Unwanted bicycles and parts keeps the project going – bikes donated will be refurbished and given away free or heavily susbsidised to those in need (we take referrals from schools, colleges, local authorities, Community First New Forest, Dorset Community Action, Police, charities etc) or sold to raise much needed funds. Depending on their condition, they may also end up being stripped down for all useful parts. We try and minimise scrap, re-using as much as we can. Any scrap is sent for recycling and disposed of properly.
Spare bike parts, clothing, lights, racks, luggage, (new) helmets etc are also always handy and after checking we offer these at low rates too to keep bikes on the road and people on the move.
We mainly require adult bikes of all sizes. We’ll take all styles – mountain bike, hybrid, city bike, road bike, vintage etc. Even if you think a bike might be beyond saving, there’s usually something on it we can use so please donate. We also require old cotton t-shirts and rags for cleaning bikes, bike tools for maintenance and we gratefully accept (decaf*) tea and cakes for when we are working and beer (Red Stripe) or rum (good proper Caribbean stuff) for when we are relaxing. *We are not like a lot of beardy weirdy hipster cyclists – there’s no caffeine / coffee at NFBP, we don’t want to get too hyper/intense/boring etc, also no check shirts, braces, trousers hanging down inappropriately, converses, piercings, tattoos….
Motorbikes – although bicycles are our key area, we love motorbikes too (particularly Hondas), yes we know they use petrol and you don’t get fit riding them… but they can be a cheap way of getting about for some and reduce congestion. So if we can restore/service/MOT them with partners and then help someone get on the road cheaply and safely, then we will. There’s some pictures of recent ones we’ve done on the gallery page. We’re getting into ebikes too…
If you can drop stuff off at our New Milton workshop store that’s best, if you’d struggle to do this we can probably pick your donation up early mornings, evenings or weekends if you are reasonably local.