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By: Luke Dubuis

Posted: Mon, 17/08/2015 - 18:56

Saturday 29th August 2015 - 9am – 1pm

Roughly 1-2% of the bikes donated to Re~Cycle are either unsuitable for Africa (such as thin framed racing bikes) or are bikes with disc brakes which are parts that are not readily available in Africa and thus less likely to be usable. Instead of recycling these bikes we sell them at the local University of Essex and our warehouse in Colchester, generating a sustainable income to help cover our running costs. These bikes are sold at affordable prices starting at £75 and many of these bikes are sold to students or people just starting out as cyclists and therefore looking for a good bargain.

There will be a choice of over 60 new and refurbished bikes including Specialized, Pashley, Boardman, Raleigh and Carerra as well as a good selection of children’s bikes. We will be operating on a first come first served basis and will not be taking reservations, so please come down early if you want to grab yourself a bargain. 

Cash or card payments accepted.

Opening hours: 09:00-13:00

Location:

Re~Cycle
Unit 8 The Grove Estate
Colchester Road
Wormingford
Colchester
Essex
CO6 3AJ




By: Luke Dubuis

Posted: Wed, 05/08/2015 - 18:01

Action Bikes have been collecting bikes and parts for us at their four shops in Central and South West London since early 2012. To date they’ve collected over 3,800 bikes. Not only is this a fantastic achievement, it’s a huge help - there are LOADS of bikes sitting in sheds, and the logistics of getting them to us is the tricky bit!

It all started when the owner of Action Bikes, Tony Yerby met Re~Cycle CEO Merlin Mathews: "Merlin turned up at the shop a few years ago on a cargo bike and told me all about the project.  It was difficult to get involved to start with, as it didn't make much sense to drive donated bikes from London to Colchester. In 2012 Twickenham RFC agreed to host some storage containers which enabled us to set up Action Bikes as a satellite operation. Customers donate bikes at our stores and we send them direct from here."

Tony Yerby of Action Bikes
"Sending bikes to Africa makes sense, why scrap the metal when you can send the whole bike to someone that really needs it? The humble bicycle is a life changer when the only alternative is to walk long distances for basic needs and its fun - you cant be grumpy on a bike!" Tony Yerby

Tony and his staff are committed to reusing everything they can get their hands on. “We loves bikes and hate waste. We collect all kinds of spare parts, all of which are put into plastic containers to be sent along with the bikes". Things like inner tubes are incredibly cheap to replace, but scare on the ground in Africa – “we’ve seen inner tubes that have been patched and sown together to such an extent that there is more stitching than tubing – nothing need go to waste!”

Donated bikes are transported to Twickenham every few weeks and stored in a 40ft container until there are enough bikes for a shipment. Tony and  the Action Bikes crew then organise a container-loading day, bringing together the local community to help load the shipment of bikes for Africa. The container loading days are always great fun, and as per tradition – a BBQ lunch is kindly provided for all the volunteers taking part!

Action Bikes have also raised vital funds for Re~Cycle. Tony has organised 6 Cycling Cinema events, powered by up to 6 cyclists hooked up to generators at St Philip & St James Church in Whitton. “It’s a wonderful way to bring together the local community and raise funds for charity! We’re ever so grateful to the church allowing us to use the grounds”.

Next year Action Bikes will be 25 years old, a great achievement for any independant business - they were even voted one of the top 20 Independent Bike Shops in the UK, due in part to their community involvement! Tony remains highly optimistic for the future "Over the last few years there are noticeably more cyclists in London which is brilliant, Boris Johnson has done great things for cycling in London.  Somehow we need to get passed the "Us and Them" attitude that exists on our roads. It appears to be unique to English speaking countries, cycling in Europe is very different. Am sure it wont be too long before its considered normal to ride a bike - it wasn't that long ago we considered acceptable to smoke in pubs."

