Bike Servicing & Refurbishment Mechanic

  • Full Time
  • Bristol

Website Life Cycle

Bike Servicing & Refurbishment Mechanic

Salary: £21,255 – £23,625. (Uplifted to £27,505, pro rata, for prison workshop cover up to 8 weeks per year.)

Working hours: Full-time (37.5 hours per week).

Working days: Mostly Monday – Friday, but you will be required to work 2 Saturdays per month.

Contract: Permanent.

Location: Bristol.

Deadline for applications: Monday 27th March 2023, by 9 am.

Job Description

Your day-to-day role will be based at our HUB workshop, a publicly accessible and professionally equipped bike workshop in the car park of Horfield Prison. Here, you will work on a mixture of servicing bikes for paying customers, refurbishing donated bikes and selling bikes to ‘walk in’ customers and/or buyers on eBay. You will also support the prison team one day per week, for example by taking spare tools, unfixed bikes and spare parts into our secure prison workshop.

You will work alongside and support a fantastic team of volunteers to refurbish and sell unwanted bikes donated by the public. This may include men Released on Temporary License from Bristol Prison, as well as ex-offenders on work placements after release from prison.

The successful candidate will have a proactive personality and be confident working independently. You will be an excellent bicycle mechanic, with experience of working on a wide range of bikes. You will have good time management skills, strong customer service skills and be able to deal professionally with people from all backgrounds.  You will work in, and help maintain, a well-equipped workshop, be able to cope with a busy working environment and get jobs done on time to a high standard.

You will have an interest in developing the skills to oversee bike repair sessions for prisoners at our secure workshop inside the prison. For up to 8 weeks per year, your salary will be uplifted as you work inside our secure prison workshop, running sessions when our Prison Workshop Instructor is on annual leave. This is a unique opportunity to make a real difference and help prisoners to gain new skills, confidence and move towards gainful employment in the bike industry after release:

“I know so much more about bikes and I’m so much more confident in myself. I can focus better and feel great I stuck to it and achieved my goal. I now want to work in the bike industry or volunteer for a bike project. It would be a great achievement [for me]” – Emmet, prisoner.

Comprehensive training and ongoing support will be given by workshop colleagues and our Prison Learning and Skills Manager to help you succeed in this.

For a full list of responsibilities and person specifications, please download the Job Pack, available on Life Cycle’s website.


  • £21,255 – £23,625. (Uplifted to £27,505, pro rata, for prison workshop cover up to 8 weeks per year.)
  • Pension scheme (5% of salary).
  • 31 days holiday per annum (pro-rata).
  • Company sick pay.
  • Staff discounts on refurbished bikes.  
  • Cycle to work scheme and Techscheme.
  • Free cycle training and an annual bike check-up. 
  • Discounted Endura cycle clothing.

To apply

To apply for this position, please follow the guidelines outlined in the Job Pack available on Life Cycle’s website.

Deadline: Monday 27 March 2023, by 9 am.

Interviews: Friday 31 March 2023.

We will hold interviews at: The Life Cycle HUB, 19 Cambridge Road, Bristol BS7 8PS. Interviews will include an assessment of bike mechanic skills.    

Start date: We are looking to have a candidate in post as soon as possible.

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