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  • Who donates parts to local bike kitchen type places ?
  • weeksy
    Full Member

    Just having a bit of a clear out at home and going to take a load of stuff to hopefully turn into newly used bike parts.

    So far i’ve got a load of wheels, well, 5 of them. Lots of various mechs, shifters, brakes, chains, cassettes that all will never be used by me again… So they’ll go to a place the fixes/repairs bikes

    duncancallum
    Full Member

    I’m collecting a big box of stuff in my clearout that’ll go to out local scheme

    ads678
    Full Member

    Yeah i’ve taken a load of stuff, and will do again once I’ve gathered more bits and peices if they’re not saleable.

    the-muffin-man
    Full Member

    I emailed a couple local to me earlier in the year as I’d sorted a load of 9spd stuff before moving house.

    Neither could even bother to reply.

    So if anyone knows of any near Matlock who want some bits they’re stuck in my office.

    finbar
    Free Member

    Any in Sheffield? I’ve got some perfectly fine 26″ tyres I don’t really want to bin, but will never use.

    TiRed
    Full Member

    I donate to Re-cycle in Uxbridge. They’ve had bikes, tyres, parts. And a baby seat #theygrowupsofast

    See the hoarding thread…

    chakaping
    Free Member

    I emailed a couple local to me earlier in the year as I’d sorted a load of 9spd stuff before moving house.

    Neither could even bother to reply.

    They probably never look at the email, as they’re too busy trying to make rusty, POS bikes work well enough to give to the needy.

    Just give ’em a bell or pop in with a box, I’m sure they’ll be very happy.

    kerley
    Free Member

    Have given loads of stuff over the years as I know the person who runs one close to me as met him when he was buying some stuff from me

    mert
    Free Member

    Friend of mine works for this charity in Hull if anyone’s got stuff that is taking up space…

    https://www.r-evolution.org.uk/bike-project.html

    dexa
    Full Member

    Reading Bike Kitchen has all my bits and bobs. Keeps the shed and work bench clear. They also take any bike related gear, back packs, tools and clothes.

    They are not open all week, just at weekends, all run by volunteers. Great bunch of Guys, especially Fast Ray.

    vmgscot
    Full Member

    Popped a couple boxes of ‘might be useful one day’ spares and a full ’95 Cannondale M900 (setup as a nice light commuter) to a local cycle charity just before lock down.

    weeksy
    Full Member

    RBK is open a bit more according to a reply they just sent me

    We will be at Unit C10, Weldale Street, Reading, RG1 7BX – see the location page on the website. – for drop off on:

    Wednesdays 10.00 to 14.00

    Thursdays 17.00 to 20.00 – today

    Saturdays 10.00 to 14.0

    sandwicheater
    Full Member

    Our local one is Happy Dayes in Sowerby Bridge.

    The mechanic is the dude who does the regular ‘Back from the Dead’ feature.

    Nice bunch and always helping out the community and homeless.

    Dropped off a fair amount of stuff, from tyres to bikes.

    Means i can trump all day safe in the knowledge they will smell of roses, FACT.

    oldbloke
    Free Member

    Yup – The Bike Station in Edinburgh. Bought lots of bits from them too over the years to build kids bikes. I see it a bit like I just rent a part for a while and then it goes back when I don’t need it anymore.

    kayak23
    Full Member

    Yeah Action 21 in Leamington.
    Given them loads over the years.
    I imagine they have enormous fun with bike standards, especially on all the BSOs they have.

    I actually have a fixie, the frame of which I got out of their reject skip so basically, I’m even more of a recycleista than them!

    spacemonkey
    Full Member

    Hmm, hadn’t really thought of donating locally. Have a few spares in need of a new home so if anyone knows of such a place in Surrey let me know. I’ll have a look online too.

    dexa
    Full Member

    There is a Charity Bike place in Exeter, down by the Quay near the climbing centre. They have Bike stands and tools you can use, you have to book a stand in advance. They also do a Bike jumble sale every so often.

    monkeyboyjc
    Full Member

    I’ve donated a bunch of old tools to our local bike charity….

    fathomer
    Full Member

    We’ve given a fair few bits to the Alpkit Foundation.


    @finbar
    not quite Sheffield but Alpkit in Hathersage wouldn’t be to bad on the way home from a Peak ride depending on where you are.

    crossed
    Full Member

    @TiRed

    Was it this place you used?
    https://www.recycleabike.co.uk

    v7fmp
    Full Member

    we have one local to us, a couple of times a year i clear out old (but still usable) stuff and pop it down there.

    they are always grateful.

    Ones mans rubbish is another’s treasure!

    finbar
    Free Member

    @finbar not quite Sheffield but Alpkit in Hathersage wouldn’t be to bad on the way home from a Peak ride depending on where you are.

    Not having to drive to ride is why I live in Sheffield 😉 .

    But thanks, will have a Google and see if they’re interested in commuter stuff.

    5plusn8
    Free Member

    There is also Gnusmas, he helps out local kids, I send him a box of stuff every once in a while.

    mick_r
    Full Member

    I’d echo that they often aren’t IT savvy sit in the office type of places so a phone call or visit is better.