Action Bikes offer their customers 10% off any bike when they donate their old bike to Re~Cycle. You can locate your closest branch here – don’t forget to bring spare parts if you have some!

Action Bikes 10% off for Re~Cycle




By: Luke Dubuis

Posted: Fri, 31/07/2015 - 16:41

Unloading Re~Cycle Bikes

Another container of bikes has reached our partners Village Bicycle Project in Ghana! Bikes from this container will be loaded for One-Day workshop programmes in Karimenga (Upper East Region) and Nsuta (Brong-Ahafo Region). VBP’s One-Day workshop is a day-long hands-on preventative maintenance course, aimed at preparing new bicycle owners with skills/knowledge to know when their bicycle is experiencing a problem; how to fix it or seek professional assistance early on.

This will be the team’s second trip to Karimenga - first visiting in April 2015 with 60 bicycles. Due to the success of that programme, the team are returning with 120 bicycles. This will be VBP’s first time hosting workshops in Nsuta, however, they have hosted a Learn-2-Ride programme there - teaching 101 girls to ride in 3 weeks. It’s hoped that many of these new riders will attend the workshop.

Nsuta is  large cashew-producing area and many of the respondents are likely to be farmers, commuting from the roadside town to farmlands north and south of the Sunyani road. A journey on foot to a field 4 km away (about 1 hour) reduces the time available for field work by 25% and uses up three times as many calories as travelling by bicycle (LOWE 1991). With many farmers working on multiple patches, located kilometers apart, a bicycle saves vital energy and time needed to make their work a success!

Many thanks to all the staff who helped make this possible, as well as all our wonderful bike donors!

If you’ve got an old bike that’s collecting dust in your shed, visit our BIKE donations page where you’ll be able to quickly find your closest drop-off point.

Nsuta (Brong-Ahafo Region)
Nsuta (Brong-Ahafo Region)



By: Luke Dubuis

Posted: Fri, 17/07/2015 - 18:32

Saturday 25th July 2015 - 9am – 1pm

Roughly 1-2% of the bikes donated to Re~Cycle are either unsuitable for Africa (such as thin framed racing bikes) or are bikes with disc brakes which are parts that are not readily available in Africa and thus less likely to be usable. Instead of recycling these bikes we sell them at the local University of Essex and our warehouse in Colchester, generating a sustainable income to help cover our running costs. These bikes are sold at affordable prices starting at £75 and many of these bikes are sold to students or people just starting out as cyclists and therefore looking for a good bargain.

There will be a choice of over 60 new and refurbished bikes including Specialized, Pashley, Boardman, Raleigh and Carerra as well as a good selection of children’s bikes. We will be operating on a first come first served basis and will not be taking reservations, so please come down early if you want to grab yourself a bargain. 

Cash or card payments accepted.

Opening hours: 09:00-13:00

Location:

Re~Cycle
Unit 8 The Grove Estate
Colchester Road
Wormingford
Colchester
Essex
CO6 3AJ




By: Luke Dubuis

Posted: Fri, 10/07/2015 - 18:12

London Green CC

A brand new group of 25 amateur London cyclists have launched their bid to ride 500km in 4 days, and raise £40,000 for charities across the capital!

The London Green Cycling Club, which has already received the backing of London Mayor Boris Johnson, will be taking on a dramatic and challenging route including the largest continuous gradient in England as they tackle the Yorkshire stages of the Tour de France at the start of their York to London challenge on Thursday 30 July. The riders will finish by taking on the Prudential Ride London 160 km cyclosportive through London and the Surrey hills on 2nd August. The riders’ combined distance will be the equivalent to riding from London to Mumbai.

Mayor of London Boris Johnson said: ‘The London Green Cycling Club has set quite a challenge. Having ridden in the Prudential Ride London event a couple of years ago, I know how much of a challenge riding 100 miles is. So cycling 200 miles in the three preceding days as well is pretty heroic. I urge you to support them in any way you can as they are raising money for nearly 20 charities big and small.’

