ReCranked is a Y Ballarat initiative specialising in giving unwanted bikes new riders. We take old, unwanted, unused, broken or forgotten about bikes and revamp them into safe and serious modes of transport for those without wheels.

Donated bikes are given a complete overhaul in the ReCranked workshop by our staff, volunteers and young people. ReCranked bikes are given to new owners who also receive bike care and maintenance education and a brand new helmet, to ensure a lasting and happy friendship.


Having a way to get around is so important for anyone, especially young people. Delivering practically new bikes to people is a creative and realistic way to improve transport options for Ballarat residents.

ReCranked bikes have been used in local school bike education programs and sent to countries including Cambodia, Liberia and Namibia.

How you can help:

  • Bring in your old, unused or broken bike for recycling
  • Become a ReCranked Volunteer and donate your talents to our workshop
  • Make a donation to ReCranked to assist in purchasing helmets and bike locks
  • Above all else, tell people about ReCranked and the difference it makes – thanks!

ReCranked Volunteers

Volunteers ReCrankers are most welcome. If 18+ volunteers are interviewed and if recruited must complete a Y Ballarat induction and a Volunteer Working With Children Check.

ReCranked History

Y Ballarat, with City of Ballarat and Department of Planning and Community Development officially launched ReCranked in April 2013, with the presentation of the Y’s first 15 newly recycled bikes to local community agencies, who found new owners in the Ballarat area. Since its start, ReCranked has recycled over 2500 bikes!

The ReCranked Workshop is located at 35 Violet Grove, Wendouree (behind Youth Hub). ReCranked accepts donations of bikes and welcomes volunteers wishing to donate their time and skills. Contact 0460 631 985 or the Y Ballarat office (03) 4311 1500.

Download the ReCranked brochure here


a: 35 Violet Grove, Wendouree (behind the Youth Hub).
p: 0417 313 898 / (03) 4311 1500

ReCranked in Schools builds core skills such as confidence and team work for young people experiencing vulnerability or disengagement from learning, is strength-based and focuses on making learning fun.

The Y acknowledges the Traditional Owners of Country throughout Australia and their continuing connection to land, sea and community. We pay our respects to them and their cultures; and to Elders past, present and future.

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