Clanking chains, binding brakes, grinding gears and pesky punctures can all get some attention in Penrith this month.
The town’s Repair Café will have bike mechanics on hand on Saturday 14 March to help cyclists get ready for the spring.
“Now’s the perfect time to get the family’s bicycles inspected, especially for those of us who don’t tend to use them over the winter,” said Sally Shenton from Penrith Action for Community Transition (PACT), who is one of the Repair Café volunteers.
The bike specialists will perform checks and carry out repairs and maintenance tasks on the day, from punctures to mechanical adjustments – all while upskilling the owners to help them maintain their bikes in the future.
“One of the important aspects of the Repair Café is sharing skills,” Sally said. “We all enjoy seeing things getting fixed, and it will be the same with the bikes. Our mechanics will show cyclists how to do the repairs.”
She added: “It’s also a good opportunity to get some help with upgrades like fitting lights and mudguards – just bring them along.”
Eden’s many cycle routes and trails make it the perfect district to enjoy on two wheels, and PACT hopes this addition to the March Repair Café will help cyclists young and old to take advantage of the great outdoors this year.
The usual Repair Café is also open for its wide range of repairs, from electrical goods to furniture and clothing, or just to enjoy a brew and a chat. It runs from 10am to 1pm, at the Eden Arts Old Fire Station. For details visit www.penrithact.org.uk/penrith-repair-cafe-march-2020.