WE ARE THE CANTERBURY BIKE PROJECT

Working to improve the life chances of young people and help the community

STUDENT & YOUTH ENGAGEMENT

Through bicycle mechanics we are motivating young people to move back into education, helping to develop resilience, create self-belief and inspire them.

FREE WORKSHOP SESSIONS

Evening teaching sessions for the local community, for young, old, and female specific groups.

COURSES & QUALIFICATIONS

We are a recognised Park Tool school and an approved City&Guilds training centre delivering courses throughout the year.

SERVICE & REPAIRS

Low cost bike repairs for the local community.
No labour charge, only pay for the parts used.

BIKES FOR SALE

Buy a fully refurbished bike at an affordable price, or commission a new build.

Special offers for NHS staff and keyworkers.

BIKES FOR LOAN

Long term loan bikes available for those who would benefit from increased mobility, health or returning to work.

Special offers for NHS staff and keyworkers.

LOCAL GUIDED RIDES

It’s all about riding. Guided rides for small groups. Ride with our team of British Cycling Level 2 qualified ride leaders.

GUIDED DESTINATION RIDES

For a greater experience and challenge join our British Cycling qualified and insured team in exploring terrain outside of our local region.

BOX BUILDS

When buying a new bike online they need to be built up, adjusted, and checked to ensure they are safe

WHEEL BUILD & REPAIR

From replacing a broken spoke, to truing up a wheel set, to building a specific wheel set, or replacing a worn out rim on a much loved hub, we can do it all

E-BIKE SERVICE & REPAIR

Qualified and certified to service and repair all makes of e-bike with full diagnostic capability for Bosch and Shimano power units.

BIKE BUYING ADVICE

Used, new, or custom build we can offer help and advice so that you find the right bike for you.

BASIC BIKE FIT

How a bike fits you, and how you fit the bike will define your experience of cycling. Let’s start with the basics

COMMISSIONED BUILDS

If you have a specification in mind, we can build the bike you want to your exact specification. Click through for a gallery of builds we have completed for our customers.

HOT TOPIC : Buying Used?

Take care when buying secondhand bikes from selling sites. We see a lot of bikes that are purchased from reselling sites such as FaceBook Marketplace, Gumtree and eBay.

Many of these bikes have defects with some seriously unsafe to ride.

Take a look at the basics of what to check below. If you need any advice when buying a used bike please do contact us. We are more than happy to help.

Tyres – check for wear or cracks, that they are inflated. Wheels – look for loose or broken spokes. That they spin freely and smoothly, with no sideways movement.
Brakes – check both front and back brakes work. That the levers are smooth. Check the pads and braking surface for wear.
Headset – the handlebar should steer the front wheel smoothly with no play forward and back – hold the front brake on and rock it back and forward to check this.
Bottom Bracket – the pedals and ‘crank’ should have no sideways movement, and move the front chainrings round smoothly.
Seat – check the seat and seat post can be moved to a position suitable for you.
Gears – check for chain wear if you can. Make sure any gears work correctly by taking it for a test ride. Gear shifters on the handlebars should be smooth to operate, The chain should be lightly oiled, not heavily greased.

Meet Our Team

Our team are friendly and knowledgeable with a broad spectrum of skills.

With a diverse background it’s a wonder they all get along.

But it’s their passion for bikes and cycling that makes them a team.

Learn a little about who you’ll meet at the project below.

Steve

Project Manager, Lead Mechanic, Ride Leader

The founder of the Canterbury Bike Project, Steve had a dream, and he is now 'living the dream'. With an encyclopaedic memory for all things bike, he must have studied all the manufacturers brochures since bikes began, and then went back and memorised the compatibility charts for all group sets ever made. And then there's his private collection, proving that the correct number of bikes is n+1.

Nothing is too much trouble for Steve. He appears calm and collected most of the time, yet we know that beneath this exterior there is a whirlwind of activity making sure the Project runs as smoothly as it does. And nothing is too much for Steve. If you turn up with a broken spoke at the end of the day when Steve is locking up, he'll switch the lights back on and get you up and cycling again.

As for riding style, MTB and Road are interchangeable for Steve. He does like a forest run, but maybe not the climbs that go with it, or the 'ting' of stone off the carbon frame.

Michael

Mechanic, Ride Leader

Logical and organised, with a love of 2 wheels, is how we should describe Michael. He likes a place for everything, and to have everything in it's place. A short chat with him in the workshop will involve following him round clearing benches and organising tools. When he's working on a bike however it's a different story...

The Canterbury Bike Project get's Mike away from his corporate day job, and leans on his engineering background. He would wear eau de oil and machine coolant if he could. Although not matching Steve's bike collection in quality, Mike has a collection of bicycles and motorcycles. Some of them in a state that can be ridden, most of them not, as Mike likes a project.

Starting out on a BMX many, many years ago, he has been a mountain bike rider for many years since, but has recently discovered road cycling and all the lycra that goes with it. The appeal, and also the struggle is the mental stamina needed for road cycling. He's still working on that bit...

Matt

Mechanic, Ride Leader

Ever since receiving his Raleigh Speedway in the 1980s (we know, he's looking good for his age - no early morning paper-round for this chap) Matt has been hooked on the freedom of getting out on a bike ride. Adventure cycling, camping and cooking on a little stove In the great outdoors, stinging nettles and thorns, legs feeling the burn; these are what drives Matt's passion. A bit of a masochist if you ask the rest of the team.

Matt is also very passionate about bicycle mechanics, and enjoys sharing his experience of all things bike related with anyone that will listen. The Canterbury Bike Project brings together everything he loves and is proud to be a part of it!

Matt is also an avid Drummer, Musician, Music Technologist, Teacher, Dad.

Fun fact - he failed cycling proficiency.

Will

Ride Leader

Will is the newest member to the team, having rediscovered his passion for cycling after several years away from two wheels preferring the comfort of commuting by car. He stumbled upon The Canterbury Bike Project when in need of assistance, with a disassembled wheel in one hand and a corresponding box of parts containing bearings and cogs in the other. Realising his bike mechanic skills weren't quite up to the job.

Since this first meeting with Steve, the projects Manager, he will admit that he has come a long way and has built his own bike on which he now enjoys his daily commute. In volunteering for The Canterbury Bike Project, he is looking forward to sharing his passion for cycling with the local community, meeting new people and building friendships.

He was welcomed onto the team during a riding trip to Wales where Will shared several stories. Many of which we can't share on here for a number of reasons, including legal. However, one we can share is that he once looked after Orlando Blooms mums stick insects when she went on holiday... successfully I might add.