Ealing Council is running Dr Bike health checks over the coming weeks to keep local cyclists in the saddle.
The sessions will help cyclists find out what may be wrong with their bikes and how to fix them. Advice will be offered on a range of issues such as finding the correct riding position on the bike, adjusting brake and gears, showing the best way to pump up tyres, through to diagnosing serious mechanical problems. Cyclists who discover more complex mechanical problems will be directed to local bike shops.
Doctor Bike sessions are also a good way for new and experience cyclists to get cycling tips. Cyclist can sign up to on-road cycle training to build up their confidence (free apart from a £5 booking fee), get general advice on cycling in Ealing from cycle trainers with local knowledge and benefit from maintenance skills training at one of the one-day maintenance classes run by the council’s bicycle support team.
Councillor Bassam Mahfouz, cabinet member for Transport and Environment, said: “Cycling is a clean and green way to get from A to B while also keeping fit. Our aim is to treble the number of cycle trips by 2026 in Ealing so we need to continue to break down the barriers to cycling and show people how convenient and safe it is. Attending a Doctor Bike session and learning some of the basics of bicycle maintenance will give you more confidence to take to two wheels and realise the many benefits and pleasures of cycling.”
Doctor Bike sessions
- Hanwell Clock Tower, Uxbridge Road, Hanwell W7
5 February 2011, 5 March 2011, 12pm-4pm
- Acton Market, The Mount/King Street, Acton W3 9NW
12 February 2011, 12 March 2011, 10am-1pm
- Southall Park
26 March 2011, 12pm-4pm
- Melbourne Avenue
19 February 2011, 19 March 2011, 12pm-4pm
To sign up for cycle training, complete a ‘request lesson’ form on the Cycle Training UK website. The cost is £5 for a 2-hour one-to-one lesson with a professional instructor.
Those who have taken part in cycle training are also able to sign up for a free one-day basic maintenance course. These take place at Christ the Savior Church, Ealing on the following Saturdays: 5 February, 26 February and 19 March. Call Andy Lennard on 020 7232 4390 to book a place.