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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.

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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




By: Luke Dubuis

Posted: Fri, 08/05/2015 - 15:27

Re~Cycle April 2015

Since the end of April we have sent 10 containers of bicycles to our partners in Africa, loaded with a total of 4,509 bikes. That’s more bikes than we sent in the whole of 2012!

Recent shipments to The Village Bicycle Project in Ghana and The Kaloko Trust in Zambia have set new records for the number of bikes loaded - over 500 in each compared to an average of 428 bikes per container last year. 

The total number of bikes sent now stands at 65,317 and although it wasn't long ago that our 60,000th bike arrived in Kenya, we are now looking forward to the next milestone of 70,000 bikes!

Village bicycle Project bikes heading to the upper west region of the Ghana.

Another container of Re~Cycle bikes being delivered to our Ghanaian partners Ability Bikes Cooperative.

Thanks to Re~Cycle the interest in bicycle repairs has reached the students of WYCE School. Saul, who has been on a training programme for bicycle repairs and maintenance has a group of students who come to the lodge to learn new skills!

This year we’ve already managed to send four containers full of bikes to the Village Bicycle Project! They’ve been incredibly busy in 2015, running bike programmes across Ghana that provide affordable transport, maintenance workshops and riding classes to help schoolchildren become confident riders!
 



By: Luke Dubuis

Posted: Thu, 16/04/2015 - 13:27

Victoria Pendleton donates her bike at her local Halfords store

We are proud to announce a nationwide trade-in event with our corporate partner Halfords!

Between Thursday 16th and Monday 20th April, you can donate your bike at any of Halfords’ 460 stores.  By doing so you will have the option of receiving 10% off a new bike!

Olympic Champion Victoria Pendleton helped Halfords launch the trade in campaign when she visited her local Halfords store in Aylesbury to donate one of her own bikes from her exclusive range for Halfords.

Victoria said, “I am really pleased to be able to donate one of my Pendleton bikes in store to help this great cause – we often think riding our bikes is to keep fit and healthy, but for many a bike is so much more than that. This initiative shows that even an old bike can really make a difference and change a life.”

Emma Thomas, head of community at Halfords said, “Not only can our customers get 10% off a new bike, but they can also know their outgrown or unwanted bike has gone to a fantastic cause that is transforming lives in Africa.”

Adult bikes are the most needed, but all bikes that are in a reasonable condition, including kids’ bikes, will be accepted provided they are complete with no cracks in the frame and less than 25% rust.

To locate your closest Halfords store please click here 

FAQ

What sort of bikes will be accepted?

The bikes that have the most benefit for Re~Cycle are mountain bikes for teenagers and adults however all bikes that are in a reasonable condition, including kids' bikes, will be accepted.

What is meant by 'reasonable' condition?

Any bikes traded-in must be complete with no cracks to the frame. Worn / missing cables and flat tyres are acceptable but - because we want to recycle the bikes - we can't accept something that's sat at the bottom of a canal for years or has over 25% rust! Acceptance of the bike is at the store's discretion.

Can I donate more than one bike?

You can donate as many bikes as you want to over the offer period, but only one 10% discount can be redeemed per bike purchase.

If I trade in a kids' bike can I get 10% off an adult bike?

The 10% discount will apply to a new Halfords bike purchased over the offer period, regardless of the bike traded in, provided a 'Customer Declaration of Ownership' Form is signed confirming ownership.

Can I use the 10% discount in conjunction with any other store offers?

Yes, you can use the offer in conjunction with other valid in-store offers, with the exception of friends and family.

Can I do this online?

The offer is available online when you use 'click and collect'. If you reserve your bike online, take your old bike into store, and pay for your bike in-store before Monday 20th April 2015.

Do I have to purchase a bike to donate a bike?

Not at all, you are welcome to donate any unwanted bikes between 16th to 20th April 2015.

Can I get my old bike back if I change my mind?

Once a bike has been accepted and a Customer Declaration of Ownership form has been signed, unfortunately it won't be possible to get the bike back.

Can I donate a bike at Halfords at any time?

Bikes can only be donated during the offer period - between the 16th and the 20th April 2015. A list of stores that can accept bikes after the trade-in event can be found here.

Please help with the cost of sending bikes On average it costs around £10 to get a bike to Africa. If you'd like to help towards the cost, you can either make a donation in the collection tin at your Halfords store, or online via www.justgiving.com/Halfords-Re-Cycle.




By: Luke Dubuis

Posted: Wed, 15/04/2015 - 16:02

Saturday 25th April 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, 10/04/2015 - 16:20

We are excited to announce that Re~Cycle is the official charity partner of The StreetVelodrome Series 2015.

The StreetVelodrome Series 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. The televised StreetVelodrome Series 2015 will take teams of pro riders around the country. The teams will be joined by the locally qualifying amateur riders helping them compete for the top slot on the series medal table. All riders compete on identically prepared single speed race bikes. Entry to the event for participants and spectators is completely free. The series will be televised in the UK and overseas in more than 180 countries. 

During the course of the StreetVelodrome Series, participants and visitors to each round of the Series will be encouraged to get behind Re~Cycle’s important work.  More details of the campaign which will be an integral part of the 2015 UK StreetVelodrome Series will be announced shortly.

