Re-Cycling Bicycles

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recyclo1Billing itself as the ‘car drivers detox center’ (le centre de désintoxication pour automobilistes), Cyclo has been promoting cycling in all sorts of clever ways for over 10 years now. Not only do they rebuild used bikes into better-than new condition, they also help equip the unemployed with skills that get them back into the workforce. Workers rotate in a 3-year program that starts with them working alongside a professional mechanic rebuilding bikes and has them finish by managing the shop, sales and all.

Cyclo trains more than just their employees. From February to March, every Thursday night, they run workshops where you can learn more about working on your own bike. If you simply need tools and/or a place to work on your ride, they do that too. All they ask in return is 1/4 of your time to help around shop.

Does your current bike need sprucing up? Bring it in and they’ll set it right at just 36 Euros/hr. You’ll find them on the web at and at rue de Flandre 85, 1000 Brussels, or you can call them at 02 513 95 55.


If you’ve got an old bike you’d like to donate, they’ll gladly take it in, providing it’s a decent brand and not a ‘supermarket special’.

recyclo2If you’re looking for the perfect bike but don’t want to consume all the energy and materials that go into manufacturing a bike by buying new, Cyclo has the answer! For between 150 and 200 Euros you get a professionaly re-built unit using new parts where necessary and quality used pieces for the rest. Even better, you get a cleaner conscious and the knowledge you’re helping get people back into gear.

This article was originally published in the March 2009 version of the Sunbeams Newsletter.

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