The Upcycle Bike Project offering the following to the local community:
- Sale of refurbished bikes
- Apprenticeship opportunities for 2 people
- Chance to Earn a Bike for those on low income
- Workshops for 11-18yrs, Over 60s, Women, Men
- Volunteering opportunities
- Fixing and servicing of your bikes (by ifixbikes)
How to apply for the role of Apprentice Bike Mechanic: Deadline for applications 24th March 2019
Please read the following word documents if you are interested in this role. We look forward to hearing from you.
A diary of our progress made so far:
Jan 22nd: Ed, Matt, Nadine and Lon visit Bristol Bike Project. A truly inspirational project that shows just how successful this kind of thing can be. Lots going on and gained some really useful knowledge for the launch of our project.
24th January: We make contact with the council waste team who arrange a meeting for 8th February to see how they can support our plans.
24th January: The incredibly kind Krysia from Bristol Bike Project kindly sends us some info to help us get started.
27th January: Our facebook page is launched to a great reception from our customers and local cycling groups.
28th January; Ed and Matt get started on clearing out the gatehouse by removing old shelving and wall units.
29th January: Two grant applications have been made in an attempt to raise the funds for tools and bike stands. We await their decisions in the Spring.
30th January: Opened a just giving page to raise the funds needed for the tools to get this workshop started sooner rather than later:
31st January; Ordered the rubber matting required for the workshop floor. The bike is perched on the wall so people can find us.
1st Feb: Progress has been made on the workshop, with benches in place and tool boards on the wall.
1st February: We have passed £100 on our £5000 target on just giving page. Click on the picture to take you there……
5th February: The rubber flooring is laid and the metal trim is finished on the work benches.
6th February: Matt drove to Portsmouth to collect the bike stands for the workshop from Kestrel Bike Stands.
19th February – Local bike hire company, Pedalabikeaway in Cannop, Forest of Dean, very kindly donated loads of bikes and parts for us to get started on. Thanks so much!
21st February – First meeting of volunteers at the project – exciting times! Lots of people turned up, with a mixture of skills that they can share with each other. The group was very positive and we are all keen to get the project going.
25th February: Upcycle had a meeting with Five Lanes Household Waste Facility, to work out how we can work together to save more good bikes from landfill.
28th Feb: We start working on some bikes. Lots of skill sharing and a great vibe!
6th March – A great volunteer training workshop led by Ed. Lots of bikes dismantled and ready for refurb!
9th March – After realising how messy the bike maintenance business can be we ordered some aprons, which have now arrived to keep our volunteers as clean as possible! The bike in this picture was the first refurbished bike to be finished and sold by the team.
Every Thursday 5.30-7.30 we upcycle bikes – everyone welcome.