Bike Back - Bristol

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) update

In order to protect our staff, volunteers and customers we have temporarily closed our workshop to the public. However, we are now selling bikes online via eBay. Click here to find out more and start shopping.

We would still welcome bike donations - provided your journey falls within Government guidelines and it is safe for you to do so. In order to minimise human contact, please leave your donated bike outside the shutters. And don't forget to Gift Aid your donated bike, if you can. Click here for more information on bike donations and Gift Aid.

Thank you for your business, loyalty and patience.

The Bike Back Bristol Team


What is "Bike Back"?

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 in the car park of HMP Bristol. We also hold occasional "pop-up" bike sales elsewhere. Our opening hours are listed here.  


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. You can Gift Aid these bike donations by filling in our short form before you take your bike to the drop off point.

You can find more information about Gift Aid in our FAQs.

Donate your bike.


We are looking for skilled volunteer bike mechanics who can give up half a day a week on a regular basis. Click here to find out more, then get in touch with Rich our volunteer coordinator.

Work with us

Visit our jobs page for more information.