AN organisation dedicated to cycling in Bradford has become so successful it needs more volunteers to keep its wheels spinning.

Cycle-Re-Cycle, a not-for-profit enterprise to get people back on their bikes and fit, said getting a mention in the Telegraph & Argus has helped up its sale of recycled bikes to the public.

Between April and June last year it sold 206 bikes - in the same period this year the figure so far stands at 238.

All the money made is ploughed back into the initiative which is based on Westholme Street, off Thornton Road.

The initiative has just taken part in the Big Bike Revival - a nationally organised fortnight of family-friendly events aimed at getting people cycling this summer.

It has been running workshops and a series of rides for all ages, one was over Thornton Viaduct and the other one on Saturday was at the Five Rise Locks in Bingley.

Chris Evans, the chairman of Cycle-Re-Cycle which has a shop and a workshop on its premises, said: "The fortnight has been such a success that we want to keep it rolling. We're in talks with the national organisers and are just waiting for an e-mail back to say yes or no."

But as Cycle-Re-Cycle gets more popular the busier it has become, and more people are needed now to give up their spare time and give a hand.

"Being popular is fantastic but it has brought us a problem that we are desperate for volunteer bicycle mechanics and an administrator as we generate a lot of records that need entering on to our database," Mr Evans said.

"We need more bodies because the signs are that we are going to get even busier."

On Saturday the initiative had a bike amnesty for people to bring in their old unwanted bikes for a makeover.

Mr Evans said: "It's word of mouth that we are here doing what we do and Facebook that is also getting us known, We are getting about 1,000 hits a day which is amazing."

Bikes come from various sources,with many donated by the public and Bradford Council. The cycles then go out, fully checked, to those in need - from people looking for work, to schools, foster parents, students and groups such as the YMCA and Barnardos Young carers.

About 27 per cent of people who buy bikes from theThornton Roadshop are new to cycling, while 29 per cent are returning to it.