Volunteers learn to refurbish old bikes

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Reusing and repairing used items is becoming more popular as people are looking to save money, reduce their carbon footprint and find unique items.

This year Lochaber Environmental Group started a new project, funded by the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund, refurbishing old bikes to get them back on the road.

From June to September, three community bike interns – Hannah, Liam and Scott – have been refurbishing donated bikes.

The interns learned advanced bike mechanics skills through a Park Tool School course delivered by Dougie from Nevis Cycles.

Using their new skills, the interns hosted a Dr Bike stall at the vegan fair
back in July, giving bikes free health checks.

Intern Hannah Richardson is a fourth-year student in adventure performance and coaching at the West Highland College. She said: ‘I have gained a lot of experience through the internship. I now feel a lot more knowledgeable when it comes to fixing bikes and I am also more confident teaching basic bike maintenance skills to others.

‘I hope to use the skills that I have gained in the future when leading others mountain biking.’

The response from the community has been fantastic with more than 50 bikes donates. A limited number of bikes are available for rehoming this year. If you do not own a bike, you can apply to the scheme for one. If you have an old bike you no longer use, they are still accepting donations.
Call Christine on 01397 700090 or email info@lochaberenviro.org.uk.