During the COVID-19 lockdown we are still taking 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 workshop and do not enter the building for any reason.
Why donate a bike?
If you have an adult bicycle that's gathering cobwebs in your garage, shed or attic, please give it a new lease of life by donating it to Bike Back.
Your bike will be repaired by prisoners whilst they train as qualified cycle mechanics, then returned to the community to enable someone else to get cycling.
What bikes can 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:
- Bikes for small children (our Derby workshop cannot take any children's bikes). Please pass them on within your community.
- Very rusty bikes (i.e. left outside in the rain for months).
We are now able to Gift Aid bike donations! This means that after we refurbish your donated bike, we can claim an extra 25% of the sale price from HMRC. So, for example, if we sell your bike for £100 we can claim an extra £25 from HMRC.
Ultimately, this means we can invest more money back into our charitable work and transform even more lives through cycling!
How to Gift Aid your bike donation (it's easy!)
- Take 20 seconds to check you are eligible (you just need to be a UK taxpayer – click here for more details).
- Fill out our short, online form on your phone, computer or tablet (no need to print).
- Securely label your bike with your surname and post code.
- Drop your bike(s) off at one of three points below.
Where to drop your bike
We are a small charity without access to a vehicle, so we ask that our donors kindly drop off donated bikes to the following locations:
BRISTOL drop-off point
Directions: Enter the prison car park via the gates (tell them you are visiting Life Cycle). Turn right and our workshop is at the far end of the car park through the high silver gates with a wheel on.
For safety reasons during the COVID-19 outbreak, please leave donated bikes outside our blue shutters. You can do this at any time with no need to call ahead.
DERBY drop-off point
Unit 1, Canal Street, Derby DE1 2RJ.
For safety reasons during the COVID-19 outbreak, please leave donated bikes outside the workshop, by the shipping container. You can do this at any time with no need to call ahead.