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Bike Back - Derby

Coronavirus update

In order to protect our staff, volunteers and customers we have made some changes to our service: 

Bike donations

We would still welcome bike donations - provided your journey falls within Government guidelines and it is safe for you to do so. Click here for more information on bike donations and Gift Aid.

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. 

How it works

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

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.


Our workshop is currently closed for bike servicing but we are planning to open for key workers very soon. Please follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for information and updates: @LifeCycleDerby


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