!
We have a selection of new locks and lights available at both shops as well as some second hand fluorescent and reflective clothing and accessories.
Trustees are absolutely essential to the running of any charity. Trustees share overall responsibility for governing the charity and directing how it’s managed. They are unpaid volunteers. Trustees have a legal duty to act in the charity’s best interests, manage its resources responsibly and act with reasonable care and skill.
At Recyke y’bike our trustees come from different backgrounds but are all enthusiastic cyclists and passionate about helping the charity to fulfil its purpose. In a normal month each trustee dedicates roughly 5 hours per month to attending meetings or following up on actions. This might increase in periods of flux (like in a pandemic!). As well as Trustee Meetings most trustees also sit on a sub-group (Finance, Marketing, Staff and Volunteers) or contribute to short term working groups to focus on specific issues.
“Although it sounds cheesy, it’s a real privilege to be a trustee of Recyke y’bike. It’s a fantastic organisation, providing bike shaped happiness to loads of people, some of whom are the most vulnerable in our communities. It’s hard work; the corona virus has meant we have had to introduce a whole new way of working, making sure we are still able to keep going, however challenging. Our staff and volunteers are amazing; dedicated, committed, innovative and cheerful, despite all. It feels like being part of a big, noisy family, all of whom are mad keen on bikes, and introducing people to the joys of cycling.”
Some of our trustees also volunteer in our shops or workshop, helping with the practical tasks that keep the wheels turning at Recyke y’bike.
“Having been volunteering at Recyke y’Bike for several years I have been uplifted many times by the enjoyment of the various jobs that I have done either as a trustee or getting my hands on refurbishing a bike or stuck in helping move to new premises for instance. But I have also been uplifted and enthused by the commitment shown by fellow volunteers and the practical results of much of the work that Recyke y’Bike does day to day.
There are many challenges to overcome too as a trustee and these are stimulating and offer a sense of achievement as my professional working career is coming towards its end.”
Volunteering as a trustee is a great way to use your existing skills to do good in your local community, gain new skills and experience and meet new people. Some employers will provide employees with dedicated time to fulfil their duties as a trustee and it’s a valuable addition to any CV.
If you want to find out more about becoming a trustee at Recyke y’bike please contact email@example.com. We’re particularly interested in hearing from anyone with Human Resources or Health and Safety experience.
For many of our customers, buying a refurbished bike is an environmental choice. Riding any bike is a great choice for the environment, and a refurbished bike has a much lower carbon footprint than a new bike. Add in the benefit of reducing waste going to landfill and it seems like a no-brainer!
However, we often hear customers say that they’re buying a cheap bike from Recyke y’bike as they’re planning on leaving it outside, or they’re at uni and they plan to leave it behind at the end of term. They see the bikes as short term, low value investments which are disposable. This makes our hearts break a little bit.
A well maintained bike can easily last for 30 years. If you’re buying a refurbished bike from Recyke y’bike it may well have already served it’s previous owner(s) well for 10 or 15 years. And with a bit of care it will serve you for another 15 years! Or, if you move on from the area or move on from your bike, you can donate it back to Recyke y’bike, a great way to ‘pay it forwards’; enabling someone else to enjoy the bike!
Sadly, a significant proportion of donated bikes which have been left outside or haven’t been maintained are past the point where they can be saved and instead, are broken down for scrap and parts. This is avoidable!
There are some simple steps you can take to keep your bike in good working order for you, or someone else, to enjoy for years to come.
- Protect it from the elements. If you can’t store your bike inside or in a dry space, invest in a waterproof cover. They’re cheap to buy and make a big difference!
- Protect it from thieves. Lock up your bike and your wheels! Locking your frame with a D lock is the best way to keep it secure. An additional chain or cable lock for your wheels will protect them.
- Clean and lubricate your chain. This 5 minute job will make a huge difference.
