Here at Leeds Bike Mill we have been recycling bikes for over two years now, and some of you have been asking where do all of our bikes go?
Back on the roads
Most of the bikes we receive are refurbished and put on sale. We try to do this as affordably as we can, to help make cycling accessible and get as many bikes back on the road as possible. You can see the bikes we currently have for sale here.
In addition to this, we like to give bikes to people through other projects wherever possible. For example, we are currently running an earn-a-bike programme with women refugees and asylum seekers thanks to funding from Leeds Community Foundation.
Last year, we also gave away over 60 bikes and accessories to job seekers, care leavers and young people through a Getting Transport to Work project with WY Metro (West Yorkshire Combined Authority.)
Lastly, some of the bikes we receive are too worn out to repair. However, with these, we recycle as much as possible by stripping all the useful parts off so they can be used again. We hold open volunteer days for stripping these bikes as it’s a really useful way to learn how bikes are put together and how to use different tools. Join our email list for upcoming volunteer days (send a blank email to email@example.com )