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New Floating Cycle Shop arrives in City Centre Canal basin

User AvatarPosted by Kathy Hopkin at 18/09/2012 16:12:45

At midday on 28 September Cycle Chain’s new floating cycle shop will be pulled into Cambrian Wharf by members of West Midlands Police Rugby team, the National Champions.

Housed on a former cargo longboat named Carina, Cycle Chain will repair, sell and hire refurbished  bicycles from its city centre canalside mooring at Cambrian Wharf situated just East of the NIA, behind the Birmingham Rep Theatre.

The vessel has been provided at nominal cost by Canal and River Trust (formerly British Waterways) whilst Centro have financed Carina’s restoration. Cycle Chain, a social enterprise began refurbishing donated and unclaimed bikes in 2002; founder, former amateur racing cyclist and lecturer, John Shaw explained: “I was working with and training cycle mechanics who were partially sighted; it became obvious that there is a great potential in using bike restoration as a medium for teaching people with various disabilities, not just fixing bikes but learning important skills of communication, teamwork, dealing with customers, and applying themselves to something with a positive end product for which there is endless demand.”

“Now we are setting up our own floating shop we will continue restoring and selling bikes, with our mechanic trainer and trainees from a local college.”

“We will be offering ‘park and service’ deals for cycling  commuters who need a repair, and cycle hire. The canalsides are an interesting environment to explore and we will progress to leading bike trails and guided groups."

JOHN SHAW, Director, john@cyclechain.org

PHIL BEARDMORE, Business Planning: phil.beardmore@cyclechain.org


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