Last Refurbished Bike Sale before Christmas

Local charity Life Cycle UK is holding the last of it’s extremely popular refurbished bike sales this year on Wednesday 12th December.

The sale represents the public’s final chance to purchase a reasonably priced bicycle, refurbished by Prisoners at HMP Bristol under the supervision of an experienced mechanic, before Christmas.

Held by the fountains opposite Bristol Hippodrome from 11am - 2pm, the extra sale will offer members of the public another chance to buy affordable bikes refurbished by prisoners at HMP Bristol. There will be a wide range of bikes available on the day, ranging in price from around £45 - £200. Bikes are available on a first come, first served basis and the sale is part of a regular programme organised by the Lottery-funded Bike Back project:

Bike Back takes unwanted bikes, donated to the scheme by members of the public, to Bristol Prison, where they are stripped down, cleaned and then rebuilt by prisoners under the tuition of an expert mechanic. Life Cycle then sells the bikes at low cost with the aim of helping more people on low incomes to cycle. All the funds raised at the bike sales are put directly back into the scheme.

The project, which has been running for two years has proved to be a real success in terms of providing prisoners with opportunities to learn new skills. So far 170 prisoners have had the chance to participate with some really positive feedback. One commented:

“I knew the basics, from working on my own bike, but I didn’t realise there was so much more to learn. I have learnt masses – and not just about bikes. I have learnt general things about employment, looking after tools, keeping the workshop clean and tidy. I am feeling much more positive now. I’ve got my mind set on other things and I want to try and get a job when I leave.”

The project has refurbished and sold over 350 bikes so far, meaning fewer old bikes going to landfill and more getting re-used in the local community. Feedback from the project shows that the affordability of bikes is key to enabling more people to buy bikes and get out cycling.

The Big Lottery Fund is supporting the project for the next five years, giving the scheme long-term security and ensuring an ongoing supply of refurbished bikes for Bristol whilst giving prisoners at HMP Bristol ongoing opportunities to learn employability and mechanical skills.

Poppy Brett, Director of Life Cycle, commented

“Bike Back is win, win, win all the way. It helps prisoners learn new skills; it helps the environment by reducing waste and it helps people on low incomes get bikes, get cycling and get fit!”.