Founded in 2013 Nottingham Bikeworks has developed from a small residential garage to become the large scale community cycling hub it is today. The catalyst for development came in October 2014 when the move to Ayr Street was made and the Bikeworks proper was born.
When it came to equipping the workshop we approached Raleigh, an iconic Nottingham industry, whose first factory back in the 1880s was located a stone’s throw from our premises. They generously provided us with professional quality tools at a brilliant price and within a few weeks the Raleigh Community Workshop, still the beating heart of Nottingham Bikeworks was ready for spannering. Within a couple of weeks we launched the first of our workshops for the refugee community that still continue to this day.
Over time we have worked hard to improve and develop the premises and though we don’t pretend its slick or glossy it does provide a friendly and welcoming space for all members of the community.
In 2017 we had the chance to take on an adjacent single story extension, which had been even more neglected than the main building. After shedding a quantity of blood, sweat and tears, by summer of 2018 this new self-contained space, christened ‘The Bikery’, was finally ready for action. It provides a second smaller workshop, a fully accessible toilet and a break-out/ kitchen area and will allow us to really expand our range of activities especially our training and education programmes and the provision of a drop-in workshop sessions where anybody can come in and fix their own bikes.