Better by Bike – Turning Old into New

Recycling Unwanted Bikes and Bits
Perhaps you’ve just got a new bike and you’ve no room for the old one. Or maybe you’ve a few unused bikes lying around your garden shed. Rather than throw them in the skip, here are some places where you can recycle your bicycle as part of our Better by Bike series:

Action Bikes and Re~Cycle

Action Bikes collects any unwanted bicycles and parts,  including punctured inner tubes & tools, which are then loaded onto a container and dispatched to Africa by the charity Re~Cycle. They have some great photos of them in action on their Facebook page. Anyone can just bring what they have to any Action Bikes shop, including Whitton or East Sheen during opening hours and they will do the rest. Further details of what can be donated on the Re~Cycle webpage and this video shows the impact of their work.

Kingston Eco-op Bike Recycling Project

Kingston Eco-op is a social enterprise for Kingston upon Thames which offers employment skills and training for disabled people and those at risk of social exclusion. As part of this, they collect unwanted bicycles for use by the bike recycling project. You can bring your unwanted bike along to their premises (which are open 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Tues – Fri or by appointment):

Unit 5, Adams House, Dickerage Lane, New Malden, Surrey, KT3 3SF – Map Link

More details on their website and they also have a Facebook page where you can find details about the ‘Bikes & Bits’ sales they have from time to time.

Better by Bike – Twickenham Farmers’ Market


We love cycling and we love good local food, so we thought what better way to combine both than to dedicate June to encouraging you all to visit Twickenham Farmers’ Market by bike on a Saturday morning. It runs from 9am to 1pm every week in the Holly Road Car Park in Twickenham – Map Link. Easily accessible by bicycle, it is great to see that they encourage people to cycle to the market on their info page with lots of cycle parking available, wouldn’t it be great if more local businesses did the same. Check out their Facebook Page for regular updates about the market and happy shopping! Be sure to let us know which your favourite stall is.

Twickenham Farmers’ Market Website

Twickenham Farmers’ Market Facebook Page