Lochaber Environmental Group and Nevis cycles show the Ardgour community how to love their bikes!
Residents of Ardgour got the chance to learn how to repair and maintain their bikes in a workshop organised by Lochaber Environmental Group on Thursday the 27th of July. Mechanics Ross and Neil from Nevis Cycles made the journey across the water to set up a makeshift workshop in Ardgour Hall where 15 locals learnt how to fix a puncture, brakes and gears, clean their bike and carry out a pre-ride safety check.
The class is part of a series of workshops held around Lochaber to teach residents basic bike repair skills. The classes are offered free to anyone and are part of a Scottish Government Climate Challenge Fund funded project to help people get on their bikes more and make them last longer. Everyone who took part in the class said they felt more confident carrying out repairs on their bikes and maintaining them. One participant said they would be using their bike more as a result of the class: “Great course, fantastic instructions from the guys. It should keep me from taking the v8 out of the garage on sunny days for a while.”
The classes have proven hugely popular, this was the second class run by Lochaber Environmental Group and so far the first three classes have all been fully booked. The third class is being held at Off Beat Bikes in Fort William on the 10th August. Due to the high demand more repair classes are planned for the future, those interested can register their interest with Christine at Lochaber Environmental Group on email@example.com or 01397 700090.