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The Ethical "Buy One Give One" Elephant Bike

A Piece Of British Heritage - UK Postal Work Bikes Restored in UK with Parcel tray and optional Bike Basket.

Why Choose The Elephant Bike?

✔ Genuine British Postal Bikes, Handmade in the UK
✔ Professionally Restored Work Bike
✔ Limited Edition & Going Quickly
✔ You Buy One, We Give One to Charity
RRP £644.99, Our Refurbished Price from £250
✔ *UK Delivery usually within 2 weeks  for just £30!

*additional charges may apply for certain postcodes


If you’re not happy, we’ll fully refund your purchase on receipt of the returned bicycle.
Please see our Terms and Conditions *

Brilliant workhorse of a bike, with a great backstory and the knowledge that a second bike will be heading to Malawi to change a life.
The Guardian - Observer

Elephant Bike Story

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 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 £280It costs us around £200 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.

Buy One, Give One

You buy a bike, we give a bike, it’s as simple as that.
When you buy your robust and sturdy town bike, we will donate a bike to our social enterprise in Africa, where owning a bike can mean securing work, generating an income, or getting an invaluable education.

This is a unique and time-limited 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.

Buy A Bike

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
Road CC

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

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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1.  What size frame do I need?

Choosing the right frame size for you depends on your height, inside leg measurement and your reach. You are welcome to phone us for advice, but as a rough guide: The smaller frame is recommended for riders with a 27-35 inch inseam (inside-leg), and the larger frame for riders with a 31-40 inch inseam. Riders sized 31-35 inches can adjust either frame to fit.

The spec below may also help you decide which frame size works best for you:

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

How Big Is An Elephant?

Small Frame Tall Frame
Diagram Number and Description Imp (“) Met (cm) Imp (“) Met (cm)
1 Frame Size, measured from crank centre to top of down tube 18” 45.7 22” 55.8
2 Saddle in lowest position to pedal in low position 33 83.8 37 93.9
3 Saddle in highest position to pedal in low position 40 101.6 44 111.7
4 Step through height from ground 18.5 46.9 18.5 46.9
5 Reach from saddle to centre handle bars (with saddle in low position) 21.5 54.6 23.5 59.69
6 Carrier dimensions (outer) width x depth 21 x15.5 53.3 x 39.3 21 x 15.5 53.3 x 39.3
7 Front wheel diameter 24 66 24 66
8 Rear wheel diameter 26 66 26 66
9 Rear carrier length 20 50.8 20 50.8
10 Handle bar adjustment range 5 12.7 5 12.7

Important Information On Delivery and Returns:

Delivery and Returns

UK delivery for just £30.

Your Elephant Bike will arrive boxed and carefully wrapped, but getting an elephant in a box is never easy! To make it possible, we turn the handlebars in-line with the frame and we remove the pedals (please don’t worry; we will include them in the same box). We’ll give you, free of charge, some handy little bike tools so you can easily fit the pedals and turn the handlebars and attach the front carrier if ordered… then you’re ready to ride. For assembly instructions click here

Your order is complete when we receive payment in full,  we will then email your registered account email address to confirm your order and to provide an estimated delivery date. Delivery times can vary between 2-4 weeks. If you require delivery for a certain date please contact us BEFORE placing any order so we can confirm your delivery date. Your Elephant Bike will be carefully wrapped and packaged and delivered to your door by a reputable carrier to UK mainland addresses, please contact us prior to ordering if you require delivery to a postcode where normal delivery exclusions apply. We will provide you with tracking information and you will be required to sign for your delivery. Customer collection from our Longton warehouse is also welcome during standard office hours, please contact us prior to ordering if you wish to collect.

We hope that you are completely happy with your Elephant Bike and that you enjoy many years of happy cycling. However, if you are not, here’s what to do:

Order Arrived Damaged or Incomplete? Please telephone or email us within 30 working days of delivery and we will arrange to send missing parts, cover the cost of repair at your local inde bike shop, or to arrange a collection and refund or replacement at no cost to you.

Changed your mind? We know that these things happen, however, if you have simply decide you no longer wish to have an Elephant Bike you will need to return it to us at the address above within 14 days of delivery to you. You will be responsible for the return shipping costs.

View our Terms & Conditions here.

Specifications, Customisation and Support

2.    How many gears do the bikes have?

3 gears. Fairly low geared as the bikes were designed to carry weight. They are Stumey Archer drum gears


3.    Can I try a bike before I buy one?

You are more than welcome to come to Staffordshire to try a bike any time during standard office hours. If you don’t live close by, please contact us on 01543 888494 to check which shows or exhibitions we are doing in your area.


4.   What is the total carrying capacity of the bike?

The maximum weight capacity according to the original Royal Mail guidance is 150kg or about 23 stone


5.   Can I have custom colours and logo?

Yes! Please call us on 01543 888494 to talk about your needs so that we can give you a quote for additional costs.


6.    Can I fit a child seat?

Yes, many standard rear or up-front seats fit.


7.   How much does the bike weigh?

Around 23kg


8.    Do you fit new parts?

We re-use all serviceable and working parts wherever possible, we like to recycle! There are some exceptions; every bike has a brand new bottom bracket for example. But all parts are checked, tested and then tested again before we dispatch your bike.


