Bike Back - Derby

Bike Back Derby is is a community bicycle recycling initiative which aims to keep Derby moving, reduce congestion and increase active travel - whilst training prisoners as qualified cycle mechanics. 

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

Refurbished bikes are sold weekly from our Derby workshop - as well as periodic sales around Derby City Centre. If you are on a low-income and need an affordable bike, come along to our next sale.

Donate a Bike

We urgently need donations of unwanted bikes. Donate your bike.


We also offer quality bike servicing and repairs at affordable prices. Visit our workshop or call us on 01332 987 250 to book in.


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