We’ve all seen the huge uptake in cycling during the pandemic with bikes being hard to find for those who want to get on two wheels for leisure or ride one as an alternative to using their car or public transport to get to work.
An initiative called Doctor Bike led by Active Oxfordshire and Cherwell District Council is running across our country with the goal to get more people cycling on bikes that are safe and fit for purpose and for the last six weekends Banbury Star CC have been providing a team of volunteer mechanics who have been servicing bikes that have either been donated for key workers to use or that are owned by members of the Banbury public.
In total we’ve assessed and serviced 106 bikes which have enjoyed varying degrees of working order ranging from the almost brand new through to machines that have already seen their best years and were beyond the abilities of even our talented mechanics and would need the services of a bike shop. Those that did pass muster can now be ridden safe in the knowledge they’ve got working gears and brakes, good tyres and tubes and are in a healthy mechanical condition.
Sadly one or two didn’t quite meet the “Pass” criteria after having been left abandoned outdoors to the elements and will now go on to the scrapheap in the sky….
There are plans to hold one or two dedicated sessions at Horton Hospital and the Cherwell DC offices at Bodicote, if you’re interested please contact club President Paul Dean.
Thank you to all the club members who took part: Roger Gollicker, Chris Tunstall, Dave Speck, Brian Reid, Paul Dean, Graham Martin, Rob Paul, Stan Morgan, Oli Wright, Danny Brooks, Mark Davis, Liam Fishwick, Tim Wilkins and Chris Bagnall.