Sunday, 11 March 2012

Sharing skills on International Women's Day

To celebrate this year's International Women's day on March 8th, we ran our first ever Women's basic bike maintenance course in partnership with Bradford-based bike recycling scheme Cycle-re-Cycle.

Two of our female mechanics were on hand to share basic maintenance skills and offer guidance on what tools to buy and what to take out on the road for emergencies, post-ride bike cleaning tips, rear wheel removal and fixing punctures.

The workshop was well-attended and we had really positive feedback from all the women who took part. Everyone said that they learned something new during the evening, including the most experienced cyclists, so we are very happy that we were able to share some of our skills and enable women to feel more confident about tackling their own maintenance and emergency repairs.

We are hoping that this workshop will be the first of many and are already planning to run another one in partnership with Cycle-re-Cycle in late April.

A big thank you must be also be given to the University of Bradford who provided us with a great space in their Student Central building to hold the workshop when our original venue fell though at the last minute.

We'll be posting up more information on our April workshop when the dates and venue are finalised, so keep an eye out over the coming weeks.

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