Moun­tain Bike Club keeps the wheels turn­ing

The Arran Banner - - Sport -

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.

Free MOTs

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.

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