Back From The Dead – Our bike shop doesn’t run like yours

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Dieter works at our local social enterprise bike shop, and we’ve talked him into bringing us a few of his more ingenious and interesting fixes, alongside whatever commentary he might like to get off his chest. UPDATE! We just spotted that Happy Days Cycles, where Dieter works, is up for a Bike Biz award! Nice one! Voting link...

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  • Back From The Dead – Our bike shop doesn’t run like yours
  • Premier Icon kimbers
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    Was kinda hoping this was a Sick Bicylces story 😉

    But instead its actually really cool idea for a shop

    If I was local Id happily donate a lot of old spares!

    Premier Icon Matthew Hornby
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    FYI, if you get new air compressor with a larger tank, (I assume yours is a 24 litre standard Aldi/Lidl compressor) you’ll probably find yourself over the trigger point for needing an insurance safety inspection and written scheme under pressure systems safety regs.

    The limit is 250 Bar Litres, (compressor pressure X vessel capacity) so if you get an 8 bar compressor, you are limited to a 31 litre tank. It’s another layer of expense and complexity if you are using air compressors in a commercial setting. Not meant to sound preachy, but it’s not something that you’d commonly need to be aware of.

    Premier Icon nbt
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    What a great story. Is there an online resource listing places like this where we could potentially donate spare parts that could be reused?

    Premier Icon Hannah Dobson
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    @nbt I don’t think there is, but I’ve been talking to Dieter about trying to compile one 🙂

    Premier Icon Dieter Carroll
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    @Matthewhornby that’s good information to know! I’m happy to stick with our baby compressor if it saves any meaningless bureaucracy however i definitely need to fit it outside the workshop!
    Cheers for the tip man!

    Premier Icon Dieter Carroll
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    @Hannah dobson

    @nbt

    If anyone reading works for a similar bike project feel free to add your names and contacts here and we’ll get some kind of database going.

    Premier Icon nbt
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    Good call! the most obvious candidate is Puffa Jones’ “free bikes for kids” project in Newport, South wales


    https://www.facebook.com/groups/423103008385071/

    Closer to me in Stockport there’s Ceracycloan who I think do something similar to Dieter

    About Us

    Premier Icon matt_outandabout
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    https://www.recyke-a-bike.co.uk
    (Stirling area)

    Premier Icon thenorthwind
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    We have Recyke Y’Bike here in Newcastle (Byker) and in Durham.

    Home

    And for kids’ bikes in Bristol… https://www.apeproject.co.uk/ape-project

    Premier Icon Dieter Carroll
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    These are all great guys, more results than google already!

    Premier Icon alexpalacefan
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    Ridewise in Nottingham.

    APF

    Premier Icon zerocool
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    Julian House Bike Workshop in Bath
    Julian House Bike Workshop

    Premier Icon ambrose
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    Paging Gnusmas 😊

    Premier Icon Sandwich
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    Genesis Orwell Mencap here in Ipswich use bike refurbishment as therapy for their clients.

    Premier Icon Speeder
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    The Charity Bike Shop Cheltenham

    part of/associated with http://www.cyclistsfc.org.uk I think

    It’s where I’m taking most of my redundant spares at the moment.

    Premier Icon onewheelgood
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    Action 21 in Leamington

    The Cycle Recycler in Kenilworth

    Premier Icon rfreeman
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    Cycles Recycled in Clitheroe: https://cyclesrecycled.org/

    Premier Icon matt_outandabout
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    STW yellow pages. I like this.

    Premier Icon IAIN COLE
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    Cycle Saviours, Milton Keynes.

    Milton Keynes Cycle Saviours

    Premier Icon dangeourbrain
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    Another for the list then
    Resurrection bikes in Harrogate

    Premier Icon scruffywelder
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    https://www.rebikecumbria.co.uk/ Rebike Cumbria in Carlisle

    Premier Icon marko
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    Chepstow:

    Forest UPcycle.

    Premier Icon Matt Kendall
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    There’s also a branch of Cyclists Fighting Cancer in Chorlton.

    I do pickups for them across South Manchester, so if you can’t get to Chorlton I can come to you!

    Premier Icon Dieter Carroll
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    There’s street bikes in liversedge that recycle bikes but also run cycling sessions for any people of any ability on their dedicated circuit.

    They even have adaptive bikes!

    Premier Icon Dieter Carroll
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    Oh! And st augustines refugee centre in Halifax as well!
    They have some great stuff going on, Ian offers refugees training to fix/build their own bikes and takes them out riding all over Calderdale!

    Premier Icon zbonty
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    Here’s another https://www.readingbicyclekitchen.org/

    Premier Icon TomB
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    Local fella who has MS recycles old bikes to raise money for MS charities, bit if a local hero!

    Keswick recycle a bike

    In fact, I reckon there’s a great STW story in this @STWHannah

    Premier Icon Graham_Clark
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    Crewe: Community Recycle Cycles
    Stafford: Back 2 Bikes

    Premier Icon huck2flat
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    Glasgow : https://www.bikeforgood.org.uk/

    Premier Icon anne
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    I recently donated an old frame and boxs of parts I’d hoarded but knew I’d never use.

    They work from HMP Horfield (outside the walls) open to the public, refurbish old bikes and sell onto the community.

    https://www.lifecycleuk.org.uk/bike-recycling

    Premier Icon stingmered
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    There’s also a branch of Cyclists Fighting Cancer in Chorlton.

    I do pickups for them across South Manchester, so if you can’t get to Chorlton I can come to you!

    I lived in Chorlton for 10 years and found that the quickest way to recycle bikes was to leave one around the four-banks area; locked, unlocked, guard-dog etc… it didn’t matter. Soon enough it was off to a new owner…

    (Great work on the pickups and the cause though, kudos!)

    Premier Icon trisysjoint
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    https://www.lifecycleuk.org.uk/derby

    These guys in Derby too !

    Premier Icon angrycat
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    In between Wood Green and Palmers Green – https://bikesforgoodcauses.co.uk

    Premier Icon Ben
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    I used to work for Nottingham Bikeworks, they do great things for the community but it was an awful place to work.

    Premier Icon slowol
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    Route 1 coffee house and bike repair / recycle in Redcar.

    https://www.route1coffeehouse.com/about-us

    Facebook page is showing Sophellies cheesecake on the menu so even more reasons to go!

    Premier Icon Nick
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    I’m spannering for this charity in the North East https://watbike.co.uk/
    We do used bike refurbs and sales, regular servicing, maintainance classes, ebike hire, guided rides and more. Also have a barn full of old/obscure parts and there’s a cafe on site.

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