Britain’s Biggest Bike Fix

With an estimated 26,000 bikes fixed at events nationwide last year, Bike Week’s ‘Britain’s Biggest Bike Fix’ was an overwhelming success.

Organisers across the UK are encouraged to take part in Britain’s Biggest Bike Fix by offering “Dr Bike” services at their local event, and encouraging people who own a bike, but don’t use it, to bring it along to the event, have it checked and rediscover the joy of travelling on two wheels.

Research shows that 77 percent of people own a bike yet only 14 percent use them regularly.

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Dr Bikes are trained mechanics or enthusiastic cyclists who perform health checks on bikes and are a key service to have at your event to help achieve Britain’s Biggest Bike Fix.

There are two types of Dr Bike:

A trained mechanic from a local bike shop or social enterprise can attend the event to deliver bike safety checks and basic repairs. This can include fixing punctures and adjusting brakes and gears, as well as advising on potential problems and giving tips on looking after bikes. Search for a local cycle shop who can deliver Dr Bike at your event. If you are interested in working with a social enterprise, Bike Hub has a long list of community cycle recycling and maintenance projects.

You could also do your own Dr Bike service by downloading a Dr Bike checklist and guiding people at your event through what they should check for to ensure their bikes are in a roadworthy condition. The owner of the bike can then take the checklist to their local bike shop or social enterprise to have it fixed.