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20 May 2016

What to do with your old bicycle

What to do with your old bicycle? It’s Friday and with the weather improving and getting warmer we start seeing many more people getting active and getting out doors. You might open the garage or shed and find your old bicycle unused and unloved so it’s time for an upgrade.

Things to do with your old bicycle

On our domestic rubbish removal runs, old bicycles are often among our loads. Before you chuck it, here are some things to do with that old bike…

Refurbish your old bicycle

As long as you’ve not driven over it or it’s completely wrecked, there are a few companies now offering bicycle refurbishment. It can be an economical option and really easy to do, even if you want to give it a go yourself.

With a new chain, brakes or tyres you can DIY your bike refurbishment giving your bike a new lease of life to get you from A to B or for enjoyment on the weekends. If you’re getting really adventurous with some sand paper and a tin of spray paint you can give your old bike a brand new look! There are loads of tutorials online, especially on YouTube. Hey, you just found a new hobby!

Donate your bicycle

Whether it’s to a local charity shop or to one of the many charities throughout the country, donating your old bike instead of throwing it away is a great option. There are social enterprises across the country who recycle or refurbish old bicycles so they can be re-used or recycled appropriately. Re-furbished bikes are then sold or given to communities where they can be used.

Bike Works is one example of a social enterprise in London doing just that and Re-cyle is a great initiative helping disadvantaged people in Africa with recycled bikes.

Up-cycle your bicycle

Now I’m not very handy but you only have to scroll through Pinterest to get ideas for up-cycling your old bicycle to get excited. I’m just waiting for a rainy Sunday afternoon to give some of these ideas a go!

  • Turn your old bicycle into a coffee table using the rims
  • Turn the old bike into a planter stand for the garden
  • Use the old hand rails to make a coat rack
  • The old bicycle wheel into a hanger for ‘this and that’ in the shed or garage
  • Use the old bottle cakes to make a wine rack!
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