Why is this important?
Providing staff with bike maintenance sessions, repair information and tools on site can help to improve cycle safety and personal confidence. According to the National Travel Survey 2015, 42% of households own bikes, but only a small proportion use them regularly.
Repair facilities will also help persuade staff with unused bikes to repair them and start cycling again safely, for work or for leisure.
What this toolkit offers
This toolkit offers step-by-step information on promoting cycle maintenance within the workplace including:
We recommend that the following essential items are included and kept ‘topped up’.
|Track pump||£12 - £25|
|Puncture repair kits||£2 - £10|
|Tools – Allen key set and folding multi-tool||£5 - £10 (multi-tool with 9 attachments).|
|Bicycle oil/lube||£4 - £10|
|Disposable latex gloves||£5|
Additional items could include a front and rear lights set (from £3). This could help staff to get home safely (and legally) if their batteries run flat.
Track pump: this is a stand-up pump with a pressure gauge. This type of pump is much more effective at achieving recommended tyre pressures than hand-held pumps.
This type of pump will typically have a dual head, to accommodate either ‘Presta’ or ‘Schrader’ valves (see graphic below)
Bike Oil / Lube
Keep chains running smoothly and reduce wear and tear on mechanical parts.
‘Green’ or ecologically sensitive bicycle oils are available.
Puncture repair kits include as standard:
- Patches (various sizes and shapes)
- Sandpaper (or similar to ‘scuff’ the rubber).
- Crayon / chalk (to mark the site of the puncture).
! Tyre levers may or may not be included
You will need a set of Allen keys in the kit for adjusting saddle height, brakes etc.
A cyclist’s best friend is a 5mm Allen key!
There are different types of Allen keys available such as this folding multi-tool.
These are pocket sized and can be carried easily on a bike for a quick fix
Some bikes may have hex nuts rather than quick release.
This means they may require an appropriate spanner to remove the wheel and fix a puncture.
Now that you have assembled a cycle maintenance kit it’s important to promote it to staff.
This could include:
- Download a template poster to advertise cycle maintenance classes at work.
- Send the template email below to staff.
- Organise a lunch time session to talk through the contents of the kit. This could include watching a ‘how to’ video guide for repairing a puncture.
- Providing information for staff such as cycle maintenance picture guides.
- Organising maintenance skills sessions for those cycling to work. For information on local providers of cycle maintenance classes see Everybody Sports and Recreation Trust or Cycling Training Ltd.
- Speaking to local bike shops to see if they run cycle maintenance workshops and advertising these to staff.
- Download the Bike Doctor App on the go to access 20 step-by-step repairs.
You can now cycle into work with the reassurance of being able to repair your bike if you have a problem.
A basic cycle maintenance kit is available to get you home in an emergency and help you to look after your bike.
The kit is kept [location]. Ask [Name] [Telephone number] to borrow it.
The kit contains:
- Bicycle oil
- Puncture repair kit
- Disposable gloves
- Links to ‘how to’ videos and picture guides.
Don’t be shy to ask for help, whether you need an extra pair of hands, or some additional know how.
Tel: 01270 883785
Velocity Mobile Bicycle Mechanic
Tel: 07810 510849
Tel: 07712 042278
Tel: 01270 216986
Tel: 01270 585640
Tel: 01270 255672
Tel: 01270 501010
Community Recycle Cycles
Tel: 01270 583019
Tel: 01270 586652
Tel: 0344 332 5203
Holmes Chapel Bikes
Tel: 01477 533074
Bikes ‘N’ Gear
Tel: 01565 750273
Ride & Repair
Tel: 07757 940181
Tel: 0343 777 1278
Tel: 01625 430328
Tel: 01625 611375
Tel: 01625 210010
Tel: 01625 426333
Tel: 01625 400141
Soccer Bikes Ltd
Tel: 01625 669507
Tel: 07866 534966
A F Cycles
Tel: 01270 628870
The Cycle Junction
Tel: 01270 767115
Tel: 01625 543422
Rick Green Cycles
Tel: 01625 532325