Welcome to our ‘Old Spokes Home’ – Hardie Cycle Hub

‘Where bikes come to fly’

We told you recently that funding had been secured to create our very own community led cycle hub in the park. The building has arrived and the wheels are very much in motion preparing the area to receive and up-cycle bikes, providing an amazing little service to the local community starting mid-Autumn.

We had lots of key words and suggestions for the ‘name’. Thank you for your input.

We’ve decided on ‘Old Spokes Home’ with Hardie Cycle Hub as our strap line.

Low cost refurbished bicycles will be available for purchase from as little as £25 for a child’s bike and from £65 for an adult’s bike. We will also have a broad range of new and used parts/accessories for sale at low prices as well as bicycle servicing and maintenance at affordable rates.

  • We will need motivated volunteers to help make this happen. If you are interested, have some basic engineering skills or have sales experience to run a mini retail outlet please REGISTER your interest here.
  • We are now happy to receive bikes for up-cycling, please email over a photo to rob@friendsofhardiepark.co.uk in the first instance.
  • Bikes that we CAN accept need to be cosmetically sound with NO RUST – something that can be worked on not just scrapped (we are unable to store or take ‘scrap’ bikes)
  • At this point in time we can only take bikes delivered. We are unable to collect.

This is a really exciting project enabling the park to help our community access affordable bikes. We are training a young person to learn a valuable skill and deliver the service. At the same time, educate and inform our users regarding safe, affordable cycle use, maintenance and travel.

The project will have its own social media presence and website soon. Watch this space for details and we hope you like and follow us to keep up with our development.

Bike Rescue Project due Summer 2019 – Published June 2019

We’re delighted to announce that we have been awarded funding to establish a Cycle Hub right here in Hardie Park!

The Cycle Hub project will:

Create a bike shop that serves local people and encourages cycling.
Employ an apprentice, ideally a young person currently not employed or in training for the period of at least one year. Training them to an industry-standard Level 2 Bike Maintenance qualification.
Offer bike maintenance, health and safety and first aid training to the public through volunteers, the apprentice and third parties.
To take donations of bicycles and to recycle, upcycle and sell bikes at affordable rates or gifting them to certain groups.
Create an “Earn a bike scheme” where volunteers work on a bike, learning skills and get to keep at the end of the programme.
To create a base from where the SEAT project can offer Cycle training.
To create bike related community activities.
To encourage people in transitional periods of their lives to consider a new form of sustainable transport e.g. Back to work, Moving on in education, retirement etc.
To hire bicycles.
To use bicycles as a platform for scientific/off grid experiments, like free electricity.