Bike Back Bristol is an innovative bicycle refurbishment project run by Life Cycle UK, in partnership with HMP Bristol.
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 at the Life Cycle Hub - a publically accessible space at HMP Bristol every Friday 10am - 3:30pm. We try to open as many Saturdays from 9:30 - 1:30 as we can - view details of our upcoming sales. We also hold occasional "pop-up" bike sales elsewhere which will be listed on our upcoming sales page.
PLEASE PAY BY CARD IF POSSIBLE.
Bikes for those on a low income
We have partnered with local authorities to offer Wheels to Work which can help you access a bike to travel to interviews, training and work.
Details of discounts and eligibility criteria here.
Donate a Bike
We urgently need donations of unwanted bikes. Donate a bike.
Work with us
We are currently recruiting for a Workshop Instructor and a Bike Sales Mechanic for our Bike Back team. Visit our jobs page for more information.