One of those organisations is Good Cycles, a bike store that creates employment opportunities for young people who need a helping hand.
If you ride to work, stop by the brightly coloured store for a service, or to pick up some cycling accessories, while helping young disadvantaged people get back into the workforce.
Store manager Mike Dann shared some great tips on how to keep your bike in good condition.
Make sure you pump your tyres
When it comes to bike maintenance, the most important thing to do is to make sure your tyres are inflated. It may sound simple, but you will be surprised at how often this is overlooked.
All tyres will lose pressure over time, especially if you are using your bike on a regular basis. Squeeze the side of your tyres firmly before each ride, to make sure they aren’t spongy or flat. If they are, stop by our Docklands store to pump them up for free. This will ensure glass, metal and other pieces of shrapnel don’t pierce your tyre and go through to the inner tube.
Check if your chain needs lubrication
Any friction or resistance in your bike chain can impact how efficiently your power is used. To limit friction between the chain and the rest of your bike, you should apply a lubricant. Listen out for squeaky sounds coming from your chain as this may mean that it needs oil. There are a lot of different products on the market, so stop by if you’d like to have a chat about which brand is the best for your bike.
If you plan on riding regularly over the winter months, you should consider investing in a set of mudguards that will keep you dry and protect your bike. When riding in wet conditions, road spray transfers road grime and grit onto your chain, wearing it out faster than if you had a mudguard to keep it clean.
If you’re interested in learning more about how to care for your bike, Good Cycles run tailored bicycle mechanic courses for both novice and experienced riders.
All donations and commercial proceeds are used for Good Cycle’s Pedal Empowerment Program that upskills disadvantaged youth and prepares them for the workforce.
Visit the Good Cycles website to learn more about how you can get involved in the movement. And if you know someone that might be interested in the Pedal Empowerment Program, call Belinda Woodruff on 0412 080 649.