VIDEO: Sheffield Bikes given new life to show cycling can be cheap

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Hundreds of bikes have been given a new life by a Sheffield company that wants to show cycling does not have to mean buying expensive machines.

Social enterprise Recycle Bikes, in Heeley, has refurbished 261 cycles and donated 98 to charities that send the bikes to Africa.

Other donated bikes were stripped down for usable parts by the not-for-profit organisation.

Paul Allard, workshop manager, said the Tour de France in Sheffield last year had boosted interest in cycling.

Anyone can drop an old bike off at the enterprise’s Thirlwell Street workshop.

Paul added: “We can then sell them as low cost alternatives for people who cannot afford a new bike to cycle.”

n Watch a video of the operation at www.thestar.co.uk