Recycling, charity, bikes… what’s not to like?

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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.

You can find Recycle-a-bike on Twitter and Facebook, and online here.

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  1. Dave Morrison
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    I should add that one of the volunteers spent ages recounting memories of some family called Wolesley who have a wonderful bike shop in Acton apparently.

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