- Invest in a bike service. If you ride your bike regularly (and we hope that you do), book it in for a service twice a year. At Recyke y’bike, a basic service costs £40 and could dramatically extend the life of your bike and save you money in the long run. A replacement chain costs as little as £10. A worn chain will cause wear to your cassette, leading to bigger bills in the medium term.
Make the ethical, environmental choice. Care for your bike and it will provide many years of service, to you or to someone else! For more tips on bike maintenance check out the Recyke y’bike YouTube channel or videos section on our Facebook page!
During October we’ve been able to supply both Home Group and Centrepoint with a couple of bikes each to enable their service users to enjoy the wellbeing benefits of fresh air and exercise! Happy cycling!
We did it!!!! Thank you to everyone who helped us reach and exceed our target. The final Crowdfunder total was an amazing £5,300!!!! We’re very grateful for all of the support we’ve had and we’re looking forward to arranging rewards for those who purchased them.
Our new Durham location is now open for business! Servicing and repairs can be dropped off and collected Wednesday to Saturday 12-2. Bike sales are by appointment. Please contact the shop via Facebook message, email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call 07787540304 to arrange. Huge thank you to the staff and volunteers at Durham who have created a fabulous space in a short amount of time on a minuscule budget! And to Durham County Council for their ongoing support.
Following lots of anticipation, the Government finally announced that the ‘Fix Your Bike Voucher Scheme’ would be open for voucher applications from Tuesday 28 July at 23:45.
This means that you can now apply for a £50 voucher to put towards the cost of a repair (terms and conditions apply).
The scheme is aimed at getting unused bikes back on the road.
Information about the scheme from the Department of Transport and links to take you to the Energy Saving Trust £50 voucher application can be found here…
Following the announcement on the 28th, Recyke y’bike have already received lots of emails and phone calls regarding this scheme. Most of the questions are asking if certain bikes and repairs can be accepted.
Just like you, we have not yet seen the voucher application process. But we do know that there is a full list of terms and conditions and eligibility criteria provided during your voucher application process.
Recyke y’bike also has to follow the same terms and conditions. Therefore, we cannot accept repairs that fall outside the scheme’s eligibility criteria. It’s important that Recyke y’bike follow the terms to ensure we are correctly reimbursed by the Energy Saving Trust who are administering the scheme.
Please be patient while we get to grips with the system and its conditions.
Here is another brief recap of the basic terms. The main eligibility criteria are…
“The repairs must be necessary to make the bike roadworthy and fit for purpose”
Repairs CAN include…
- Repair or replacement of tyres, tubes, wheels and related components
- Adjust, repair or replace brake system components
- Adjust, repair or replace transmission system components
- Repair or replace other essential components which prevent safe use of the cycle
Some things NOT included in the scheme…
- Replacement or upgrade of existing safe and roadworthy components
- Replacement or repair of removable lighting accessories
- The purchase of parts and accessories for you to repair your own bike
Please check our availability and turnaround times before applying for a voucher
Bikes must be repaired to meet the legal requirements of the law relating to cycle roadworthiness. This means we cannot just repair part of your bike in order to minimise costs for you. We must carry out all the repairs required to make the bike safe and roadworthy. We will give you an estimate for the total cost of repair when you drop your bike off. Your voucher will cover £50 of the total cost.
Due to the high demand for repairs across the cycle industry at the moment, only 50,000 vouchers are being released in this initial phase of the scheme.
We will create a FAQ section about the scheme as soon as we have more information and more experience of the process.
A HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who supported our Crowdfunder campaign to refurbish bikes for people on very low incomes. We’d seen a dramatic increase in referrals during lock down and with your help we raised an incredible £2,400 to cover the parts and labour needed to turn donated bikes into safe and functional bikes to assist with people’s health, well being, ability to get about and have fun! Referrals come from a wide range of workers (teachers, social workers, support workers, GPs) and bikes go to people of all ages and walks of life. It’s amazing how much difference a bike can make to someone’s quality of life and it’s great that unwanted bikes can be given a second life rather than ending up in landfill!