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Bike Maintenance Course for Ladies

15 ladies attended our basic bike maintenance course at Pinewood Activity Centre on Friday 15th March, bringing with them a huge variety of bikes – ranging from road bikes, hybrids and mountain bikes, to a Pashley shopper and an electric bike.

The course was run by Caroline Stewart who is a bike mechanic, a cycling coach and local Breeze Champion. Caroline is also one of very few female cycle mechanics working for a cycle racing team.

Ladies on the course were able to gain hands-on training on how to remove wheels from their bikes and how to change an inner tube in the event of a puncture. Research has shown that fear of not knowing how to deal with a puncture has been the biggest barrier to ladies participating in bike rides. They were also taught basic checks to make sure their bikes are safe to ride and tips on looking after their bikes.

Everyone seemed to enjoy the course and several ladies sent us some thank you emails and great feedback after the course, for example:

“Fab session today, Thank you.  New skills and peace of mind. I feel empowered! Most enjoyable and worthwhile.”  Tania H.

“I thought the course was excellent, although I still don’t think I would be confident changing my inner tube without a little more practice at home first.  However, I did give my bike a thorough clean and lube this weekend and it is much improved.” Natasha E.

“I thoroughly enjoyed the course last Friday.  I’d heartily recommend the course to all cyclists!”  Chrissie F.