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Bike Back - Derby

Bike Back is an innovative bike recycling project run by Life Cycle Derby in partnership with local prisons. We take donations of unwanted bikes so prisoners can learn to refurbish them as part of their bicycle mechanics training. The fixed bikes are returned to the community so local people can unlock the benefits of cycling. We sell refurbished bikes and also offer bike servicing and repairs to the general public from our workshop in Derby city centre. To find out more about our work, use the page menu below.  

We are still open during Covid-19 restrictions.

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About Bike Back Derby

We are a community bicycle recycling initiative which aims to help local people feel healthier and more connected - whilst reducing congestion and pollution. To do this we sell affordable bikes that have been refurbished by men from local prisons. 

Recycling bikes and transforming lives

We take donations of unwanted bicycles from the public that are gathering dust and completely refurbish them to get them back into use. The work is undertaken by prisoners at HMP Stocken, HMP Nottingham, HMP Swinfen Hall and HMP Sudbury who work towards a "Level 2" City & Guilds qualification in Cycle Mechanics. 

The fixed bicycles are brought back to Derby and sold at affordable prices to help more local people to start cycling, particularly those on a low-income.  Our partners include Wheels to Work, University of Derby, Derby Royal Hospital and Sustrans.


The scheme reduces the flow of old bikes to landfill and provides employment, training and nationally accredited City & Guilds qualifications for prisoners.

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.

Buy a Bike

Click here for information about how you can purchase an affordable, refurbished bike


We are now open to the general public for servicing and repairs. Click here for more information and to book.

Workshop location

Unit 1, Siddals Road, Derby DE1 2QE. Telephone: 01332 987250.


We are looking for anyone with an interest in bikes who has some mechanical experience or can help out with events and administration, who can give up half a day a week. More details here. Interested? Contact jon.symons@lifecycleuk.org.uk