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By: Luke Dubuis

Posted: Sun, 27/03/2016 - 10:55

As the Spring and Summer arrive, we are expecting to receive large numbers of bikes into our warehouse and we need more volunteers to help us manage during this really busy period.  Our warehouse roles include – unloading deliveries, preparing bikes for shipping, loading containers, dismantling damaged bikes for valuable spare parts and sorting/packing parts for shipment.

If you have any spare time available, particularly during April and May and can offer us some help, please do get in touch. All new volunteers will receive a warm welcome from friendly and supportive colleagues.  You will make a valuable contribution to our work, enjoy being part of a team and benefit from the satisfaction of being involved with something useful that helps to improve people's life prospects in Africa.

You can find an application form on the “Volunteer” section here. Or you can bring the completed form to our warehouse in Wormingford – Unit 8 The Grove Estate, Colchester Road, Wormingford CO6 3AJ

Alternatively, you can phone us on 01206 617865 for a chat.

We look forward to hearing from you!




By: Luke Dubuis

Posted: Thu, 10/03/2016 - 17:34

Our first shipment of 2016 has finally landed and offloaded in Zambia. Our partners, Kaloko Trust, reported today that there was a significant turnout of willing helpers to unload the 501 quality second hand bicycles we shipped from our warehouse in January. The majority of these bicycles will go to farmers from the Luanshya district, and the income generated from their sale will go towards funding a number of Kaloko Trust’s projects, including the expansion of a school building built in 2015, and a student sponsorship programme that already assists over 2,200 children.

 




By: Luke Dubuis

Posted: Tue, 08/03/2016 - 14:41

“To men, the bicycle in the beginning was merely a new toy, another machine added to the long list of devices they knew in their work and play. To women, it was a steed upon which they rode into a new world.” ~ Munsey’s Magazine, 1896

Being the most equitable of all forms of transport, it is of little surprise that the bicycle has come to represent ideas of freedom and equality. This wasn’t always the case: up until the 1880’s, the first bicycles were deemed too dangerous to be used by women.

It was only with the introduction of the “safety bicycle” that women were allowed to ride. At first, most female cyclists were from middle-class backgrounds but as prices decreased in the 1890s, bicycles became affordable for working class women.

Safe to say, this caused much controversy. Women’s riding styles, the clothes they wore, and whether they should cycle at all, was highly debated by the press and establishment. Despite the uproar, it did little in the way of discouraging women to take up cycling. The bicycle quickly became a tool of independence that literally freed women and broke down class inequalities:

“By bicycling, women who have for years been restricted to a neighbourhood of a radius from two to three miles can now extend this area to a radius of eight to ten miles, and have an opportunity of seeing the country when living in town. Bicycling has thus placed poor women on an equal footing with rich ones in a most important particular- getting fresh air and exercise and seeing new scenery. Bicycling will add to a new interest to life, and bring God’s lovely earth to the doors of thousands of women in poor circumstances who would otherwise see nothing but streets and squalor each day.” Major-General Harcourt Bengough, C.B

By breaking down gender stereotypes and providing independence of movement and organisation, it is of little surprise that the bicycle played a key role in suffragette movement.

You’d be forgiven for thinking the bike had served its purpose for gender equality. Shockingly, it wasn’t until 1984 that women were allowed to take part in Olympic road races and it was only at the London 2012 Olympics that women and men competed in the same number of events in all cycling disciplines. This only goes to show how the bicycle continues to be a tool for social change.

Fast-forward to the present day and you can see how the humble bicycle continues to empower women across the world. For many of the women who use our bikes, a bicycle facilitates access to social services, income-generating opportunities and community activities that would have never been possible without affordable transport.

At Re~Cycle we recognise that bikes still have an incredibly important role to play. In countries across Africa, some women are still excluded from riding bicycles for cultural reasons. We believe that teaching young girls and women to ride bikes will continue to change these attitudes and can help level the playing field for future generations to come.

Please help us to support more women this International Women's Day:

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By: Luke Dubuis

Posted: Wed, 02/03/2016 - 21:34

Our partners, Village Bicycle Project, have just returned to base after hosting a number of One Day Workshops in Ghana's Brong-Ahafo Region. Three teams of trainers visited Asantanso, Pramposo and Bomiri to deliver 220 bicycles and essential preventive maintenance training. Among the 220 new bicycle owners were 83 women, 51 of whom had recently learned to ride a bicycle for the first time through Village Bicycle Project’s excellent Learn-2-Ride programme!

Help us provide more bicycle to those in need by donating your old bike. Locate your closest bike drop-off point or make a donation here.




By: Luke Dubuis

Posted: Mon, 08/02/2016 - 20:11

Action Bikes need help packing their 8th bike shipment for Re~Cycle on Saturday 5th March. If you have a few hours spare why not come down to Twickenham RFC and lend a hand!

So far Action Bikes and their customers have collected 4,263 bikes – all of which are all making a huge difference in Africa.

Where: Twickenham RFC

When: Saturday 5th March 9:30 - 16:30

View on map - http://bit.ly/1tvNhEx




By: Luke Dubuis

Posted: Thu, 21/01/2016 - 13:04

Re~Cycle tools

The next time you send your bicycle to the high street repair shop ask if you can take a sneak peak at their workshop. Hopefully you see dozens of hand tools neatly hanging in meticulous order a top clean and tidy work benches. If so, you’re in the right place! The bicycle is after all, an assembly of parts, and its repair and upkeep requires dedicated, quality tools and years of training and experience. And its no different in Africa, except those tools are much harder to come by.

