Family Open Day – 18th February 11am-3pm

On the Tuesday of February half term we’re throwing open the doors to people of all ages to offer:

*Free mini bike services

*Free training sessions so that you can learn how to fix your own punctures or clean your own chain

*Ramps and jumps to test your cycling skills (bring your own bike or borrow one)

*Smoothie bike

*Free food from Food Nation

*Access to the Youth Lorry

*Bike discounts

*Games and competitions

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Peter demonstrating a puncture repair

The Recyke y’bike Pub Quiz!

Huge thanks to everyone who came down to our Pub Quiz at Tyne Bank Brewery, we raised an amazing £570!!! Congratulations to the winners of Best Team Name (If Mike is short for Michael does that mean that bike is short for bikael?) and to the overall winner the Yellow Jerseys who generously donated their prize money back to us!

Trustees needed at Recyke y’bike!

Trustee: Recyke y’bike

Application Deadline: March 20th

At Recyke y’bike we’re passionate about getting more people onto bikes. This is because we believe they’re great for the environment and address a variety of social issues too. Do you share our passion? Can you help?

We’re looking for two new trustees to join our board. As a trustee you’ll play a key role in setting our direction and overseeing our work. You should have the skills and experience to help us deliver our objectives and have at least 4 hours a month to volunteer. We’re particularly interested in hearing from people with a background in Human Resources or Health and Safety. We’re committed to equality and diversity and welcome applications from groups currently under represented on our board.

About Recyke y’bike: Recyke y’bike is a charity and limited company established in 2006. The charity leases property in Byker and Durham city centre. Bikes are donated or abandoned bikes collected. They are refurbished by a team of staff and volunteers and then sold at a low cost to cover running costs or given away to people in need. You can read our 2019 Annual Report for more information.

If you would like to apply please send a CV and a covering letter setting out why you would like to apply and what relevant skills you have to sara@recyke.bike. If you would like to discuss the role please email Sara to arrange a call.

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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