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.
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.”
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!
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!
We’re offering FREE kids bikes from 11am on the 29th October. All bikes have been checked by a mechanic but are ‘as seen’ and don’t come with warranty. Bikes are allocated on a first come first served basis. Last time demand way outstripped supply so please be punctual and patient! All children must be accompanied by an adult and all adults must come with a child!
We’ve been able to send another consignment of bikes to our partners in Africa thanks to the generosity of our donors. The bikes will be shipped at the end of October and will arrive in Africa around Christmas!
Sara Newson has started at Recyke y’bike this week in the position of General Manager. Sara has many years of experience working in the voluntary and community sector in the North East and will be working with the team to develop some exciting new community outreach initiatives. She’ll also be overseeing the day to day operations. Sara says “I’m really excited to join the Recyke y’bike team and to build on the excellent work done to date. I’m also looking forward to learning lots more about bikes!”
Recyke y’bike have been working with Sir Charles Parsons to get their students cycling! Workshop staff have serviced and repaired 15 trikes to make them safe for children to use in their after school club. Recyke mechanics have also trained the school staff so that they can maintain the bikes for the children to enjoy!