Volunteer: Shop/Retail

Volunteer: Shop/Retail

The Bike Station profile:
We are a social enterprise and charitable company dedicated to helping people to overcome barriers to cycling in Scotland. We recycle donated bikes, sell them at affordable prices and use the proceeds to help more people across Scotland get cycling, help people learn to ride their bicycles safely and learn to repair them themselves. As a charitable company we also support our activities through grant funding. We work for a future where everyone has the opportunity to enjoy cycling and its benefits, and can access the support, advice and skills they need to keep their bike safely on the road.

Time commitment:

A minimum of 4-7 hours per week, exact days to be agreed

Main tasks:

  • Customer service and sales
  • Sales advice
  • Handling cash
  • Recording donated bikes and parts
  • General retail duties in a shop environment


  • Good communication skills, customer friendly
  • Experience and knowledge of different types of bicycles
  • Experience in a retail environment is useful but not essential
  • Ability to work as part of a small team

What we can offer you:

Volunteering with us will give you the opportunity to:

  • Learn or try new things and develop new skills
  • Build your confidence in a retail environment
  • Gain work experience and add to your CV
  • Meet new people or make new friends
  • Support your local community by providing affordable bikes


Please email rich@thebikestation.org.uk or hand in an application form to Rich Beard at 250 Causewayside Edinburgh EH9 1UU. 0131 668 1996
Volunteer Application forms can be downloaded here.

Vacancy for three Bicycle Refurbishing Mechanics, Edinburgh

Vacancy for three Bicycle Refurbishing Mechanics, Edinburgh

Are you looking for a new challenge? We are looking for experienced bicycle mechanics to join our growing team in Edinburgh.

Full Time 35 hours per week. Two of the posts will have one-year contracts and one will have a six-month contract. Competitive rates of pay.

The posts will be at The Bike Station Edinburgh, 250 Causewayside, EH9 1UU.

Organisation profile:
We are a social enterprise and charitable company. Now the largest recycler of bikes in the UK with 25 employees and a turnover of £750,000 our aim is a future where everyone has the opportunity to cycling and its benefits, and access to the support, advice and skills they need to keep their bike safely on the road. We refurbish donated bikes, sell them at affordable prices and use the proceeds to overcome barriers to cycling in Scotland.

The post:
The candidate should possess proven skill and experience as a mechanic, along with great communication skills. We have worked hard to build a strong reputation as a friendly, talented and reliable workshop, and these values need to be upheld and built upon. The ability to work as part of a team, and adapt to a changing work load is essential.
The main activity will be producing finished refurbished bikes to a high standard on a daily basis, with a target of three bikes a day, whilst maintaining a safe and clean working environment.

As the sale of refurbished bikes is the core business activity so its important that production targets are met. Flexibility is also needed as there can be a variety of mechanic duties to undertake, including warehouse storage, repairs, Dr Bike and other outside events. Some Saturday work will be required.


  • Ideally you will have at least two years professional experience as a bike mechanic
  • A recognized qualification in bike maintenance and assembly is desirable but not essential
  • Driving Licence desirable but not essential
  • Basic IT skills

Application is by CV and letter of interest, stating why you would like the role and outlining how you fit the person specification, to: recruitmentment@thebikestation.org.uk We welcome applications from all sections of the community.

Deadline for applications: 12 noon Friday 10th may 2019

Contact us, again.

We were wondering why you had all gone quiet and had stopped sending us email message via our website. After a wee bit of poking around, we have just found that all our contact forms were sending your messages to spam. Sorry about this, we have fixed now and would really love to hear from you again.

The form effected included the Donate a Bike form, the Cycle Training and the contact form on the right-hand side of the page. All of these are now working again, and we’d love to hear from you!

Cycle Friendly Employer Plus Award for RBS Gogarburn

RBS cycle friendly employer award

The Edinburgh Bike Station is proud to have supported the Royal Bank of Scotland’s Gogarburn HQ, who have been presented with the first-ever Cycle Friendly Employer Plus Award in Scotland.

Keith Irving, CEO of Cycling Scotland, and Wendy Graham from the Edinburgh Bike Station presented the award to Ross McEwan, CEO of RBS and David Monaghan, chief cycle champion at RBS.

This award is in recognition of the sterling efforts of RBS Gogarburn to support and encourage more staff to cycle. Efforts have included the introduction of a business mileage rate, the introduction of a pool bike scheme for staff, an exemplary bicycle user groups, support from senior management, and excellent changing and parking facilities.

The award is delivered with funding from Transport Scotland and supported by Healthy Working Lives.

The Edinburgh Bike Station is an accredited Cycling Scotland service centre, delivering local support for employers registered for the award.

The Cycle Friendly Employer Award is open to all Scottish employers. Interested employers can register online by completing a short questionnaire at www.cycling.scot.  Alternatively any Edinburgh and Lothians workplaces can contact Wendy at the Bike Station on wendy[at]thebikestation.org.uk for further details. There is also more information here.

New Maintenance Class Dates for 2018

New Maintenance Class Dates for 2018

New dates for our popular Maintenance Classes are below. Remember to book asap as there are limited spaces on the courses and we tend to book up quickly.

Please book by calling 0131 668 1996 emailing info@thebikestation.org.uk


*Session 1* (£35) Dates:

Tuesday 4th September  7:30pm – 9:30pm

Tuesday 2nd October  7:30pm – 9:30pm

Tuesday  6th November  7:30pm – 9:30pm

Tuesday 4th December  7:30pm – 9:30pm


*Session 2* (£35) Dates:

Tuesday 11th September  7:30pm – 9:30pm

Tuesday 9th October  7:30pm – 9:30pm

Tuesday 13th November  7:30pm – 9:30pm

Tuesday 11th December  7:30pm – 9:30pm


Note: Once a booking has been made and payment received, a cancellation policy of 7 days notice will apply. If a cancellation is made within 7 days of the class starting, we will only be able to make a refund if we are able to fill the place. We reserve the right to cancel a course if we do not receive a minimum number of bookings – you will receive a full refund in this instance.

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