Bike Back - Derby

 Bike Back Derby is Life Cycle's bike refurbishment scheme for DerbyBike Back Derby is 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 accreditted City & Guilds qualifications for prisoners.  The project also aims to provide support to prisoners that have been involved with the project, following their release.  Reach participants are given a bridge to employment and motivational focus through continuing their cycle maintenance work.  This in turn helps 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 postive community benefits and one that cuts reoffending rates.

Bike Back Derby is a two year program supported by the Department for Transport and administered by Derby City Council and form,s part of their Connected project. 

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.

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.

Mechanics wanted

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


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.

Want to get involved?

To find out how you can get involved then give us a call or please follow the links below.

Bike Back Derby is only possible because of the support of Ethos Cycles.