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Cyclists in Gateshead are being offered a free bike safety check this autumn as part of a 'Big Bike Revival'.

Bike maintenance sessions, also known as 'Dr Bike', will be taking place across the borough to help cyclists feel confident that their bikes are fit for the road.

A professional bike mechanic will be bringing their mobile workshop to perform a series of safety checks including checking and realigning breaks, adjusting gears, and fixing punctures. Dr Bike will also top up your tyres with air giving you a more comfortable ride and help reduce the dreaded puncture. Bike owners will also be given advice and recommendations if further work is needed.

Councillor John McElroy, Gateshead Council's cabinet member for transport and the environment said: "Whether your dusting off an old bike from the shed or are a regular cyclist it's important that your bike is safe and roadworthy both for yourself and for other road users. It doesn't take long for a bike safety check to take place and instead of having to take your bike to a bike shop, Dr Bike will be bringing the workshop to a location near you and best of all, it's free."

Dr Bike sessions will be taking place during September, October and November with the first session taking place on Thursday 17 September in Winlaton. You can drop by with your bike but it would be helpful if you could book a place in advance so numbers can be managed by emailing brightentheday@gateshead.gov.uk.  Sessions are funded by Cycling UK as part of their Big Bike Revival programme.

As well as the bike checks Gateshead Council along with Love to Ride are also running free guided rides throughout Gateshead (with the Big Local Gateshead project) and in Chopwell Woods, suitable for beginner and regular cyclists aged over 16.

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Bike maintenance
14 September 2020

Cyclists in Gateshead are being offered a free bike safety check this autumn as part of a 'Big Bike Revival'.

Bike maintenance sessions, also known as 'Dr Bike', will be taking place across the borough to help cyclists feel confident that their bikes are fit for the road.

A professional bike mechanic will be bringing their mobile workshop to perform a series of safety checks including checking and realigning breaks, adjusting gears, and fixing punctures. Dr Bike will also top up your tyres with air giving you a more comfortable ride and help reduce the dreaded puncture. Bike owners will also be given advice and recommendations if further work is needed.

Councillor John McElroy, Gateshead Council's cabinet member for transport and the environment said: "Whether your dusting off an old bike from the shed or are a regular cyclist it's important that your bike is safe and roadworthy both for yourself and for other road users. It doesn't take long for a bike safety check to take place and instead of having to take your bike to a bike shop, Dr Bike will be bringing the workshop to a location near you and best of all, it's free."

Dr Bike sessions will be taking place during September, October and November with the first session taking place on Thursday 17 September in Winlaton. You can drop by with your bike but it would be helpful if you could book a place in advance so numbers can be managed by emailing brightentheday@gateshead.gov.uk.  Sessions are funded by Cycling UK as part of their Big Bike Revival programme.

As well as the bike checks Gateshead Council along with Love to Ride are also running free guided rides throughout Gateshead (with the Big Local Gateshead project) and in Chopwell Woods, suitable for beginner and regular cyclists aged over 16.

Book your free bike safety check

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