The videos below, shot in Mankessim in Ghana’s Central Region, show the ingenuity and skill of one roadside repairer splitting and rejoining a chain without a rivet extractor. Though masterfully done, with the correct tool, this repair could be completed quicker, more accurately and with less risk of damage. As part of our work in Africa, we’re making sure each of our partners is equipped with the necessary tools, skills and working spaces needed to repair and maintain the bicycles we send them. This way, we’re giving each bicycle the best chance of serving its new owner for many years to come. 




By: Luke Dubuis

Posted: Fri, 01/01/2016 - 11:35

“In the UK having a bike is fashionable, cycling is a trendy thing to do. In Europe bikes are very functional, people ride them in normal clothes — you don’t see ‘cyclists’. But worldwide, it is the poor people’s transport; it’s how you get around. For some people it’s a choice but for others it’s a genuine means to get to work, to a school, hospital or clean water — their only means.”

Olympic gold medallist Chris Boardman shows his support for Re~Cycle in The Times Appeal.

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By: Luke Dubuis

Posted: Wed, 16/12/2015 - 22:12

How a Re~Cycle shipping container is making children in a gang-ridden township turn to bicycles instead of crime:

"Lavender Hill, in the Cape Flats, is known simply as Gangland because there are so many gun battles between its warring factions. Thousands of people have been killed on the Flats by young men trying to get their hands on methamphetamine, the highly addictive drug known locally as “tik”."

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By: Luke Dubuis

Posted: Tue, 08/12/2015 - 18:30

Meet Sulayman (left) and Ebrima (right), the two Wonder Years Centre of Excellence​ mechanics from the latest Times Appeal story. Our African programmes manager Jason recently gave them a visit, providing training and helping them improve their workshop:

“The guys were working on the floor out of toolboxes. They had to rummage to find what they wanted. Sometimes they’d spend 30mins looking for a spanner. Visitors would also help themselves to tools, and a few had gone missing. I showed them examples of other workshops in Africa and they immediately understood the benefits of a shadow board - you knew where everything was, you could access it quickly, and you could check it was all accounted for at any time during the day." 

Sulayman and Ebrima Working on the new workshop shadow board.

"We swept out the floor space and removed all the junk that was lying around. We moved the chairs and tables outside under a tree - giving visitors a place to smoke and drink tea so as they wouldn’t disturb the mechanics (it’s a very sociable workshop). The guys laid out the toolboard just as they wanted it (you can never have enough pliers) and I introduced a few new tools and replaced some that were missing.

After an assessment of the guys’ technical abilities, we got stuck into some training. They both desperately wanted to learn how to lace wheels (pictured top), which is something UK mechanics learn very late in their apprenticeships, but much more urgent in Africa!"

This is Adam. He’s comes every morning before school to help out around the workshop. Sulayman has even taken him on as an apprentice!

"We’re hoping to secure funding to move WYCE into a permanent workshop early next year. There’re a lot of bicycles in Madina Salam, and the workshop gets lots of visitors! Having the guys improve their temporary setup should get them thinking a little more about how they want their next workshop to be!” 

Help us change lives with bicycles by making a donation to The Times Christmas Appeal - for every £ you donate, our generous supporters will match it.

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By: Luke Dubuis

Posted: Fri, 04/12/2015 - 16:41

The first in a series of powerful editorials and first person accounts featuring the work of Re~Cycle and our project partners went to press as part of The Times Christmas Appeal today. Times journalists reveal how Glad’s House support children living on the streets and rubbish tips of Mombasa, and how Re~Cycle bikes make it all possible.

READ THE STORY




By: Luke Dubuis

Posted: Fri, 27/11/2015 - 13:43

Hill and Ellis Good Friday

‪#‎GoodBlackFriday‬ is here. For every bag Hill & Ellis sell today - they will give you 10% off and also donate 10% to Re~Cycle. 

Hill & Ellis is a British company established in 2013 with the aim to produce handsome bike bags for discerning cyclists. The bags have all been made with the cyclist in mind and are designed to be as stylish as they are functional. 

Designed in London by cyclists who understand the ride as much as you, the range includes features like reversible reflective tabs for better night-time visibility, waterproof rain jackets for protection against the great British weather, and hidden patented pannier clips so the bags attach securely and seamlessly to the bike. But at Hill & Ellis we know that dressing for the ride is not just about the journey but also the destination, so we have created a range which looks as good on your arm as it does on the bike so you can travel from home to bike to boardroom to bar with a touch of panache.

To get your 10% off today use the code "GoodBlackFriday" at checkout: www.hillandellis.com/shop

Also: Check out their Q&A with our founder Merlin here




By: Luke Dubuis

Posted: Tue, 10/11/2015 - 17:19

We’ve just published our Annual Report and we have brilliant news! As we wrap up our 18th year of service, and head towards our second decade in operation, Re~Cycle has gained forward momentum and entered a period of serious expansion. 2014 has seen records from all previous years in all departments broken - with significant growth in all areas. Read the full report below!

Download re-cycle_annual_report_accounts_2014_final.pdf (4.86 MB)




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