Participating riders are drawn from the Mayor of London’s office; senior policy makers from the Greater London Authority; local councillors; local borough environmental service providers; as well as representatives from national governmental and non-governmental organisations, technology companies and consultancies - all with a shared passion for improving London as a city to live and work in.

One of the London Green Cycling Club riders Andrew Deacon will be raising funds for Re~Cycle! You can help him and the London Green Cycling Club reach their fundraising goal by donating via Andrew's JustGiving page.

For more info visit: www.londongreencc.org




By: Luke Dubuis

Posted: Fri, 10/07/2015 - 11:46

Humanity Africa's first ever Bike Ride will take place on Saturday 11th July at 9am on the CS3 route. The bike ride, which is bringing together volunteers and supporters of Humanity Africa is its first event to raise awareness and essential funds for its projects in Mkushi Zambia to work with rural farmers to support sustainable livelihoods. The bike ride is from Royal Victoria beside the Emirates cable cars - Tower Hill - Royal Victoria beside the Emirates cable cars. Then to Humanity Africa offices for refreshments and hurrays. People are welcome to join the bike ride and equally come for cheering.

For more info visit www.humanityafrica.org.uk




By: Luke Dubuis

Posted: Tue, 23/06/2015 - 13:02

Roughly 1-2% of the bikes donated to Re~Cycle are either unsuitable for Africa (such as thin framed racing bikes) or are bikes with disc brakes which are parts that are not readily available in Africa and thus less likely to be usable. Instead of recycling these bikes we sell them at the local University of Essex and our warehouse in Colchester, generating a sustainable income to help cover our running costs. These bikes are sold at affordable prices starting at £75 and many of these bikes are sold to students or people just starting out as cyclists and therefore looking for a good bargain.

There will be a choice of over 60 new and refurbished bikes including Specialized, Pashley, Boardman, Raleigh and Carerra as well as a good selection of children’s bikes. We will be operating on a first come first served basis and will not be taking reservations, so please come down early if you want to grab yourself a bargain. 

Saturday 27th of June

Opening hours: 09:00-13:00

Cash or card payments accepted.

Location:

Re~Cycle
Unit 8 The Grove Estate
Colchester Road
Wormingford
Colchester
Essex
CO6 3AJ




By: Luke Dubuis

Posted: Tue, 09/06/2015 - 16:19

Since 2010, Sven and Frank have been tackling their Glasgow to Istanbul X-Europe Tour in 5-day legs each summer. They are currently cycling the next leg from Innsbruck to Triest in Italy! The pair will finish the tour on the bridge across the Bosporus, the gateway to Asia in the summer of 2019.

"In 1991, a year after the German border opened, Sven and I spontaneously packed our bicycles into the car and drove to Ribnitz Damgarten for a two-day bike tour along the coast of the Baltic Sea until we reached Zingst on the Darß. Inspired by this experience we immediately planned the next trip for the following year. And after this second trip, there was no doubt that a tradition was born for Sven" Frank

They’re doing this all in support of Re~Cycle, for which we can’t thank them enough. If you’d like to help them reach their £5,000 goal and Re~Cycle in the process, please visit: www.justgiving.com/x-Europe/ 

For more info about the X-Europe-Tour and many pictures from the first 2,500 km, you can visit their web page www.across-europe-tour.com 

You can also follow their progress via the X-Europe Tour Facebook page.

Alternatively:

Why not look into starting your own Sponsored ride? We’ve got plenty of information on our website should you want to find out more.

charity bike rides




By: Luke Dubuis

Posted: Fri, 05/06/2015 - 17:54

Re~Cycle is proud to be the official charity partner of Cream O' the Croft - Scotland's very first dedicated festival of mountain biking.

The event is going to be a feast of family-friendly fun on fat tyres: think music fest, natural beauty, food and beer fest, camping, glamping and farmstead rooms, and all that is best about Scottish mountain biking rolled into one neat package.