    Also surprising what they want – dropped the one in Blackburn some good stuff and had some 20 year old part worn green and skiddy Michelin Wildgrippers that were heading for the skip. They jumped at them – said their come for a free bike but build it yourself groups are always mad for coloured tyres.

    MoreCashThanDash
    Full Member

    Did it pre covid and need to do it again, tbh.

    Amongst the bits I gave them were a decent pair of wheels which they been looking for to complete one of their bike builds, made me feel good.

    intheborders
    Free Member

    Tweedbank, between Galashiels & Melrose, has a bike recycle workshop.

    I’ve had a couple of clearouts and taken it over – even part-worn tyres are useful, especially when they’re expensive ones.

    tjagain
    Full Member

    Bikestation in Edinburgh have had a load of stuff off me

    FOG
    Full Member

    A different gear on Thirlwell road in Sheffield recycle bikes and bits and support charities in Africa. I have taken loads of stuff and they always seem grateful. Once I mentioned that I had loads of surplus SPD pedals but thought they wouldn’t be interested. Not so, they help out young racers in Africa who otherwise wouldn’t have access to such parts

    configuration
    Free Member

    I’ve worked in a couple of such places, and the advice I’d give is to ask them what they actually need, rather than just dumping boxes of stuff off. Far too much of our time was spent having to sort through stuff, then dispose of a lot of unusable gear. Some of the most useful items are chains, cassettes/freewheels (in good condition obvs), tyres, stuff like grips, brake pads of various types, saddles. Consumables, basically. Because these are invariably scarce (in any decent state at least) and need to be bought in, which saps resources even further.

    As for ‘BSOs’; even some of the cheapest bikes can be made serviceable, as they are simple and basic. Full suspension BSOs should just be taken to the nearest recycling centre; we refused anything like that, unless it had other serviceable parts. But things like Shimano Tourney 5-6 speed mechs and shifters are absolute staples in being able to get basic bikes up and running. Posh stuff like XT etc, we sold on Ebay to raise funds for consumables.

    Please think about ‘donating’ carefully; don’t just dump off your old shit on someone who lacks the resources to deal with it all.

    matt_outandabout
    Full Member

    Please think about ‘donating’ carefully; don’t just dump off your old shit on someone who lacks the resources to deal with it all.

    This is why I have not donated much at all – most of our stuff is well worn, and I am replacing it for a reason. It is worn out.

    P20
    Full Member

    Yes, MCF Bikery in Shipley have taken bits

    dissonance
    Full Member

    Not really parts since they are generally knackered out when I have finished with them.
    I have donated a couple of old bikes over the years though.

    thegeneralist
    Full Member

    I did a thread about this recently, which the mods closed as they thought it was a stealth ad!
    Thankfully the mod then emailed me the recommendations für a manc based shop, so I took then a few wheels, frames, suspension forks and an “as new” SLX drivechain.

    The bloke was well excited at the place on Chorlton

    dyna-ti
    Full Member

    Thats where your kit is going when you pop your clogs.

    It will be ransacked through by the staff, them taking the choicest parts.

    stevious
    Full Member

    Yep. Used to volunteer at bike station in Edinburgh and gave a bunch of stuff to bike station Perth before we moved. Was nice to see our old helmets on their facebook page being used as hanging baskets.

    When I volunteered there my job was to take bikes apart and keep all the reusable bits. Most bikes had something to keep but the cheapo kids bikes were almost always landfill.

    thenorthwind
    Full Member

    Taken loads of stuff to my local over the years. Shout out to Recyke y’Bike https://recyke.bike/

    Please think about ‘donating’ carefully; don’t just dump off your old shit on someone who lacks the resources to deal with it all.

    I’m careful not to them shit they’re never going to use, but on the few occasions I’ve had stuff I’m not sure about, I’ve taken it along and asked them, because I’m happy to take it home and bin it myself if that’s where it’s destined. The response has been to accept it with barely a glance. I know they end up with a lot of scrap metal which they obviously make a bit of cash from, but they must send a lot of crap to landfill too.

    J-R
    Full Member

    @spacemonkey – in Guildford there is the Bike Project Surrey:
    https://bikeprojectsurrey.org

    finephilly
    Free Member

    Yes. Just remember ‘Charity’ means you give them something, not the other way around!
    Old stuff is fine, doesn’t need to be shiny but working stuff only.
    They’re always looking for help teaching skills as well, if you can fix bikes. Some will even let you use their tools eg for wheel-building.

    meikle_partans
    Free Member

    I donated a whole load of bits including an on one inbred 29er which I had repainted to Bike for Good in Glasgow about 5 years ago. Found it on Gumtree last month built up with a selection of my parts and other parts for sale for a couple of hundred quid by someone who clearly works for them.

    Fair enough I guess, but having had the pick of it, and got the use out of it, it could have been good to put it back into the charity. Although having written it out that seems a bit harsh, times are tight.

    davidr
    Full Member

    There is a Charity Bike place in Exeter, down by the Quay near the climbing centre. They have Bike stands and tools you can use, you have to book a stand in advance. They also do a Bike jumble sale every so often.

    This is Ride On – I can often be found there on a Saturday sorting through donated parts. We’re not really that fussed what’s donated – in the worst case if we can use it then we get (a small amount of) money for recycling the metal and we can make sure that the stuff gets recycled properly.

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