It's ok to talk about bike club
A CYCLE Club has seen interest soaring after appearing at a local event.
Run by volunteers, the Bike Shack club invites youngsters to take their cycles along to get free lessons in maintenance.
And the club’s demo at Churchdown’s Day in the Park has seen a surge of interest from youngsters wanting to take to the road.
Volunteer youth worker Kash Allen, 51, said: “We had record numbers at the latest Bike Shack meeting, with seven new faces showing up.
“A lot of interest has come on the back of Chris Froome and Bradley Wiggins doing so well in the Tour de France and our stall at the fun day.
“It can be an expensive hobby, but kids don’t have to have racing bikes with the latest kit.
“They can have just as much fun with an old mountain bike if it is well maintained.
“Cycling brings people together, and if we can get mums and dads along to the club too, that will help us to put on longer bike rides.”
Young cyclists meet up every Monday from 3.30 to 5pm at the GL3 Community Hub in Cheltenham Road East for advice on bike safety and maintenance.
Parish councillor Bill Whelan said there are still places available on cycling proficiency courses too.
“We will be looking to run the courses in October,” he said. “A shed has also been donated to the group so some bikes can be kept at the Hub and the volunteers can work inside when weather is bad.”
To donate a bike or register an interest, call 01452 715058.