The weekend features something for everyone from bushcraft and giant waterslide for kids (and big kids) to a decathlon style event featuring a range of mountain biking disciplines (dual slalom, pump track, downhill, cross-country, etc.) to find out who really is the Cream O’ the Croft!
 
Click here to enter.
 
Competition ends: 17/06/2015




By: Luke Dubuis

Posted: Wed, 03/06/2015 - 15:47

It's container packing time...

We need help packing the 7th Action Bikes container for Re~Cycle on Sat 13th June. If you have a few hours spare why not come down to Twickenham RFC and lend a hand! 

These bikes have all been donated by Action Bikes customers and make a massive difference in Africa. BBQ lunch will be provided for all volunteers - it would be helpful if you could let us know you are coming, so we know how many mouths to feed.

Do something great - come and give us some help!

Location:

Twickenham RFC  

Parkfields
South Road
Hampton
Middlesex
TW12 3PE
Tel: 02089792427

Time:  09:30-16:30




By: Luke Dubuis

Posted: Thu, 28/05/2015 - 17:17

Street Velodrome Banner

Re~Cycle is proud to be the official charity partner of the ASDA StreetVelodrome Series 2015. 

StreetVelodrome is the World’s only pop-up velodrome event. Within hours, any high street or public space is turned into a track cycling arena; offering a new level of spectator involvement and creating a completely new competition for both professional and amateur riders.

 “We think the work Re~Cycle is doing is invaluable. The positive impact of increased access to cycling is evident in our own communities, but this is amplified greater still in those areas of Africa where Re~Cycle is making an impact. The StreetVelodrome ‘It’s In Our DNA’ message is all about getting existing cyclists to be great ambassadors for their sport and to be part of our objective of bring cycling to more people. That’s why we jumped at the chance to work with Re~Cycle and to help facilitate the remarkable impact they are having in Africa. - Carl Thompson, StreetVelodrome Series Director.

StreetVelodrome’s ‘It’s In Our DNA’ campaign has the core value of creating greater access to cycling, a value close to the heart of Re~Cycle.

Series events are taking place across the UK from May to August and will be televised.  Entry to the event for participants and spectators is completely free. Find your nearest series event here.

During the course of the StreetVelodrome Series, participants and visitors to each round of the Series will be encouraged to donate their bikes at their nearest Re~Cycle drop off point, and to text BIKE00 £3 to 70070 to help us to get the bikes to Africa.

Once you’ve picked up your bike ID tag from a StreetVelodrome series event, you can donate your bike in 4 easy steps:

1.Find your local drop off point at www.re-cycle.org/donate/bike/location-search

2.Attach a StreetVelodrome tag to the seat post of your bicycle

3.Take a selfie of your farewell and share it on twitter or facebook using the hashtag #goodbyecycle




By: Luke Dubuis

Posted: Fri, 15/05/2015 - 18:01

Roughly 1-2% of the bikes donated to Re~Cycle are either unsuitable for Africa (such as thin framed racing bikes) or are bikes with disc brakes which are parts that are not readily available in Africa and thus less likely to be usable. Instead of recycling these bikes we sell them at the local University of Essex and our warehouse in Colchester, generating a sustainable income to help cover our running costs. These bikes are sold at affordable prices starting at £75 and many of these bikes are sold to students or people just starting out as cyclists and therefore looking for a good bargain.

There will be a choice of over 60 new and refurbished bikes including Specialized, Pashley, Boardman, Raleigh and Carerra as well as a good selection of children’s bikes. We will be operating on a first come first served basis and will not be taking reservations, so please come down early if you want to grab yourself a bargain. 

Saturday 30th of May 

Opening hours: 09:00-13:00

Cash or card payments accepted.

Location:

Re~Cycle
Unit 8 The Grove Estate
Colchester Road
Wormingford
Colchester
Essex
CO6 3AJ




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