Series Director Carl Thompson commented “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.

Merlin Matthews, Founder and CEO of Re~Cycle said ”We are thrilled to be working with StreetVelodrome who like Re~Cycle are committed to delivering long lasting benefits to communities through the power of bicycles.  Since 1997, Re~Cycle has sent over 60,000 bikes to its trusted partners in Africa, helping over 360,000 people.  With the public’s support, our partnership with StreetVelodrome will help us ensure even more people in Africa have access to a bicycle and all the benefits which it brings.  

Look out for more information about our partnership, coming soon. For more information on StreetVelodrome and the UK Series, visit www.streetvelodrome.co.uk




By: Derek Balcombe

Posted: Thu, 02/04/2015 - 13:51

Re~Cycle is busier than ever and we are looking for someone to help with our increased success...

Part Time: 9:30 - 2:30 Monday - Friday

Salary: £16,500 pa, pro-rata

Millions of unwanted bicycles are rusting in garages or being thrown away in the UK, while in Africa, a four-hour daily walk is common. Mothers collect clean water, parents trek to the farm, factory or market, and children face a 20 mile walk to school and back. The charity collects unwanted bikes, parts and tools in the UK and ships them to Africa, over 64,000 so far. There, our trusted and capable partners refurbish and maintain the bikes, to ensure a long life. Many teach local people to repair their own bikes, helping them to improve their lives in a sustainable way.

The successful candidate will have:

Recent experience of administration in a fast moving workplace
Excellent computer skills and a confident phone manner
Ability to field front line contact with the charity
Ability to work as part of a team – the role requires collaboration with both managers and peers
The post holder must be self motivated and able to work on his/her own initiative
Confidence to manage and prioritise a varied workload

If that sounds like you and you would like to work with a young, enterprising charity with ambitious plans for growth, please see below on how to apply and to download a Job Description and Person Specification.

Application Procedure

Please click here to download an application form (once you have clicked on the link you will need to click download and then direct download to access and complete the form in Word) and email the completed form to: jobs@re-cycle.org

Closing Date: Midday Monday 20th April 2015

Shortlisted candidates will be notified by 5pm on Thursday 23rd April 2015

Interviews: Wednesday 29th April at Re~Cycle, Wormingford, Colchester, Essex CO6 3AJ

Details and background:

Click here to view the Job Description and Person Specification

Watch an 8 minute video about us at http://www.re-cycle.org/Video/Mighty-Bike

Misc:

Location - Wormingford, Near Colchester, Essex
Staff - we have a small Staff of 5 based at Colchester but many wonderful volunteers
Informal work environment




By: Luke Dubuis

Posted: Thu, 12/03/2015 - 16:23

Re~Cycle Bike Sale 28th March

Saturday 28th March 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 Colchester University 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.

On Saturday the 28th of March 2015, Re~Cycle will be holding its end of the month bike sale. 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: Thu, 12/03/2015 - 14:51

Re~Cycle is delighted to have given its 60,000th bike from the UK to a new owner in Mombasa, Kenya. Stephen, an orphan aged 16 in south-west Kenya, said: “I had never gotten a bike of my own. So I am very grateful and happy for being given this bike”.

Stephen was living on the streets from the age of 10, after having troubles at home. He attended a street soccer programme run by Re~Cycle’s partner organisation in Kenya, Glad’s House. Through Glad’s House he received support, education and counselling sessions. The bike will enable Stephen to get around Mombasa quickly, getting to and from school.

Thousands of young people live on the streets of Mombasa, Kenya. For these children life has always been a struggle for survival, often leading to the misuse of alcohol, drugs and a life of crime. Glad’s House purpose is to help as many ‘street children & youths’ as possible so that they can lead a ‘normal life’ and realise their potential.

Street children in Kenya are perceived as ‘chokora’ – a Swahili word loaded with negative connotations associated with scavenging for food from rubbish tips. Street children are from diverse backgrounds. Some are from abusive homes or have been abandoned by their parents. Others have lost their parents to HIV/AIDS or dropped out of school to support their families.

Glad's House is a charity that aims to help street children return to a ‘normal’ way of life. They do this in a number of ways:

  • Reuniting children with their families using their team of social workers. Alternatively, they help place the children with foster families.
  • Placing children in full-time education
  • Sports programmes to engage with the children and youths and provide practical and emotional support.
  • Enterprise schemes that provide training and apprenticeships for young adults.

The bicycle project, 'Glad's House Bikes', has been established as a not for profit company to repair and sell reasonably priced and good quality bicycles to the local community.

The project provides cheap transport to assist young people start working for themselves. This is either for affordable transport to and from work or to assist them with their work (carrying and/or delivering). Funds raised from the bike project pay for schoolteachers, food and sports equipment.

Household research in Ghana has found that, on average, each bike is used between six and nine people, often shared within a family and borrowed by other village members or friends. That means, having recently shipped our 60,000th bike, that we’ve helped change the lives of at least 360,000 people!

There are many more children like Stephen who could benefit from the use of a bike. Help us give the power of the pedal  - take part in a cycling challenge for Re~Cycle this year

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