The Bike Kitchen

Paths For All – Smarter Choices, Smarter Places Programme

With funding from the Paths For All – Smarter Choices, Smarter Places Programme in 2019 LEG developed the Bike Kitchen.

The Bike Kitchen promotes active travel, teaches bike repair skills and delivers Fix Your Own Bike classes to local residents and young people in Lochaber.  In collaboration with the Go, Grow and Glow Project, the Bike Kitchen refurbished and adopted out 63 bikes that were donated to LEG by local residents.

The Bike Kitchen ran four rounds of the very successful Fix Your Own Bike classes in 2019.  The fifth round of classes planned for April/May had to be postponed, but we hope to run it later in 2020.  The classes are free and cover basic bike maintenance from bike setup, diagnosing issues and puncture repair, to adjusting and repairing gears and brakes.  You will learn how to check your bike is roadworthy and acquire the skills to deal with most common repairs, helping you to keep your bike on the road and save you money.

One happy cyclist had this to say after the course “The course was so helpful, and Jamie explains things really well. I feel like I’ve got the confidence to try and maintain my bike on my own, whereas before everything was a mystery.”

Keep an eye out here and on the Events Page for dates for the Bike Kitchen Fix Your Own Bike workshops.

In March, DMD Construction started building our new Bike Kitchen shed, funded by Cycling Scotland as part of our Glen Nevis Cycling Infrastructure Project. This is now on hold, for obvious reasons, but we look forward to seeing it completed, and will be holding a Bike Kitchen shed opening event later this year. The Bike Kitchen shed will home for the Bike Tool Library and will be a great space for repairing bikes. You can also borrow a bike from our Bike Library.

For more information about our bike activities and events please email kate@lochaberenviro.org.uk

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