Free bike re­pair work­shop en­cour­ages cy­clists to get back in the sad­dle

The Oban Times - - News -

MEM­BERS of the Lochaber com­mu­nity were of­fered a free bike re­pair class to en­cour­age them to take care of their bikes and use them more around Lochaber.

The event was held at Off Beat Bikes in High Street, with me­chan­ics help­ing par­tic­i­pants spruce up their bikes and get them run­ning smoothly again.

The bike re­pair class was or­gan­ised by Lochaber En­vi­ron­men­tal Group as part of its Lochaber En­ergy and Waste Project, which was awarded a grant of £99,965 from the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment’s Cli­mate Chal­lenge Fund.

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 Cli­mate Chal­lenge Fund (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.

Jamie Maxwell, Off Beat Bikes shop man­ager, said: ‘The team at Off Beat Bikes ran an in­tro­duc­tory course on bike main­te­nance to help peo­ple be­come more con­fi­dent about keep­ing 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 ev­ery­one and we look for­ward to run­ning more cour­ses on both ba­sic and more ad­vanced as­pects of bi­cy­cle main­te­nance.’

Cara Mackay, en­ergy and waste of­fi­cer, 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.’

Off Beat Bikes ran the pop­u­lar re­pair work­shop.

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