The Bike Kitchen
Paths For All – Smarter Choices, Smarter Places Programme
With funding from the Paths For All – Smarter Choices, Smarter Places Programme LEG has been developing the Bike Kitchen.
The Bike Kitchen teaches bike repair skills and promotes active travel to people around Lochaber. The project delivers Fix Your Own Bike workshops to local residents and young people in Lochaber. In collaboration with the Go, Grow and Glow Project, the Bike Kitchen has now refurbished and adopted out 66 bikes that were donated to LEG by local residents.
The Bike Kitchen has run four rounds of the very successful Fix Your Own Bike classes. The fifth round of classes starts on Wednesday 15th April and runs through to 6th May (postponed). The evening classes will be held at the West Highland College, starting at 6.30 pm.
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 be the home for the Bike Tool Library and will be a great space for repairing bikes.