In a party atmosphere our Open Workshop at Cogges Farm pedalled off to a sunny start on Saturday with the help of our friends and plenty of tea, cake and biscuits.
Officially opened by the Mayor of Witney who emphasised the importance of the inclusive nature of the project – enabling cycling for all – the workshop will now run every Saturday and Tuesday from 10am to 2pm.
David Hibberd of the Veteran-Cycle Club travelled all the way from 1890 with his ‘Extra Special’ Crossframe Safety. Still in fine fettle it didn’t require any work but was the centre of attention among the mechanically minded.
Our mechanics and volunteers got straight on with the job of repairing or breaking down old bikes for parts and helping to diagnose the needs of our first visitors which included new chains, new cassettes (the cluster of sprockets on the rear wheel), new brake pads and a gear cable. Once diagnosed a mechanic is on hand to guide people through the process of replacing parts should they need it and to ensure the bike is fit for purpose once repaired.
Anyone can drop in but if people wish to book a slot or have a mechanical question then email firstname.lastname@example.org.