Changes at The Journey

We’re changing the way in which we operate our central Newcastle base The Journey. We’ll no longer be taking in bikes for servicing; staff and volunteers will be moving across to our Byker base in order to bring our team together and make efficient and effective use of our resources. The cafe will still be offering delicious food and wonderful coffee; they’ll also be selling a selection of our bikes on our behalf. You’ll be able to get the same friendly service from The Journey squad over at Brinkburn Street so bring your broken bikes to Byker!

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We’re recruiting!

We’re looking for a new mechanic to join the Recyke y’bike team!

Are you an experienced bike mechanic with a minimum of Cytech level 2 or Velotech Gold? Do you enjoy working as part of a team? Are you a confident communicator, able to pass on your knowledge to support our volunteers? Do you have strong attention to detail and a commitment to quality? Then we want to hear from you!

We’re offering 35 hours per week at £9.19 per hour with a generous pension plan.

To request an application pack contact sara@recyke.bike

Closing date for applications is Saturday 27th July. Interviews will take place on Tuesday 30th July.

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Recycled bikes help to get kids cycling safely

Recyke y’bike have been working with Newcastle City Council to provide a pool of 14 bikes to be used in the city’s Bikeability program for children who don’t have their own bikes.

It’s fantastic to be able to put donated bikes to such good use. Several schools had been in touch with Recyke y’bike over the past few months requesting bikes to borrow for Bikeability as many pupils don’t have their own and were missing out. We contacted the council to see if there was a more strategic approach that we could take to help as we were struggling to store and transport bikes to individual schools. We decided to create a pool of refurbished bikes which the Bikeability team will store and transport to sessions enabling everyone to take part.

Bikeability teaches children the practical skills and understanding on how to cycle, giving them confidence for all kinds of cycling. It’s delivered and offered to schools in Newcastle. Cllr Arlene Ainsley, cabinet member for transport and air quality at Newcastle City Council, said: “Bikeability sessions are all about equipping children with the skills and knowledge they need to be confident and safe cyclists.

“I’m delighted that more pupils will be able to benefit from this training thanks to this fantastic support from Recyke y’Bike.”new bikes

Celebrate with us!

We’re celebrating successfully moving our Byker premises from Hannington Street over to Brinkburn Street with a PARTY! On Friday 28th June we’ll be at the new site from 5.30pm to give tours for those who are yet to visit. At 6pm we’ll move down the road to Tyne Bank Brewery to celebrate with their fine selection of craft ales and food from Nins shack. We’ll have raffle tickets for sale with prizes very kindly donated by: 

Cafe Beam

Velomentary

Tyne Bank Brewery

Aspers Cassio

Jet Lashes

Kirkley Cycles Cafe

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Stepney Bank Stables

Victoria Tunnel

Key Enterprises

We hope to see you there!

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Everything Must Go Moving Sale!

Our Byker shop is moving in April and we’re having a good old clean out! On the 13th and 14th of April you’ll be able to grab all sort of bargain bike bits and bobs as well as some random items we’ve gathered along the way. Rock salt anyone?! everything must go

The Big Brinkburn Street Boost

Recyke y’bike are on the move! We’ve had to move out of our main workshop at short notice and we need your help to get our new home up and running.

Our Crowdfunding campaign is now live! Check it out here

At Recyke y’bike we’re passionate about getting more people onto bikes. Lots of people share our passion and we’ve grown very quickly in a few short years. We need your help now to create efficient, sustainable ways of working in our new (much bigger) home so that we can keep recycling bikes and helping people for many years to come.

We need to make physical improvements to our new Brinkburn Street site to make it energy efficient and transform it into a pleasant and comfortable environment for staff, volunteers and customers. We need to invest in our team; providing training and development opportunities for staff and volunteers that will enable us to develop our work in the community. We’re desperate for modern tills so that we can manage our stock effectively and free up staff time to focus on refurbishing bikes. Supporting us now will enable us to self-generate income much more effectively, ensuring the long-term viability of Recyke y’bike.

Jordan’s Transcontinental Race

Jordan – a mechanic with our Durham team – is taking on the definitive self-supported bicycle race across Europe.

Described as ‘a beautifully hard bicycle race’  Jordan will need not only physical fitness  but also self reliance, logistical, navigation and judgement skills to make it to the finish! We’ll be keeping track of his preparation as well as his epic journey.Jordan's Trans continental

Bikes for FODI

This week we’ve been able to support Friends of the Drop In Sunderland who help refugees and asylum seekers. They had a long list of people in need of a bike to help them access appointments, education and volunteering. We were able to provide surplus bikes which we were struggling to store. Two of our wonderful volunteers kindly loaded the bikes up and delivered them to Othman who will be working on the bikes before they are distributed. A FODI representative said “just to say a  big thank you from all of us here for the bikes we got today. Truly wonderful and Othman is genuinely excited about the prospect of fixing them up! We took some children’s bikes to put in the office and we’ve already got a parent bringing her daughter tomorrow to check out one for her. So brilliant.”IMG_20190131_112928001_HDR

Bike maintenance classes in schools and community settings

In 2019 we’re launching a basic bike maintenance outreach program for schools and in community settings.  This week we’ve been working with Foundation Futures. They support students who’ve been excluded from school and offer a range of alternative education activities. The lads have worked together to repair brakes and punctures on four kids bikes so that they are then ready to be donated to local children in need. If you’re interested in booking bike maintenance sessions for your school or community group get in touch!

Merry Christmas from Recyke y’bike!

It’s been a hectic year with more bikes sold, serviced and given away to people in need than ever before. We’re getting ready to recharge our batteries; the shops will close from the end of the day on Saturday 22nd and re-open on the 2nd January.

We’re having a look back on 2018 and making plans for 2019. We’ve loved being able to support refugees, asylum seekers and people on low incomes by providing them with bikes and aim to build on this next year. We’re also planning more maintenance classes, Velotech courses, fundraising events and pop up bike repair stations… watch this space for more info!IMG_5421.JPG