Bike Back - Bristol

Bike Back Bristol is an innovative bicycle refurbishment project run by Life Cycle UK, in partnership with HMP Bristol and supported by The Big Lottery Fund.

How it works

Life Cycle takes donations of unwanted bicycles from the public and teaches prisoners at HMP Bristol the mechanic skills to strip down, repair and rebuild them. Once fixed, bikes are sold on at affordable prices to help people on lower incomes to get a bike, start cycling and reduce their transport costs.


Bike Back offers prisoners the chance to gain City & Guilds accredited qualifications in Cycle Mechanics. Ultimately, we hope to help some prisoners gain employment as bike mechanics on release.

"I’m really enjoying education, learning things here that I haven't on the outside. I was crap at school. I was expelled at 12. It’s boosted my confidence big time” – prisoner

The project also produces hundreds of affordable refurbished bikes for use by local people each year.

Buy a Bike

We hold bike sales from a publically accessible space in the HMP Brsitol car park every Thursday. We also hold occasional "pop up" bike sales in Bristol City Centre - view details of our upcoming sales.

Donate a Bike

We urgently need donations of unwanted bikes. Find out how to donate your bike.


We are looking for volunteer bike mechanics who can give up half a day a week on a regular basis. Click here to download an information sheet. If you're interested in getting involved, fill out this short application form.

Referral Scheme

We can offer partner organisations in Bristol who work with individuals on very low incomes access to bikes for their clients at reduced cost. Contact us for more details.