Bike workshop proves popular

Last updated 15:12 22/07/2012
Bike mecahnic Jono Kitt fixes Tyrese Emery's bicycle during a free bicycle maintenence workshop run by volunteers from ICECycles (Inner City East Cycles) outside the Delta Centre.

Bike mecahnic Jono Kitt fixes Tyrese Emery's bicycle during a free bicycle maintenence workshop run by volunteers from ICECycles (Inner City East Cycles) outside the Delta Centre.

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Christchurch bike mechanic Sam Stockwell was kept busy fixing bicycles in need of a bit of TLC on Saturday, including one belonging to Mark Reveley.

The work was carried out as part of a free bicycle maintenance workshop run by volunteers from Inner City East Cycles outside the Delta Centre on North Avon Rd, Richmond, yesterday.

The workshops helped cyclists to give their bikes a full maintenance check, including having their tyres pumped, chains oiled, bearings un-seized, gears tweaked and wheels unbent.

It was the ninth workshop run by the group since 2008, with about 250 bikes repaired during that time, volunteer Steven Muir said.

Those with unwanted bikes, parts or helmets were able to drop them off as well, with the group promising to collect and restore them before passing them on to those in need.

Muir said the group had found new owners for 136 bikes before yesterday's workshop.

Canterbury District Health Board promoter Meg Christie said the free workshops were about getting more people in Canterbury cycling.

"Cycling is a healthy and affordable way to get around, and sometimes all it takes is a few quick fixes to make people's old bikes roadworthy," she said.

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