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Donate a Bike

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If you have an adult bicycle that's gathering cobwebs in your garage, shed or attic, it would mean the world to us if you could donate it to our "Bike Back" project. To help us to process donated bikes and get the most out of each donation, we ask that you take 30 seconds to read the guidelines below, before donating your bike. Then scroll on to find our drop-off points in Bristol and Derby. Thank you so much for donating!


What bikes do we take?

We are grateful for every donation, but please do consider that some bikes may be beyond repair and require scrapping. Ideally, we do NOT normally take:

  1. Bikes for small children (our Derby workshop cannot take any children's bikes). Please pass them on within your community.
  2. Very rusty bikes (i.e. left outside in the rain for months).


Please "Gift Aid" your donated bike!

If you can, adding Gift Aid to your bike donation will really help us out! It means that after we refurbish your bike, we can claim an extra 25% of the sale price from HMRC. So if we sell your bike for £100 we can claim an extra £25 in Gift Aid. If everyone does that, it really adds up - so we can transform even more lives through cycling! 

It's so easy to Gift Aid your bike donation!

  1. Take 20 seconds to check you are eligible here.
  2. Securely label your bike with your surname and postcode.
  3. Drop your bike(s) off at one of the points listed below.
  4. Sign up as a Gift Aid donor during bike drop off (please note that we are currently unable to sign up Gift Aid donors at The Create Centre).

Find out more information by reading our Gift Aid FAQs and by reading the agency agreement.


Our bike drop-off points

We are a small charity without access to a vehicle, so we ask that our donors kindly drop off bikes at the following locations. You leave bikes at any time - there's no need to call ahead.



19 Cambridge Road, Bristol, BS7 8PS. Our workshop is based in Bristol Prison's car park. The prison car park is often full so we recommend parking in the residential rounds around the prison. Enter the prison car park, turn right and our workshop is at the far end of the car park through the high silver gates with a wheel on.

The CREATE Centre, Smeaton Road, Bristol, BS1 6XN. You can park in the loading area and drop the bike into CREATE Reception. The CREATE Centre is open 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday to Friday. There is no need to call ahead. However, please call ahead if you require help unloading bikes from your car. Call us on 0117 353 4580, Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.



Unit 1, Siddals Road, Derby DE1 2QE. You can find us right next door to the Alexandra Hotel where you will see a wide gated access to a business yard with our big blue Bike Back Derby sign.  Parking is free in the yard.



What happens next?

Your bike will then go on a journey to getting a new lease of life:

  1. It will be stripped down and completely refurbished by people at local prisons, as part of their cycle mechanic training.
  2. Our qualified mechanics thoroughly safety-check the bikes.
  3. We sell the bikes at affordable prices to help local people unlock the benefits of cycling.  

All income goes straight back into the project to help prisoners gain employable skills and a recognised qualification.  Thanks to you, the prisoners we train have the chance to build a brighter future upon release. Click here to watch our "Bike Back" video.



Live or work in a place with lots of abandoned bikes?

We want to hear from anyone who has access to larger stocks of unwanted and abandoned bikes! All we ask is that they are salvageable (please read the information on this page to see what we can and can't take). If you think you can help, we would love to hear from you! Please email office@lifecycleuk.org.uk to discuss the next steps. 


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