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✔Genuine British-made postal bikes
✔Professionally restored
✔Limited edition & going quickly
✔You buy one, we send one to Malawi
✔Choose your own colour
✔Pricing from £330

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The steel frame comes in two sizes and it’s practically indestructible:yours will cope easily with a daily commute or shopping trip; while its African twin, living a parallel life, will have no trouble hauling 20kg loads on rutted roads. And you be assured that both deliver a first-class ride.
Martin Love : June 30th 2019

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With Tray

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With Both

Bike with tray & basket
It not only represents excellent value for money but it’ll actually make a difference to the lives of less bike-fortunate people.
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Refurbished Royal Mail Postal Bikes

For over a hundred years, our postal services commissioned top-quality, British-made bikes for posties delivering our mail. But the way we use postal services has changed: we’re sending more parcels thanks to internet shopping and fewer letters due to email. Bikes are no longer suitable for our posties and they have gradually been phasing out their use. But that’s not the end of the story. For the past few years Krizevac Project (a UK-registered charity) has been on a mission to save the bikes from landfill as they are decommissioned. We’ve given them a new lease of life: supporting the successful growth of social enterprises in Malawi, Africa – one of the poorest countries in the world.

The Malawi bike workshops
In Chilomoni Township, Malawi a quiet revolution of enterprise creation is helping to end poverty for some of the world’s most vulnerable people. Since 2007 Krizevac Project has worked hard to create viable social enterprises. These businesses create training opportunities and meaningful jobs. To date 380 people who previously lived on less than £1 per day are in secure long-term employment. All of the money generated by the enterprises pays for children’s education and community family support. This helps to break the cycle of poverty and creates future Malawian business leaders.

One of our most successful enterprises is BeeBikes. Sponsorship from Mobal Communications Ltd, a US mobile phone company, helped Krizevac to ship thousands of ex-postal Mailstar bikes to Malawi over the past six years. The African workshop employs eight local people to repair and service the donated bikes from Britain. They are then sold to Malawians who can travel to work, transport goods to market and travel miles to school or college. Bikes in Malawi can be life transforming and often mean an income for life. The profits from Beebikes funds care for pre-school children in our own Mother Teresa Children’s Centre in the heart of the township.

How the Elephant Bike was born 
Some of the Malawi bikes were sold to Liwonde National Park; home to the majority of Malawi’s protected wildlife. The Fence Wardens were delighted with their ex-postal bikes and their new found ability to complete 30-mile patrols of the rhino fencing in record time. But it turns out that elephants don’t like red and the Wardens were at danger of being chased. Desperate to solve this problem, the Wardens tried out some re-sprayed green bikes. Remarkably, the elephants no longer gave chase… and the first Elephant Bikes were born.

How we use the funds

You buy an Elephant Bike along with a carrier and basket for £330. It costs us around £250 to collect, store, process, shot-blast, powder coat, transport, purchase spares and baskets, final quality check, sell, and package and post each bike. 100% of the remaining £80 is used to ship bicycles to Malawi. This represents at least 1 bike (and actually nearly 2 bikes) sent to Malawi for every bike sold here in the UK.

Krizevac Project is a UK Registered Charity Number 1115608.

This Is A Unique And One Time Opportunity

There will only ever be 5000 Elephant Bikes, making these individually numbered, fully refurbished postal bikes real collectors’ pieces.

We’re helping to develop skills in the UK by working in partnership with HM Prisons across the Midlands. Offenders are developing their employment skills by helping us to refurbish the bikes. They strip the frames prior to professional shot-blasting and powder coating in a range of attractive colours. Offenders are given the chance to attain a certificate in bicycle maintenance, boosting their skills, confidence and likelihood of gaining employment (a key step to preventing repeat offences).

Therefore buying an Elephant Bike means you’re helping to transform lives here in the UK as well as in Africa.

A Classic Bike Made In UK

Made in Britain by top quality bike experts, the Elephant Bike is a robust steel step through frame in a choice of two sizes. With easy to use 3 speed hub gears and great load carrying capacity, this is the bike you need for town shopping and commuting.

This bike has been kept in tip-top condition throughout its life as the postal service has a rigorous maintenance schedule. But to ensure that it’s ready to ride, from the moment you open the box (some self-assembly required); it has been fully refurbished just for you. It will still show signs of previous use, but it will give you the same years of reliable service as it gave to our posties.

How we prepare your bike:

Each bike has been stripped down to its bare essentials; it is then shot-blasted and re-coated in your colour choice. Your bike is carefully re-built, using quality new parts where necessary. Finally it is professionally cleaned and ride-tested prior to dispatch. We cannot eliminate every sign of its age or previous use, but your bike will be checked to make sure there is no remaining rust or obvious flaws. We’ll also check that parts that are supposed to move, move smoothly and bits that are not supposed to move – don’t!

It’s indisputably great value for a bike that is likely to last and last
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Specifically we check for:

  • Tyre tread- at least 50% of original tread remaining, no splits, cracks or other damage.
  • Gears- will change smoothly
  • Brakes- tested for stopping power in wet and dry conditions.
  • Supplied with one rear red reflector and integrated pedal reflectors only

Our promise to you: is simple.
If you’re not happy, we’ll fully refund your purchase on receipt of the returned bicycle.

Elephant Bike Specification:

  • Frame – durable steel 22 or 18 inch step-through design frame.
  • Gears – 3 speed, trigger shifter, low maintenance hub gears. Heavy duty steel cranks.
  • Brakes – tested for stopping power in wet and dry conditions
  • Saddle – Designed, padded and sprung for comfort.
  • Wheels and Tyres – 26″ rear and 24″ front alloy rims with 13 gauge spokes with 1¾” tyres.
  • Load Carrying – 20kg on rear carrier. Additional 20kg if you select the optional front carrier.
  • Overall weight approx. 23kg


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How big is an Elephant Bike?

Diagram Number and Description Small Frame
Imp (“) Met (cm)
1 Frame Size, measured from crank centre to top of down tube 18” 45.7
2 Saddle in lowest position to pedal in low position 33 83.8
3 Saddle in highest position to pedal in low position 40 101.6
4 Step through height from ground 18.5 46.9
5 Reach from saddle to centre handle bars (with saddle in low position) 21.5 54.6
6 Carrier dimensions (outer) width x depth 21 x15.5 53.3 x 39.3
7 Front wheel diameter 24 66
8 Rear wheel diameter 26 66
9 Rear carrier length 20 50.8
10 Handle bar adjustment range 5 12.7
Diagram Number and Description Tall Frame
Imp (“) Met (cm)
1 Frame Size, measured from crank centre to top of down tube 22” 55.8
2 Saddle in lowest position to pedal in low position 37 93.9
3 Saddle in highest position to pedal in low position 44 111.7
4 Step through height from ground 18.5 46.9
5 Reach from saddle to centre handle bars (with saddle in low position) 23.5 59.69
6 Carrier dimensions (outer) width x depth 21 x 15.5 53.3 x 39.3
7 Front wheel diameter 24 66
8 Rear wheel diameter 26 66
9 Rear carrier length 20 50.8
10 Handle bar adjustment range 5 12.7
Look at it, just look at it. Tell me it isn’t gorgeous…It’s built to take a hefty load, which makes it the ideal shopper or run around for the allotment. And it’s very low maintenance
Cab Davidson- Cambridge Cyclist

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