JOURNEY IN THE MAKING
Bike repairs & servicing
Student bike leasing
Big Loop Bikes at Queen's University is open from 10am - 4pm, Tuesday to Friday.
We are located at the back of the Queen's central quad, in Level 1 of the Administration Building, just across from the McClay Library.
If you would like to book your bike in for servicing or repair, then follow this link:
Big Loop Bikes is our bike refurbishment social enterprise. We set it up in 2017, based on an idea that students at Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) and students in Hydebank Secure College came up with, and with financial and practical support from the Big Lottery, QUB and the Prison Service.
Initially, Big Loop Bikes operated in a workshop within Hydebank College, using staff and community volunteers to teach students skills in bike repair and management.
We collected unwanted bikes in the community - donated to us by individuals, by the Police Service, and by universities, or diverted by us from landfill sites - and once signed off by qualified bike mechanics, we sold them at pop up shops in the community.
But we have always had a big ambition that Big Loop Bikes would grow into a movement of people, with different backgrounds, who enjoy bikes – riding them, fixing and recycling them, selling them and encouraging others to use them – and who enjoy spending time with other people. So the next stage of the Big Loop journey is to extend beyond our workshop in Hydebank College and into the community, and we're delighted that we have now partnered with Queen's University Belfast to set up up a bike hub offering bike leasing, repairs and refurbished bikes for sale.
And with support from the Tribeca development we have also secured premises on Belfast's North Street which will increase our workshop and storage capacity.
We'll still operate a workshop within Hydebank College, but these community-based workshops will allow us to provide Turnaround’s transitional support model in which people working with us before release can continue to work with us afterwards, providing a framework of engagement and support as they transition out of custody.
They will also allow us to provide opportunities for people serving sentences in the community, and for many more community volunteers to work alongside them. New relationships, new skills, a sense of purpose and a shift in identity are all important in helping people to turn around their futures. Our Big Loop Bikes community workshops will provide the space for our movement and its members to grow.
BIG LOOP MOVEMENT...
Would you like to play a part in building this movement?
We are looking for volunteers to help us develop and run an expanded social enterprise, and the wider Big Loop movement.
We need people who will help to collect bikes, strip them down and rebuild them.
There will also be with opportunities in marketing, sales, administration and book-keeping. We plan to run Big Loop Bike events, and create a community space where you and everyone else, regardless of their background, will feel welcome and involved. So whatever your interests or skills, we’ll find a role for you!
Above all, we are looking for people who want to share new journeys with people who have been through the justice system.
Click here to get in touch with us and discuss how you could get involved in the Big Loop Movement.