Guernsey Bicycle Group workshop for Specsavers employees popular

June 28th, 2010 by Lindsay

Specsavers staff line-up to have their bicycles serviced by Guernsey Bicycle Group members

Members of the Guernsey Bicycle Group spent lunchtime on Tuesday 22 June 2010 at Specsavers head office helping staff members pump-up tyres, adjust gears and tighten brakes.

The bike workshop was organised by Lindsay de Sausmarez of Specsavers, as part of National Bike Week.

‘I heard so many people say they would cycle to work, but their bike has a flat tyre, or the brakes have seized up, or some other little problem that doesn’t quite justify a trip to the bike shop to get it fixed… So when Francis Paul, Chairman of the Guernsey Bicycle Group (GBG), mentioned that GBG would be happy to volunteer their time and mechanical expertise I thought it would be a hit!’

A large number of staff took the chance to get their bikes checked over, spurred on by the sunny weather.

Guernsey Bicycle Group members service bicycles of Specsavers staff members as part of a National Bike Week initiative

‘It is a fantastic idea to get people riding again with the lovely summer ahead and environmentally and economically, there is no better time to get back on your bike,’ said product manager Natasha Gray, who was getting her seat adjusted, and tyres pumped.

Chairman of Guernsey Bike Group Francis Paul said they had been overwhelmed with the turn out.

‘When we arrived in our van we saw lots of cars up here in the car park, but we forgot how many people work up here at Specsavers, and it has been great to see so many people come along with the bikes. Often it is only the small niggles that prevent people from getting on their bike.’

Additional volunteer and a Guernsey Bike Group committee member, Andy Linehan, agreed.

‘I think a lot of people may be making harder work for themselves, just because they don’t have much air in their tyres, or the seat is far too low. With a small alteration, they suddenly realise it can be nice and easy to take a bike and I think once people get back on their bike, they realise how much fun it can be.’

Dozens of people had their bike checked out over the 1-hour period. The company hopes that more staff will cycle to work in future, and as an added incentive they will be offering a free healthy breakfast to staff who use their bike on the last Friday of each month.

The pleasure of bicycling on Guernsey roads is immeasurably improved when tyres are properly inflated and the seat is adjusted to the correct height

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