Cyclists get a helping hand

Bikes fixed for free

SUSAN STRONGMAN
Last updated 05:00 03/02/2014
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Kaiani Henderson, 5, from New Plymouth treated his bike to a tune-up at the Big Bike Fix

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Cyclists pumped the life back into their bikes at the Big Bike Fix on Saturday.

The event, at New Plymouth's Wind Wand, was to help people who were wanting to ride more often, Let's Go Sustainable Transport co-ordinator Nathaniel Benefield said.

The event attracted a good number of people wanting to get their bikes safety-checked and serviced by volunteer bike mechanics, including New Plymouth Bike Barn staff.

The event was one of many activities on the RIDE Summertime Rolls programme scheduled for this summer by the New Plymouth District Council.

Kalani Henderson, a 5-year-old Central School pupil, brought his bike along for a check-up.

"I got it for my third birthday," he said.

Kalani said this was the second time he had come to a RIDE Summertime rolls event, the first being a bike skills course at the Velodrome in Bell Block.

Also attending the Big Bike Fix was 74-year-old Daphne Paynter, who had brought along a bike which she said had been sitting in her shed for 40 years.

She hoped the Big Bike Fix team could help her get the old road bike going so she could give it away to someone in need.

"I would like to be able to give it to a child who needs a bike and can't afford one," she said.

Mr Benefield said there would be many bikes all around the district like the one belonging to Ms Paynter, which needed nothing more than a little TLC and elbow grease to get them going.

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