Are you conscious of trying not to always buy something new and shiny or keen to make savings by upgrading your steed for something pre-loved that you may not otherwise be able to afford? Then give the www.roadcycleexchange.com a try. They sell, buy and part-exchange bikes with access to privately pre-owned bikes as well as things like the fleet ridden by Hot Chillee which is replaced each season. RCE also sell clothing and components, they service bikes and run a small coffee shop. Newer cyclists are especially welcome and their motto is No question is a silly question!
Road Cycle Exchange
020 8546 8289 | firstname.lastname@example.org | 139 Richmond Road, Kingston-upon-Thames KT2 5BZ
Kids Bike Xchange
020 3002 0904 | email@example.com | 50 Craneford Way, Twickenham TW2 7SE
A brand new leasing scheme for kids' bikes. Instead of buying a brand new bike each time your kid grows out of their old one, KBX will lease you a bike which you can exchange for the next size up the moment you need it.
All KBX bikes are premium brand, fully serviced, second hand bikes for kids aged approximately 3 to 12. An annual lease costs from £55 to £95 depending on the size. There's a one-off joining fee of £30 but you can save £15 off this fee when you lease your first bike. Use the code SPRING18 at the checkout to receive your discount.
Bikes can be browsed and leased online or you can arrange to view bikes first at the Twickenham workshop.
Rather than take your bike to the tip or leave it to rust outside in the garden or shed, why not put your old bike to good use by donating it to one of the following recycle shops. Each has their own particular 'good cause' as their raison d'etre whether it be bikes for refugees, giving access to training and employment for those on the margins, community-based health projects or inclusivity for mental health sufferers, you can find details of where to donate below. We have included projects in different locations across London:
The Bike Project
Donation points across London. Closest to SW London is Isleworth. Check the website for more information. “London is a great city, bursting with opportunities – but it's also expensive especially when you're a refugee trying to navigate the complex asylum process on just £36 a week. At The Bike Project, we believe that no one should have to choose between eating a square meal and catching the bus. That's why we do bikes.”
RC donates bikes to Africa via their partner Bikes4Africa
“Many African children live in remote communities, a long way from their nearest school. Without reliable, affordable, motorised transport the only way they can get to school is to walk. In searing heat, their journey to education on foot is a daily epic mission. Having a bicycle makes a world of difference for these children, their families and also their communities.”
Bikes4Africa refurbishes donated second-hand bikes and delivers them from the UK to African schools, where they enable children to...
Located in Maidenhead, the Cycle Hub is passionate about cycling and the wide range of benefits it brings. In order to get more people involved in cycling the Hub runs apprentice mechanic schemes. This gives valuable experience of the world of work and bike maintenance, as well as a nationally recognised qualification through an external training provider. After a year as an Apprentice with Maidenhead Cycle Hub they support apprentices into positions with local cycle shops or as mechanics. In all of their employability work they target those furthest from the jobs market, including those with low academic attainment, with no or limited experience of working or with specific challenges. The Hub also supports long term volunteering placements for local residents wanting to get experience of working as a mechanic but who are not yet ready for an Apprenticeship position.
Ace of Clubs
Ace Of Clubs, St Alphonsus Rd, London SW4 7AS
Tel: 020 7720 2811 or 020 7720 0178
Ace Bike Club Goals
Guildford Bike Project
109 Southway, Guildford GU2 8DQ
01483 440742 (shop opening hours only)
“The idea of the Bike Project is simple. We take in donations of unwanted bicycles from the general public and organisations and refurbish them while providing essential work experience to unemployed adults and young people. We sell the refurbished bikes to members of the local community for an affordable price, thus providing a sustainable and healthy transport option. The income from sales of the bikes sustains the project. We do all this with the support of volunteers.
We also service bikes and we provide both informal and accredited training in cycle mechanics at our workshops in Guildford and Walton-on-Thames. We run confidence-building, employability and life skills programmes.
A unique selling point is that by focusing on bicycles we can encourage those who might not otherwise engage, young people and adults alike, to cross boundaries - literally and figuratively. Cycling can enable exploration beyond one's immediate neighbourhood by providing a means of independent transportation giving the freedom to travel locally and beyond - to school, college, and work. It also cuts across social boundaries; enabling people to meet others with like interests that otherwise would not be realized.”
138 Cambridge Heath Road
Bikeworks is a not for profit bike shop based in London. “At Bikeworks we sell bikes, repair bikes and provide teaching and training to help you ride or fix your bike better. We were created in 2006 with a mission is to actively change lives and provide positive experiences using the bicycle. At the heart of this is our community cycling hub in Bethnal Green where we: sell, repair, delivery classes in bicycle repair, provide cycle training on an inclusive basis where people can cycle together regardless of age, impairment or experience."
Recycle a Bike and The Rusty Bike Café
Recycle a Bike or RAB recycles, services, builds and sells both new and second hand bikes. They also operate the Rusty Bike Café (Rockingham Parade, Fassnidge Park, Uxbridge UB8 2UW) which is run on a not-for-profit basis.
“We recycle unwanted bicycles providing affordable bikes to the local community and help reduce the number of bikes that end up in landfill. Recycle-a-Bike is a volunteer-based organisation that helps people that suffer from mental health illness and provides support, training and a stepping stone back to employment.”