Bike Back - Derby

Bike Back Derby is Life Cycle's bike refurbishment scheme for Derby and part of Connected - an exciting new local travel initiative which aims to keep Derby moving.

The scheme provides affordable refurbished bikes to local people in Derby to help them access work, employment and other facilities by bike, whilst contributing to Derby City Council's aims to reducing congestion and increasing active travel.

How it works:

Bike Back Derby takes in donations of unwanted bicycles from the public that are unused and gathering dust and rust and completely refurbish them to a state better than new.  All this work is undertaken by inmates at HMP Stocken, a category C prison near Nottingham, where they work towards and gain a level 2 City and Guilds qualification in cycle mechanics. 

The bicycles are then returned back to Derby to be used by low income beneficiaries through schemes ran by our growing list of partners: Wheels to Work, The University of Derby, Derby Royal Hospital, Sustrans and Derby City Council.

The benefits

As well as reducing the flow of bikes to landfill and giving new life to old bikes, the project provides productive employment, training and nationally accredited City & Guilds qualifications for prisoners at HMP Stocken.

The project also aims to provide support to prisoners that have been involved with the project following their release, helping them to make better life choices and ultimately, to gain employment.  By gaining valuable experience through the Bike Back Derby project participants can work on a project that has positive community benefits and one that cuts reoffending rates.

Bike Sales

We hold periodic bike sales in and around the Derby City Centre.  If you are on a low-income, want to start cycling and need an affordable bike, then come along to our next sale.

Bike Donations

We urgently need donations of unwanted bikes.  If you have an unwanted bike you no longer ride, then please consider giving it to us.


We are currently looking for volunteers who can give up say half a day a week to help with our bike recycling project at our workshop in Derby.  We are looking for anyone with an interest in bikes that may have some mechanical experience or who could help out with events and administration.  We are a member of Community Action Derby and have our volunteer opportunities listed here.

Mechanics wanted

Bike Back Derby is recruiting freelance mechanics. If you are a good bike mechanic and interested in working for us please get in touch.