9.   I have a mechanical problem with my bike, can you help?

We provide a six month guarantee (normal domestic use only) for all mechanical parts of your bike, so if you have a problem within six months of purchase, please contact us so we can help you. We will either send you a spare to fit yourself if it’s easy. Or we’ll ask you to take your bike to your local independent bikes shop (and we’ll even find the address and phone number for you!) and we’ll pay the bill. In extreme and rare circumstances, we will replace your bike completely at no cost to you at all. Please see our full terms and conditions on the buy a bike page, or on your order confirmation email.


10.   I’ve change my mind and I don’t want my bike now that I’ve tried it?

No problem, these things happen. Just let us know within 14 days of purchase. We’ll ask you to put it back in the box so that we can arrange to have it collected on a day that suits you. We will ask you to pay for the return collection costs. Please see our full terms and conditions on the buy a bike page, or on your order confirmation email.

Elephant Bike Delivery

Delivery Options:

1.    Can I collect the bike from you?

Yes, you are more than welcome to collect your bike any time Monday to Friday in office hours. Please contact us before you place your order so that we don’t charge you for delivery.


2.   Do you deliver internationally?

No, we only deliver our Elephant Bikes to UK addresses.


3.   Do I have to be at home when my bike is delivered?

Yes, all deliveries need a signature. Our standard delivery needs you to be available to receive your bike between 8am-6pm, but we will always phone you before we dispatch so that you know exactly which day your bike will arrive. If you have to “nip out for ten minutes” and you have a safe place your bike can be left please leave a note for our couriers. The note should have the date, details of where the bike can be left and your name and signature, the driver will need to take the note away with him as proof that you accept full responsibility for the safety and security of your bike while it is left unattended… much easier just to stay at home and wait for your bike!


4.   Can I have a timed delivery?

Yes, this is possible to most UK addresses, but there will be a surcharge and this will depend on your needs. Please contact us on 01543 888494 during office hours so that we check your requirements and let you know about costs.


5.   Can I have my delivery on a Saturday?

Yes, there is a £15 surcharge for this. You will need to specify a Saturday delivery when you go through our check-out and the surcharge will be automatically applied.


6.  I live in a narrow lane/ restricted access property, can you still deliver?

Please call us on 01543 888494 before you place your order so that we can double check your delivery options.


7.   I live on the 56th floor of a block of flats with no lift, can you still deliver?

Your bicycle weighs about 23kg, we would seriously recommend that you re-consider and purchase a bike that weighs a lot less if you have a lot of stairs to negotiate on a regular basis.


8.  Is my bike flat packed?

No! Your bike is all built ready for you. We do turn the handle bars and remove the pedals, but we provide you with the tools to attach these, you can be riding 15 minutes after you receive you boxed Elephant!

Charity Work and Working with Malawi

Charity Work

1.   Is the bike sent to Malawi exactly the same as my Elephant Bike?

No, we do not renovate the bikes we send to Malawi, we ship them in the condition we receive them. When they arrive in Malawi, they go to Beebike, our bike workshops. There, our experienced bike mechanics give them a good check over and carry out all repairs. This helps to provide much need employment in Chilomoni (the township where we work)


2.    Do you only send Elephant Bikes to Malawi?

No, we send all sorts of donated bikes to Malawi. We send as many postal bikes as we can, at least as many as the number of Elephant Bikes we sell, because they are so strong and good for African roads. But we also send mountain bikes, cargo bikes, road bikes, even children’s bikes. We typically send 3 times as many bikes to Malawi as we sell in the UK each year.


3.   What happens to the bikes when they arrive in Malawi?

They are renovated and sold, relatively low cost, to anyone who needs a bike. The money raised from the bike sales in Malawi funds vital childcare and family support for orphaned and vulnerable local children.


4.  Why is it important to get bikes to Malawi?

Owning a bike in Malawi is life transforming! It means you can cycle to school or work which can save time and money. It means you can transport goods to market or set up your own business. Studies in comparable areas show that household income levels can rise by about 35% if a family owns a bike.


5.   How do I know this is all happening… do you really send a bike to Malawi?

We work incredibly closely with our Malawi projects. We load the shipping containers ourselves here in Staffordshire and quite often, one of us will help unload it in Malawi too! We are in constant communication with our colleagues in Malawi and very involved with all the work. All of our charity work is audited and checked, we submit annual reports to the Charities Commission and you can see all of our annual returns on their website, please just search for Krizevac Project registered number 1115608


6.    Can I contact the person in Malawi who receives my “give one” bike?

No, this is not possible. The bikes in Malawi are sold as a normal commercial transaction (albeit not-for-profit to fund the children’s centre) and we’re proud the Malawi bike workshops operate as a business rather than a charity project. We don’t keep track of the customers or share their details. Where possible we do ask people to share their stories and we share these with you via video and social media updates.


7.   Can I donate a bike to you?

Yes please! If you can deliver it to us, we welcome donations.


8.    Do you only take bikes or are there other things you collect for Malawi?

We collect and send bikes, books and sewing machines, as well as the occasional JCB! You can see some great short films about all of our work here: http://www.krizevac.org/movie-page/

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