Whether you’ve got an old bike you no longer like, need some bits and pieces, or want a cheap bargain replacement bike, you can add a bit of charitable feel good factor too at Recycle-A-Bike in Uxbridge.
I heard about Recycle-A-Bike a while back through social media but finally made my maiden voyage there. Voyage is a bit grandiose, as it’s quite local, situated in Cricket Road by Rockingham Parade, next to Fassnidge Park in Uxbridge. But if it wasn’t me as a voyager, I was certainly a voyeur as I witnessed the remarkable work they do there. They also have a cafe called the Rusty Bike Cafe in the park.
So, I was having a clearout, and a frame and groupset that appeared to be surplus to requirements seemed the ideal excuse to pay them a visit. They appear to take any sort of bike looking at the masses of donated bikes in the yard waiting for a bit of TLC, Recycle-A-Bike style. I handed over my donations and let a couple of the volunteers explain what they do there and show me around. It is a volunteer-based organisation aimed at helping people with mental health issues get back in to employment. A very worthwhile cause, I’m sure that you’ll agree. They give training and support.
To be honest, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I did know that they can strip and repaint frames, restore bikes and do repairs and servicing. There is a shop selling the refurbished bikes at decent prices and another shop selling basic cycling needs like inner tubes, brakes, groupset components, and a host of other necessities and accessories. What I wasn’t expecting was some of the brilliant vintage gear, such as the restored 1950s Holdsworth in the picture, with its amazing shifter lever (see picture).
If you are having a clearout, or about to chuck out a bike or some components, then pay a visit and support this excellent project. You may even end up buying something too.