Chance to overhaul neglected bikes

MICHELE ONG
Last updated 05:00 01/02/2014
Hasely Lobb
DOMINIKA ZIELINSKA/Fairfax NZ
BIKE CHECK: Owner Hasely Lobb of Bike Barn Taranaki, will be at the Wind Wand today to help people get their bikes shipshape.

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New life can be pumped back into cyclists' worn bikes at the Big Bike Fix at New Plymouth's Wind Wand car park today.

The event, from 10am to noon, is one of many RIDE Summertime Rolls programmes the New Plymouth District Council has up its sleeve in a bid to encourage residents to get cycling.

"In garages all around the district are bikes with broken spokes, loose chains, dodgy brakes, and flat tyres that just need a little work to get them road-worthy again," Let's Go Sustainable Transport co-ordinator Nathaniel Benefield said.

New Plymouth Bike Barn will be on site to carry out repair duties and dispense expert advice on bicycles and cycling-related tips.

Mr Benefield said the clinic was also a good opportunity for parents to get their children's bikes checked before the school term started.

A limited number of $20 Bike Barn vouchers will be available for those whose repair needs are too big for the team to carry out on the day.

The day would be ideal for people who were serious about getting back on their bikes, Mr Benefield said.

Visit letsgo.org.nz for more information on various upcoming RIDE programmes.

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