about The Bikes College

“…if it is broken we fix it and if we cannot fix it we will replace it…”

The Bikes College CIC


We are open every day between 12pm and 8pm.

We are based on Copley Hill, LS121HY.

Call us on 01133455180.

The Bikes College is a non-profit self sufficient community project based on Copley Hill in Leeds, registered as a social enterprise that restores unwanted bicycles. We collect bicycles otherwise destined for landfill. We then use them to teach people of all ages how to look after their bikes; we also provide free or heavily discounted bicycles and services to all our supporters. We provide the part exchange options too. We sell a part of our collection to fund what we do thus we do not rely on any form of external funding.

TBC started in 2011 in Bristol and after a few years of travelling around the UK it has settled in Leeds. We work closely with a number of organisations including but not limited to Leeds City Council, the Police, PAFRAS, WomenCentre, the Leeds’ probation services, Red Cross, numerous schools and community centres, etc. We support The Works skatepark, Wortley Community Centre and many others. We are supported by  the majority of industry affiliated businesses in West Yorkshire including but not limited to Woodrup Cycles, Aurelius cycles, Re-Cycle Engineering, Life Cycles, etc.

All our bikes are second hand as we do not supply brand new bicycles. All of our bikes are fully checked and rebuilt where needed to exceed what is considered as an industry standard. We want everyone to ride a safe bike; regardless of the price. We have an extensive collection of second hand parts but we can supply brand new parts on demand too. We offer a MUNS (Make Up No Story) replacement service too: if you do not like your bike then come down and replace it with another one or get your money back. No need to make up a story!

33 thoughts on “about The Bikes College

  1. I Went to buy bikes for three grand kids got exactly what we wanted. Staff are a great help and gave me good deal and also delivered. Could not have expected more. I’ve told everyone I know!!!!!


  2. Hi , went in to to the bike collage ON THE 18TH JAN asking if they have any clipless pedals ,they were very helpful and friendly, they heiped me to decide what
    size shoe I needed and told me where to go, I will definitely tell every one I know about them, 5 STAR guys,,,, DAVID,,


    1. Hi David- please leave us a review on Facebook too- it helps to show a wider audience what we do and why we are popular 🙂 thanks in advance and happy to help Sir 😀


  3. Hello
    My name is Rachel – do not know if you will remember me but I have been in a couple of time with my gorgeous fella David Thorpe. I have two children and I am wondering if you could make a bike for the oldest – particulars are
    she will be 11 years old soon – current height is 142 cm
    She likes the colour like dark / navy blue and is looking for bike like a mountain bike

    I can collect on Saturday this week – if you can provide a bike for then.

    regards Rachel 07801499029


  4. Hello,

    I’m from Leeds Welcome – we noticed your wonderful initiative and thought it would make a great feature! If you’re interested I’d love to chat to you further over email.

    Looking forward to hearing from you!


  5. TBC came highly recommended by a friend. I wasn’t disappointed. Really relaxed atmosphere with a personal but professional service from Emilia and David. They serviced and set up my bike for a great price and offered useful advice and suggestions. I will definitely pass on the recommendation and will be using them again.


    1. Hi Steve and thank you for your kind words. Did you know you can also leave us a review on Facebook and/or Google+ ? Thanks in advance and hopefully see you soon again.


  6. shane robinson ive just put my bike in for repair wheel retrue 2 nearly new maxxis daddy tyres and a brake reset with a new pads all for thirty pounds what a bargain would recommend it to anyone personaly


  7. Hi, Just heard about you today, do you have the tools necessary for pressing headsets, removing and replacing crown races?



  8. the bikes collage is one of the best bike shops in the leeds area no matter what age you are or type of bike you are after.
    amelia and david are knowledgeable and friendly and their no nonsense policy was just what i needed when helping me choose my new bike. on collection i was presented with a bike that was spanking, all clean an road worthy and ready to take home.
    lastly but not least their after sales help and service is also worth a mention as it is very generous. all in all a great place to shop for a bike.


    1. Hello again- we at The Bikes College appreciate your custom and we would like to ask you for some feedback- please be objective as we do not mind any constructive criticism. See us on http://www.facebook.com/TheBikesCollege and leave us a review please. This is also a disposal notice for any record of your personal information. This the last message you receive unless you return to visit us again. Thank you and ride on, TBC team.


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  10. hi my name is geoff iv got some bike frames im geting rid of would you take them my number is 07716516359 please get in touch


  11. what a brilliant asset for leeds 12 , long may you continue trading . took my old mountain bike in to see if it can be saved guys check it over received very pleasent phone call saying it was cost more than bikes worth . { very honest could of carryed out repaires and charged me loads ] . staff very pleasent made myself and daughter feel welcome . great to see a interesting building being used .


  12. I am interested in bike servicing and repair and have a regular Monday or Tuesday spare with which to do some volunteer work.
    Do you need some one to come along and help with repairs and maintenance in your workshop?
    If so I would really like to come along and see what you are up to


    1. Hi Nick, come down and have a look if you wish. We do not offer volunteering opportunities as we do not support volunteering, we think it is not fair. But if you wish to help in one way or another just come down and maybe we will have something for you. Come down, bring your bike too. Thanks, David.


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  14. Used these for the 1st time a few weeks ago and was very impressed with the service and cost …. had to go back as my chain snapped which was quickly replaced , the only down side is when I picked my bike up , they told me I had a spoke broke , I just wish they would have contacted me to ask me if it was ok to put a new one on as I’m going to have to go back again ,… I will continue to use you guys ….


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