Frequently Asked Questions

Cyclists Fighting Cancer provide bikes, trikes and equipment to children and young people whose lives have been affected by cancer.  Our primary aim is to help children to reintegrate and rehabilitate after treatments in a fun and exciting way. If you’re thinking about applying for an award, please read the following frequently asked questions then go to the Application Page or use the Contact form on this site if you have another question or email info@cyclistsfc.org.uk

How do I apply?

Please apply on line here or print off the application form and send via the postal service.

Is CFC a registered charity?

Yes, registered in England and Wales 1140017 and in Scotland SCO46635 please see the respective charity commission websites for full details.

Who can get a bike?

Bikes are available to children and young people who have been diagnosed with any cancer up to and including the age of 18. This can include their siblings (18 and under), parents can also apply in certain circumstances*. In all cases it needs to be shown that provision of additional cycles will encourage the applicant to use their cycle more. Regrettably Cyclists Fighting Cancer must restrict our awards to UK residents.

*Please contact us via email if you are wishing to apply for parents bikes prior to filling in the application.info@cyclistsfc.org.uk

Is there a limit to the number of bikes I can apply for?

No there isn’t but what we do ask that you bear in mind that CFC is a small charity trying to help as many kids affected by cancer as possible.   The rule of thumb is to give bikes to siblings and parents where those bikes will result in the child living with cancer will be encouraged to use their bike more.  If you are unsure regarding this and need more advice or would like to discuss your application please contact us.

Where can I see the bikes?

All our regular bike awards are made through our preferred suppliers Tandem Group Cycles, you can view their full ranges at www.dawescycles.com, http://claudbutler.co.uk/ and http://britisheagle.bike/ .  If you are applying for a specially adapted bike or trike you should contact us to discuss your needs in more detail.  Please specify where possible which bike or bike type is preferred.

Please note that the intention of our charity is to primarily to encourage exercise and activity for the child surviving cancer, therefore we ask that the bikes are appropriate to their age and intended use.  For example we fail to see where a BMX bike would be suitable unless for use in skate parks, organised racing or clubs, that said we are not anti BMX and have provided many over the years.

What about other equipment like trailers and tag-a-longs?

You can apply for additional equipment if it is the right solution for your situation. Tag-a-longs are ideal for young riders from the age of 4 – 8 years.  Trailers, baby seats and balance bikes are a great solution for even younger family members 1-3 years.  We always would recommend a bike or trike first wherever possible.

How long does it take to get a bike?

It is dependent upon stock at our suppliers but typically an award takes 6 to 8 weeks.  Specially adapted trikes can take much longer as they individually specified and built to order.

Does it cost anything?

Not a penny, Cyclists Fighting Cancer will cover the entire cost.

What if I need an adapted bike or trike?

We can supply a wide range of trikes and tandems from specialist suppliers to support all kinds of requirements including specialist advice on use of prosthetics etc.

We recommend that contact us on 01789 450011 to discuss this in more detail even if you feel your child wouldn’t be able to ride a trike or bike, we have over 13 years experience to draw on.

Is there a limit to the bike value?

We have a recommended retail price upper limit of £600* per application, however, we can approve bikes over this amount on application in special circumstances. For example, we received an application from a 17 year old who, before treatment, was doing triathlons but had outgrown his race bike in the intervening time. Cyclists Fighting Cancer were able to supply him a race bike so he could compete again. If your application is going to exceed this amount please email us as below.

*Please consider that we are supplying over 600 bikes and trikes per year.

If you have any other questions please email info@cyclistsfc.org.uk