Mountain Bike Club keeps the wheels turning
The Arran High School Mountain Bike Club has extended its range by offering members of the public free bicycle maintenance during workshop open days along with Arran’s first bike repair station.
What started out as a group of cyclists enjoying themselves and taking part in a healthy outdoor pursuit has blossomed into an altruistic endeavour far bigger than club teacher Robert McNiece could have imagined.
With support from the Big Lottery’s Young Start Fund, the group visited all of the islands primary schools to deliver free bike MOTs and repairs, along with training pupils on how to repair their bicycles themselves.
Following the success and interest by cyclists and pupils, members of the club decided to offer the same service to the public during their workshop open day.
On Saturday October 6, during the open day, pupils repaired customers bikes, tuned gears, adjusted brakes, replaced broken pedals, replaced brake and gear cables and washed bikes, and, in the process, six of them earned themselves a Park Tool School cycle mechanic qualification.
The club has also gone one step further and has installed Arran’s first public bike repair station, free to use for anyone needing to pump up their tyres or conduct any minor repairs themselves, using a variety of useful tools attached to a specially designed stand.
In addition to this, the Arran High School Mountain Bike Club continues to receive donated bikes and sell recycled bikes diverted from Brodick’s waste transfer station at affordable prices. They also plan to offer their bike building skills in time for Christmas, details of which will be shared later in the year once confirmed.
Brakes and wheel alignment are adjusted by the mechanic.
A pupil demonstrates how the bike repair station and attached tools can be used.
Customers line up to have their bicycles repaired at the Arran High School Mountain Bike Club open day.
Customers’ bicycles receive a thorough clean.
Six pupils proudly display their Park Tool School cycle mechanic qualification.
A pupil adjusts the gears on a customer’s bike.
Pupils hard at work in the bicycle maintenance workshop.
The Arran High School Mountain Bike Club’s first public bike repair station.