Bike Fixes and Organisers

Big Bike Fix

The Boston Spa & Wetherby Big Bike Fix started in January 2021.  We take in donated bikes that are no longer needed, fix them up and donate them to children and adults around Leeds who cannot afford to buy one.

Our scheme is based on the The Big Bike Fix Leeds in Middleton started by Ed Carlisle, a Leeds City Council Councillor.

We are just about to hit 700 bikes kindly donated by local residents and businesses!  The project has grown so much in the last three years!

We have an amazing group of volunteer 'fixers' who clean, service and repair bikes for us.  Once fixed, the bikes mostly go to inner city areas in South Leeds, but also a few to the community locally.  We also donate to asylum seekers and refugees across Leeds.

Upcycle collecting bikes for prisoners to fix

We have set up links with Upcycle, a bike recycling scheme based in Shipley as part of the Margaret Carey Foundation.  They take some of our unfixed bikes into prisons and teach bike fixing skills to prisoners.  Once fixed, they donate the bikes onto countries in need eg. Upcycle recently sent 50 bikes to Ukraine, 100 bikes to Albania, 60 bikes to Zimbabwe and 30 bikes to Sierra Leone.  So the bike donation benefits can be felt not just locally, but across the world!

We were awarded a grant in 2022 from the West Yorkshire Combined Authority's CityConnect initiative to help us develop the scheme and link in with other bike fixers across Yorkshire. We will keep looking for grants to support the scheme.

The grant enabled us to offer some training to our fixers which was provided by Leeds Bike Mill.  We have also been able to buy parts, equipment and tools, and transport bikes across Leeds directly to those who need them.

We would like to say a big Thank You! to:

  • all those who have donated bikes to the scheme in the last three years including Dean, owner of Wetherby Bike Shack, and Cyclesense in Tadcaster, who have both donated bikes and parts;
  • all the amazing 'fixers' who have worked so hard repairing the bikes with special thanks to Star Fixer, Bill Humphrey who has repaired over 200 bikes since the scheme started (we've lost count!);
  • the couple in Boston Spa who very kindly let us use their garage for storage;
  • our main partners, Ed at the The Big Bike Fix Leeds who has supported our scheme since we started and Jamie and Suzanne at Upcycle;
  • most importantly, the kind and generous folk who have donated their bikes and parts over the last 3 years; and
  • the members of the Community Green Group who make this all happen!

If you have a children's or adult's bike you no longer need in any condition, let us know by emailing Penny Stables (penny.stables@bostongreengroup.co.uk) or use the contact form below.

We also collect and re-use bike parts in good condition including tyres, chains, gears, inner tubes, helmets, pumps etc., so let us know if you have anything you no longer need.  The Big Bike Fix operates twice a month, usually on Saturday mornings, so get in touch to confirm dates.

We sell a small number of donated bikes each year to help us pay for parts.

Alternatively, please get in touch if you would like to get involved in the project and join our friendly team of 'fixers'.

We are also looking for a co-ordinator/fixer who could run the Big Bike Fix to help this successful scheme going.  If you're interested, please get in touch.

Feedback

North Leeds Asylum Seekers

"The bikes have been a great help for providing freedom for us to travel away from the hotel."

"I regularly go out with 2 or 3 other friends for cycle rides, across the park and down local lanes. We enjoy going out together and exploring the local area."

"I do not have a bus pass as I have not started college yet. I go to the gym 4 times a week near the centre of Leeds. I could not get to the gym without the bike and it provides me with more exercise." - This comment came from ‘D’ who had been an international weight lifter. Weight training is key for his general health and provides a focus for him. He was starting to become withdrawn last year and access to the specialist gym has been a great benefit for him. With only £8 a week allowance, using buses would take up his allowance. Having a bike has made all the difference to travel to the gym.

"We go out regularly to the local Asda supermarket in Holt Park. Without the bike, we would have to take the bus which costs money. To walk takes almost an hour. Having the bike allows us to go there more regularly and is good exercise. The food in the hotel is not always great, so it allows us to get food that we enjoy more."

"Having the bike helps my mental health, as I can get out into the countryside."

South Leeds Bike Fix

"I got a bike off you for my daughter's bf ... I can't tell you what a difference it's already made ... with the cost of living crisis, he had to walk to work as he has very little money, so bike as made such a huge difference to him. Thank you so, so much.  We are very grateful."