Behaviour breeds behaviour

A teacher affects eternity as he can never tell where his influence stops. Henry Adams Remember J. from few days ago; J. who was taught by C. how to repair a puncture? He came back again with a friend of his. S. is 8 years old and he knows J. as they live closeby. This time again […]

What would you do with this gift?

Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance. Confucius We give an astonishing number of bikes away for free. We get them refurbished to safe standards and simply seek kids in the area that need a bicycle. For numerous reasons there are plenty of children around Leeds (and beyond we believe) that simply […]

How to talk to strangers

We sometimes encounter people, even perfect strangers, who begin to interest us at first sight, somehow suddenly, all at once, before a word has been spoken. Fyodor Dostoevsky It was a normal day at The Bikes College– sunny day, a few kids around with typical bike problems: few punctures, few dropped chains… One of the […]

Ownership makes it personal

Nobody washes a rental car. Scott J. Simmerman Ph. D. It takes a lot of bonding to create a possessive relationship known as ownership. The tears, the sweat, the tiredness and the workmanship are required to achieve the end product. Repairing or building a bike is a great example. It is a process which takes […]

Hands-on

It is never too early to involve kids in giving back. And the more hands-on the experiences are, the better. Soleil Moon Frye   That is what we are trying to do at TBC as much as we can. We support the hands-on experience as much as possible. Take E., in her early teens, who got a […]