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Bike Repair success

Members of the local community took up the offer of a free bike repair class run by Lochaber Environmental Group and Off Beat Bikes

The event was held at Off Beat Bikes in the high street, with their mechanics helping participants spruce up their bikes and getting them running smoothly again. The class covered cleaning of your bike, basic safety checks to carry out, how to fix a puncture and how to change brake pads.

The event was a great success with all participants saying they felt much more equipped now to make basic repairs on their bikes than before. One participant commented:

“I thoroughly enjoyed learning how to carry out basic safety checks on my bike and feel capable of making basic repairs. The mechanics were very friendly and knowledgeable. I will now be able to cycle my bike more as I have peace of mind that I can now change my tyre if I get a puncture”.

The bike repair class was organised by Lochaber Environmental Group as part of their Lochaber Energy and Waste Project, the organisation was awarded a grant of £99,965 from the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund (CCF). The Lochaber Energy and Waste project offers free support to Lochaber householders and businesses to help them reduce their carbon footprint by helping people save energy, reduce waste and repair items as well as supplying information on recycling and climate change.

The CCF is a Scottish Government grant programme, managed and administered by Keep Scotland Beautiful. The CCF provides funding and support for community groups to help tackle climate change by running projects that reduce local carbon emissions. 622 communities across Scotland have benefitted from CCF grants totalling £85.8 million.

Jamie Maxwell, Shop Manager, Off Beat Bikes said:

"The team at Off Beat Bikes ran an introductory course on bike maintenance to help people become more confident about keep their bikes on the road.

"Guided by shop mechanics Jon and Calum, participants covered subjects including brake/gear adjustments, cleaning, and repairing punctures. The evening was well received by all and we look forward to running more courses on both basic and more advanced aspects of bicycle maintenance."

Cara Mackay, Energy and Waste Officer at Lochaber Environmental Group said:

“It is great to see so many people want to learn how to look after their bike. Cycling has so many benefits it reduces your carbon footprint, benefits your health and saves you money. Hopefully after our class we will have more people in Lochaber cycling around on their newly repaired bikes.”

Due to the high demand more repair classes are planned for the future, those interested can register their interest with Christine at Lochaber Environmental Group on christine@lochaberenviro.org.uk or 01397 700090. Find out more about the Lochaber Energy and Waste project on the Lochaber Environmental Group website.

11 July 2017

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