The container is full of bike frames of all shapes and sizes, projects at various stages of completion as well as boxes full of old pedals, cassettes and cranks, saddles, tubes, tyres and every other component you can imagine. There are even some old classic bike frames squirreled away in the container, which Foggie intends to either sell or swap for components and other equipment once he’s fixed them up.
Whilst Up-Cycles is mostly about providing bikes for those that can’t afford them, of course the venture has other community benefits. “Recycling and repairing bicycles contributes to sustainable practices, waste reduction, and cost savings”, explains Foggie. “It also helps improve accessibility and encourages active transport. These upcycled bikes are slowly becoming a part of creating a more environmentally conscious and inclusive society”.
“But most importantly, riding a bike is fun”!
Foggie hopes that once Up-Cycles has a charitable status and access to more funding that he’ll be able to up-scale the operation. In addition to repairing bikes, future plans include skills development programmes to teach people how to fix and maintain their own bicycles as well as offering training programmes like Waka Kotahi’s “Bike Ready” road safety course to help improve people’s bike skills.
In the meantime, Alexandra’s Bicycle Repair Man continues to upcycle other people’s old junk into treasure providing freedom and fun to those most in need…. A superpower indeed!