Bike Back is an innovative bike recycling project run by Life Cycle UK at HMP Bristol. We teach prisoners the skills to refurbish broken and unwanted bikes so local people can unlock the benefits of cycling for themselves and their communities. We sell refurbished bikes and also offer bike servicing and repairs to the general public from our workshop in Horfield. To find out more about our work, watch the video and use the page menu below.
Our bike workshop will be open during the lockdown period.Bike shops are considered an essential service so we are still offering bike servicing and repairs, as well as selling refurbished bikes and taking bike donations.
Watch the Bike Back video
How Bike Back works
We take donations of unwanted bikes and teach prisoners the skills to strip down, repair and rebuild them until they're running like new. Once fixed, the bikes are safety checked by our mechanics, then sold at affordable prices to help local people to get cycling. We offer additional discounts to people on low incomes to help them save on transport costs.
Bike Back offers prisoners the chance to gain a City & Guilds qualification in cycle mechanics, whilst giving back to the local community. The men gain employable skills and get to experience working inside a bike workshop. For many of the men, this will be the first qualification they have earned and a taste of rewarding, enjoyable work in a supportive, constructive environment.
"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” – Max, prisoner
We also save bikes from landfill by getting hundreds of bikes back into use each year.