We want your bicycle
Refurbs are now embarking on a project to further prevent landfill and improve Mental health by looking to provide a service for refurbishing bicycles that are unwanted and offering them for sale in our showrooms. We have partnered with Alex Foden from Bike Mechanix who will ensure the bikes for sale are road worthy and complete any small repairs that are necessary.
Bikes going to landfill are a huge problem all over the world and we believe we that not only are their obvious landfill benefits but access to affordable bicycles will also help improve mental health, here are 7 reasons that cycling can be beneficial :
1. Reduces stress
Let’s face it, life can be really demanding sometimes. Getting out on your bicycle every day helps to reduce these stresses. Not only has it been proven that cardiovascular exercise helps to reduce stress and ease anxiety, but cycling, in particular, has been said to benefit the rider’s overall state of mind.
2. Reduces risk of depression
The sheer enjoyment of riding a bike can be enough to ease the mind of some of its demons and reduce the risk of depression and mental illness.
3. Helps you sleep better
Riders are able to get their circadian rhythm in sync by riding regularly. In addition, cycling can help to reduce levels of cortisol in the body which is a stress hormone that may block regenerative, deep sleep. It also can positively affect brain serotonin which can improve your sleep cycles.
4. Improves your memory
As aging sets it, it is often difficult to maintain a sharp memory. Riding a bike helps to build new brain cells in the hippocampus, this is the region of the brain responsible for a person’s memory.
5. Helps you feel good
People who choose to cycle instead of drive gain a sense of pride by helping save the environment. Reducing your carbon footprint and avoiding adding to the world’s pollution does a wonder for making you feel good about yourself. Cyclists enjoy the benefits of a “cycling high”. Similar to a “runner’s high”, cyclists often note that the endorphins that come from the physical exercise of riding a bike make them feel happy.
6. Improves creative thinking
All kinds of artists and musicians take a bike ride when they are suffering a mental block. The ability to exercise while getting fresh air helps to sharpen problem-solving skills as well as creativity. Avid cyclists note that they have an addiction to riding. This positive addiction is a great way to refocus your mind’s energy into a positive place.
7. Helps boost productivity
Recent studies have suggested that employees who bike to work are more productive. In addition, a quick afternoon bike ride can boost your energy levels and help you have a more productive evening.
So we would really appreciate your donations of bicycles so long as they meet some criteria for their condition :
1) No cracks or frame damage
2) No bends/buckles to wheels or broken spokes
3) Brakes function
4) Tyres are not worn excessively
5) Chain is not excessively rusty
6) Saddle and handlebars are not excessively worn