A volunteer testimonal

“After volunteering with many different places at Newcastle and becoming unemployed working with Your Homes Newcastle, I was really desperate to find a right job for me.
One day Paulina from Newcastle Futures, who was helping me to find a job again, told me about a bike mechanic job advertised at Recyke y’bike. I had a job interview with Recyke y’bike as a bike mechanic but I couldn’t get a position. However, falling love with bikes, experience as pro cyclist in my past and running another bike repair project for couple of years with the Conversion Group at the Old Star and Shadow building, made me to join Recyke y’bike as a volunteer to be more occupied.
I was already studying English and Electrical Installation with Newcastle College and working as a volunteer in many different places too but I was enjoying more working with Recyke y’bike. Of course it wasn’t because I love bikes; I had experience working with Sustrans and British Cycling in the past but I enjoyed Recyke y’bike more.
I would say three more important reason made me feel comfortable working with them.
1- Many amazing people, being open to people from other backgrounds, super friendly and patient if English isn’t your first language.
2- Such an amazing idea to recycle bikes, encouraging people to use bikes, helping environment and teaching people how to fix a bike.
3- Opportunity of receiving a qualification on the end.
Now, I work full time as a project engineer on power electric and I feel I belong where I work.
I still go to see people at Recyke y’bike because I feel they are my amazing friends in our community.”

We are hiring!

We’re looking for a new mechanic to join our team! 

We are looking for an experienced full- time bike mechanic to join our small team. The position will be based in Byker, Newcastle upon Tyne but some cover work at our Durham shop may also be required. The main focus of the role is fixing, servicing and refurbishing bikes but you may also be asked to support with our community outreach work and delivery of training sessions.


 Day to day duties include:
– Carrying out bike servicing and repairs as required
– Assisting customers with queries and sales
– Diagnosing mechanical issues on bikes, discussing solutions and costs with customers
– Refurbishing donated bikes to make them ready for sale in the shop
– Supporting and training volunteers
  Essential experience, skills and knowledge include:
– Experience of working in a bike shop or workshop (min 2 years)
– Analytical thinking and problem solving skills
– Excellent communication skills
– Attention to detail and ability to act on your own initiative
– Self- motivated and pride in your work
– Commitment to the charitable objectives, values and ethos of Recyke y’bike

Cytech 2 or equivalent qualification is preferable but experience of carrying out bike repairs in a professional capacity is essential as well as a passion for bikes!


Hourly rate of £9.69, 5 days a week, 33 days holiday per annum (including bank holidays), workplace pension and uniform provided.
For an application pack email sara@recyke.bike. Applications close at 5pm on Friday 6th August. Interviews will take place the following week.

Recyke y’bike receive support from SOS Group

We’re delighted to be working with and supported by SOS Group. SOS Group have a long history of supporting good causes and stepped in to help out when we were struggling with our rather antique and temperamental printers. They have provided a multi functional device that lets us print, scan and copy with ease, saving time and frustration! Read the full story on the SOS website.

Top Tips for ride preparation

Fail to prepare, prepare to fail! Follow these tops tips to make sure your ride is safe and enjoyable!

Food. Have a good meal the night before, not too late, plenty of carbs. Pasta is always good. Never set out without taking some snacks too, even on short rides.

Plan a route. A dedicated bike GPS is great but any smart phone will do. Mount it on the handlebars and you can just follow the line. It’ll take the stress out of navigation and allow you to plan some more adventurous routes without the worry of getting lost.

Take spares. Always have spare inner tubes (the right size helps too), tyre levers and a pump. Make sure your tyres are the right pressure before leaving. It’ll reduce the chance of flats and will make the bike roll easier. If you’re not sure about dealing with punctures Neil’s short video will help you.

https://youtu.be/CkXy5yNjSek

 

 

 

Get on y’bike for Recyke!

We know it can be hard to fill the school holidays; particularly at the moment when options are limited. So we created the Recyke y’bike Easter Challenge! The aim is to pick a level that suits you best and then tick off the miles over the two weeks. It’s designed to be challenging but achievable for those of us who aren’t necessarily regular cyclists. You can get the kids involved too! 

 

We hope that by taking part you become a more confident cyclist, find new routes and develop a more regular cycling habit. We also hope that you’ll consider getting sponsored to raise money for Recyke y’bike. Funds raised will go towards providing more bikes for people in need. Access to a bike can be life changing for someone who is struggling to afford public transport and the benefits of exercise and fresh air can significantly improve wellbeing. Finally, we hope that you tell people that you’re taking part in the challenge, spreading the word about Recyke y’bike and the joys of cycling!

 

The challenges:

Family challenge – cycle 100 miles over the two week break all together OR as a relay.

Individual (intro) – cycle 150 miles over the two week break.

Individual (advanced) – cycle 300 miles over the two week break.

All participants who sign up will be able to access a free bike safety check plus loads of ideas for routes around Newcastle and Durham to keep your rides varied and interesting. You’ll also receive hints and tips about keeping your bike running well, carrying out simple repairs on the go and cycling safely. We’ll also offering spot prizes for fab fundraising, fantastic photos, funky fancy dress and inspiring efforts! 

 

Sign up here to start receiving emails with all the info you need to get involved!

International Women’s Day #IWD2021

At Recyke we’re passionate about getting more people on bikes as we believe that bikes are brilliant and can tackle a number of health and social issues. A bike provides an affordable means of transport, it’s healthy, sustainable and lots of fun! 

We get more people cycling by making bikes affordable and by sharing our mechanical knowledge so that more people can ride confidently and keep their bikes in safe working order. We aim to create opportunities and reduce barriers for everyone, particularly under-represented groups. We’re particularly keen to support more women to cycle as statistics show that, in the UK, women cycle less frequently and cover less miles than women. To encourage more women to cycle we’ve launched an offer of 50% off essential cycling equipment throughout the week beginning the 8th of March to celebrate International Women’s Day. 

There are lots of national statistics demonstrating how women are underrepresented in cycling but let’s look at it purely from a Recyke y’bike perspective. We currently employ ten members of staff, eight are men. The vast majority of our volunteer team are men. Six out of our seven trustees are men. Two thirds of people referred to us for a free bike are men. We recognise that as an organisation we have more to do to achieve a better gender balance. 

We know that being anti-discriminatory is not enough, we need to be proactive to encourage under represented groups. Our plan to achieve this is still a work in progress but includes revising our Equality and Diversity Policy, partnering with other organisations to provide bikes, training and volunteering taster sessions, providing training for staff, volunteers and trustees and learning from other organisations who are working to become more inclusive. 

We’d love to hear your thoughts about how we can develop this work further. Get in touch!

Christmas bikes

Thanks to your generous donations of bikes, and #SpiritofChristmas funding from NCVS to cover replacement parts, during December we’ve been able to distribute 46 bikes to children who are growing up in poverty. Bikes have gone to schools and charity partners who’ve made sure that they have matched bikes to children who need them most. Some of the bikes were distributed straight away, some have gone to parents to put away for Christmas. Bikes are such a great way for children to have fun, be active, get outdoors and start to develop more independence. We’re looking forward to getting lots more bikes out to people who need them in 2021!