Taking Care of the Planet
Cycling is a fabulous way to look after the environment and bikes are a truly wonderful invention: a planet-friendly mode of transport that is fun to use, makes us fitter, frees our minds and is relatively cheap to buy and maintain. What’s not to like!
We’re proud to buy British whenever we can and are lucky enough to be located within the ‘golden triangle’ of UK bike manufacturing: some of our favourite brands like Orange, Hope, Pendle, Weldtite and Lusso all have design/production facilities nearby. Some are so close that we’ll sometimes go and fetch emergency orders from the factory if we need to!
If you’re a cyclist then it’s actually pretty easy being green. The Blazing Saddles staff all commute by bike whenever possible and we keep an eye out for environmentally friendly alternatives to existing products, switching over where performance equals or betters less environmentally sound options (eg. we’ve just started stocking biodegradable, UK-manufactured Green Oil alongside our other cleaning products).
As much of our waste is re-used as possible: for example, the bubble wrap, zip ties and rubber bands which arrive on every new bike are carefully sorted for hoarding in the workshop. Anything we can’t find an alternative purpose for is recycled: everything from scrap metal and dead inner tubes to the copious amount of tea bags and coffee grounds we consume daily is dispatched to start a new life as something else. We use sturdy, re-usable paper bags to wrap your purchases and have a battery deposit point in store for customer use, too.
We also support Calderdale’s local bike recycling project Cycle Recycle, which is based around the corner from Blazing Saddles in the Alternative Technology Centre. They rely on donations of second-hand bikes and parts to keep the initiative running and if you’re looking for a second-hand bike then we’ll send you straight there to browse the reclaimed and vintage offerings from Ben and his crew of trainee mechanics.