We explain how a bike traded in during the Great Evans Cycles Trade-In helps to rehabilitate prisoners through a charity called Recycle Your Cycle while raising vital funds for over 25 UK Hospices and other UK charities with retail outlets.
In this often cutthroat world, it’s easy to be cynical and think you have to look out for your own interests. But sometimes ideas come along that really do offer benefits to everybody involved. Take the idea of a trade-in, for example. The person trading in gets money off their next purchase, while the company offering the trade-in enjoys increased sales. That’s two winners already. However, at Evans Cycles, our Trade-In — which runs until the first week of June — benefits even more people, such as rehabilitating prisoners via Recycle Your Cycle and then charities such as Hospice UK. Let’s follow the journey of a bike traded-in at Evans Cycles and see how it all happens…
Stage one: Evans Cycles accepts your bike
Once we have taken your old bike as a trade-in, we keep it ready to be picked up by one of 16 local bike-dedicated charities. the biggest of which is Recycle Your Cycle who in turn works directly with Hospice UK. In the years 2012-2017, we have accepted a total number 16,622 bikes as part of the Trade-In.
“We are big fans of Recycle Your Cycle and Hospice UK. The bikes donated to them through our Trade-In scheme do three good things: they’re used in bike repair workshop prisons for rehabilitation programmes; they’re sold in Hospice UK shops to raise money for their great work; and they help give our customers the joy of a new bike. Last year we donated over 600 bikes to Recycle Your Cycle alone and we hope to top this figure in 2018”
Alan Fort, CEO at Evans Cycles
Stage two: The bike is refurbished by prisoner students
So Recycle Your Cycle has picked up your old bike, now it is delivered to a prison where prisoner students will refurbish it. An incredible 90 per cent of bikes that go through Recycle Your Cycle’s process are repaired and ready to be resold by a charity partner. In the Evans Cycles Trade-In case that partner is Hospice UK. Meanwhile, the prisoners who fix it learn new skills and gain qualifications in bike mechanics, hopefully helping their rehabilitation back into society. To see more of the work Recycle Your Cycle does, head to their website.
“From our side, we have already collected approximately 600 bicycles from Evans Cycles this year and distributed those between six prison workshops, plus our warehouse in Stevenage. The refurbished bicycles are now starting to come through from the workshops. This week they will be distributed to Pilgrims Hospice in Colchester and Garden House Hospice in Letchworth. Last week some bicycles we are delivered to Wirral Hospice and Marie Curie Hospice in Tiverton.”
Mark Abrahams, CEO Recycle Your Cycle
Recycle Your Cycle Bike Refurbishment: Example Bike
This Kona Dew Plus hybrid bike was kindly donated by Mr Nainby through our Gatwick store last month. It had no brakes, shifters, chain, pedals, handlebar grips or cables, So let’s look at all the steps the workshop students undertook to make it roadworthy, resellable and looking like new again..
- All components were stripped from the bicycle leaving only a frame.
- The first job was to re-thread the bottom bracket, giving it a nice clean thread that can be lined with copper grease.
- Next was to reface the bottom bracket, resulting in a perfectly cleaned and prepared bottom bracket, ready for the cartridge to be installed.
- Meanwhile the bottom bracket cartridge was cleaned and serviced and finally refitted.
- Next up was servicing the chain rings and crank arms including re-threading the crank arms with pedal taps.
- Then the headset cups were removed, bearings cleaned and Teflon grease applied.
- The cups were then press fitted back onto the headset.
- The crown race was removed from forks and re-faced and the crown race cleaned and refitted.
- Next, handlebars grips were fitted along with gear shifters.
- When it came to brakes, the team decided to opt for hydraulic brakes and fitted Dot 4 callipers.
- On to the wheels: The hubs were completely stripped – bearings, axle and cones fully cleaned and new Teflon grease applied.
- Then the wheels were completely rebuilt and a disc rotor fitted, the wheels were put on the jig to ensure that all buckles were removed.
- The rear wheel was fitted to the bike and the gear hanger then aligned to ensure smooth running of the gears.
- Next up the front derailleur and a chain were also (re)fitted.
- Finally, all tests were carried out to ensure the bike is safe to use and runs smoothly.
The bike took four days to refurbish and the cost to rebuild was less than 50p (!) – 20p for a new gear cable and 21p for a new brake cable. All other parts were from recycled components from other bicycles that had previously been scrapped. Result!
Stage three: Hospice UK sells the refurbished bike
Once the traded-in bikes have gone through the prison workshops and been brought back to perfect ride-ability, they are passed on to Hospice UK to sell in its shops. These sales help to raise vital funds for Hospice UK to continue its work developing hospice care and supporting hospice professionals. To see all the good work Hospice UK does, head to their website or check out our introductory blog post on the charity here.
“I had always been uncomfortable with offering donated bikes for sale as the majority of our staff and volunteers don’t have the skills required to ensure they were properly roadworthy so, in the main, what few bikes we had donated ended up going to our local scrap man for next to no money. That’s all changed now. The bikes that Recycle Your Cycle supplies are fully refurbished and safe to use, and I can now sell them with confidence. Each bike comes with a report to show that it has been tested, and a suggested selling price. I have managed to get over £250 for some of the bikes they have supplied.”
Tim Stewart, head of retail at Pilgrims Hospice
Stay tuned as our Kona Dew Plus hybrid bike finds a new owner through one of the Hospice shops around the country.
Stages four, five…: the benefits keep on rolling
And it doesn’t end there. The fact your old bike is being used also means it hasn’t gone to landfill, or is rusting away someway. Meanwhile, the new owner of your old traded-in bike can now enjoy carefree cycling — the refurbished bikes from Recycle Your Bike even come with a six-month warranty. That means another happy member of our cycling community.
So if you want to help make the world a better place in all these ways (oh, and buy yourself a new bike at a cheaper price), and you’ve got an old bike kicking about in the garage, come along to an Evans Cycles store by June 5th and trade it in.
- 5,000+ — The total number of bikes traded in, in 2017
- 18 — The number of bike-dedicated charities Evans Cycles works with during the Trade-In period
- £350— The highest traded-in value available.
- 16,622 — The total number of bikes traded in between 2012-2017