What we do
Gloucestershire Bike Project is a not for profit social enterprise. We exist to encourage more people to get out there on bikes and to encourage the re-use and re-homing of bikes that otherwise may have ended their lives in sheds and garages or unnecessarily ending up in scrap metal bins. Most of our bikes come to us as donations from people who would rather see their unwanted bike being kept in use. Once the bikes come to our workshop they are processed and refurbished by our project manager Matt and his amazing team of volunteers. All our bikes go through a Pre Delivery Inspection (PDI), and any work that needs doing is done to the highest standard. No bike leaves our workshop unless we are completely happy with it.
Because our bikes come to us in this way, we can afford to charge a little less than most if not all the 'For Profit' bike shops, part of what we are trying to do is make it possible for everyone to get out on a bike, regardless of their financial situation.
We also buy certain bikes. We always need good quality bikes, such as Specialized, Trek, Scott, Gary Fisher, Claude Butler and Vintage and Retro bikes. If you have a bike that you would like to sell, and that you would like to see have added social value, please do get in touch.
We work with volunteers who have experience and an interest in bike mechanice. Our Cytech level 3 trained tutor runs the workshop and together with our volunteers lovingly refurbish the bikes we sell.
We are currently taking names for bike repair and maintenance courses. If you would like to register your interes, please call Matt on 01452 690979
We run repair workshops for young people between the ages of 14-19 who are involved in or at risk of criminal justice involvement. This project has been funded by The Summerfield Charitable Trust. It's an excellent project, even if we do say so ourselves. The young people make it so. To date each and every one of these 'troublesome' young people have been absolutely excellent for us. We hope to develop the youth project further to include a qualification for young people which will help them find work in this growth industry.
We're very proud of this aspect of our work and hope to continue it for a long time.
We do a number of events for free for other community groups, such as Doctor Bikes for schools, where we turn up with our mobile team and make sure all the childrens bikes are safe and in good working order.
The kind of things we do in the community include helping out at community events, such as charity bike rides and fun days. We can do roadside repairs and safety checks.
For companies and organisations we offer Doctor Bike Sessions, this is where our mobile team of super mecahnics can come to any site and safety checks staffs bikes. They will carry out adjustments and minor repairs on the spot and give a diagnostic of any more in depth or time consuming work that the bike needs. This can then be taken to any bike shop or to our workshop and get the repairs done.
This is a great way to encourage and reward staff for cycling to work and works very well if you have or thinking of staging a cycle to work day/campaign. During the Doctor Bike we can set up mini challenges such as the fastest 2k on a turbo trainer, where the winner wins a free service or speedo, your organisation can also give a prize. It's really good fun that way and it helps capture the imagination of staff.
Part of the income from every Doctor Bike Session we carry out for a company or organisation is used to help us fund the free activities we carry out in the community.
If you would like to have a Doctor Bike Session or run a series of workshops at your organisation we have a mobile team who can come and run groups on a one off or recurring basis.
For prices and bookings, plus more detailed information on any of the services we offer,
call Maureen on 01452 690979
or email firstname.lastname@example.org