Why buy a recycled bike? #reduce #reuse #recycle

New bikes are great, but a reconditioned one can be just as good.

In our modern and consumer led society it can be difficult to escape the pressure to buy new products. The bicycle industry is no different. New technologies are developed all the time and new models and components released year on year. Subsequently of course, new bikes and new components can be expensive. Not only that, but the energy and raw materials required to manufacture new things is significant, contributing to the problems of climate change and natural resource depletion. The constant supply of and demand for new, in our case,  bicycles leads to another issue, disposal of all the old bikes.

These three issues were what drove us to start Cardiff Cycle Workshop and are the three principal issues that buying a recycled bike can address. Our bikes are not expensive to buy. Typically the price of an adult bike will be £120 to £150. Some are more, some are less according to the quality of the bike, whether it has had any new parts fitted and how much work it needed. In many cases our bikes will cost only a third of what you would pay for a new one. Not only are they affordable, but reliable too. Every bike is serviced and then checked by a different, qualified technician and all bikes are covered by a three month warranty.

The energy required to recycle a bike is of course a fraction of what is needed to make one from scratch. By utilising parts in good condition that have been harvested from other bikes, we don’t need to use new ones, saving energy and resources in that way too. That’s not to say we never use new parts, sometimes it’s necessary, but we will look for a re-use option first. In the past bikes that people did not want anymore may have well have been scrapped, now we can give them a new lease of life, saving material from entering the waste stream and cutting the amount of energy and resources required to deal with it. Naturally we cannot reuse everything (sometimes bikes will be stripped for parts rather than reconditioned) and we do produce a certain amount of scrap metal ourselves. We make sure to deal with our waste responsibly of course and regularly send our waste metal for recycling.

By buying a reconditioned bike you can help us  #reduce, #reuse and #recycle. Not only good for us, but good for our community and, dare I say it, the planet. You will also get a serviced and reliable bike for a fraction of the cost of a new one. We hope to see you soon!

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“Excellent quality and speed of service, very well priced too. Top notch.”

Chris Shorrock

“I have now completed 2 courses at this venue and found the instructors  knowledge and delivery excellent. The workshop is well equipped and has a friendly atmosphere. Highly recommended.”

Mark Palmer

“Sustainability has worked with CTW successfully for a number of years, with sessions every month on Campus. They provide bike servicing for staff, students and the local community as part of our free Repair Café events. It’s a service to all to promote sustainable cycle travelling to Campus and the benefits of repair. They are so knowledgeable and as well as fixing on site they provide great friendly honest advice.”

Rachel Roberts

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“Came away a lot more confident with attempting to build a wheel. The course was run in a relaxed manner and no question was too much for Jon to answer. Look forward to my next course.”

Gordon Broomfield

“Fab loved both Level 1 and 2 courses. I have come away feeling confident I can fix my bike. Thank you guys”

Cath Rowlands

“We visited today and picked a bike for my 6 year-old. He got to try it out and you fixed the brakes as they were a bit squeaky! Very covid safe! Excellent bike and my boy loves it. Great it has a 3-month warranty too!”

Tegan Partner

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“Great place to go to get yourself a bike. No need to spend hundreds just get one second hand. Good communication, they even adjust the seat and handlebars to suit your height etc. My partner is very pleased with her bike and it looks brand new! Highly recommended.”

Jake Doherty

I’d just like to say a massive ‘Thank You’ to the boys and girls at Cardiff Cycle workshop. They’ve done absolute wonders for my bike over the years! It’s was an old heavy Peugeot which I bought from new in about 1990. Although I used it regularly, it was getting too heavy for me, so the team changed the wheels for ones that were much lighter; put some super duper tyres on them, and on top of that, replaced the old hard saddle for a brand new very comfortable one. I make sure that I get my bike serviced regularly with them too. Such a friendly bunch too-always time for a chat. There is nothing they don’t know about bikes. Highly recommended!

Sara McGaughey

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