Dr Bike Graeme Obree launches Bike Week 2014

Posted by Katie Wright / 11/06/2014

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The Flying Scotsman Graeme Obree was taking part in a ‘Dr Bike’ session at Broomhill Primary today (10 June), demonstrating bike maintenance skills to pupils in preparation for Bike Week 2014.

This year’s Bike Week will take place 14-22 June and is a great opportunity to saddle up and take part in one of hundreds of cycling events or even organise your own. Bike Week events can range from led cycle rides to large scale cycle events, bike breakfasts at workplaces and ‘Dr Bike’ maintenance sessions.

 

New research into cycling attitudes has shown that 50% of Scots would like to cycle for fun this summer, however 33% of Scots feel their bike needs work before they can get pedalling.

Attending a ‘Dr Bike’ session is the perfect opportunity to take your bike for a check-up.  A bike in safe, good working condition will allow you to make the most of all the opportunities to take to two wheels during Bike Week and beyond.

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Graeme Obree, famed for building and maintaining his own bikes, including the record breaking ‘Old Faithful’ took charge of the ‘Dr Bike’ session at Broomhill to encourage cyclists to take to two wheels and enjoy safe cycling.

Graeme said: “I have been building and maintaining my own bikes since I was a kid at primary school. My dad was always fixing things and I figure that was a habit that rubbed off on me.  It’s important to know how your bike works and how to fix it. ‘Dr Bike’ sessions are a great opportunity for people to get their forgotten cycles out of the shed and fixed up ahead of a summer of sport. It can also be great fun getting into an old bike and making it work as good as a new bike!  I’d encourage everyone to find a local Bike Week event or set up their own.”

Bill Wright, Chair, Cycling Scotland said: “With a summer of sport just around the corner in Scotland, there is plenty of cycling in store to inspire you. Bike Week 2014 – the biggest nationwide cycling event in the UK — provides the perfect opportunity to not only be  inspired, but to get out cycling with hundreds of bike-based activities on offer this June. So whether you’re a committed commuter, just getting back in the saddle, or looking for a fun day out for the family there is a plethora of activities and events to choose from.”

For more information on all Bike Week events, including Dr. Bike sessions in your area, or to register your own event, please visit the Bike Week website www.bikeweek.org.uk

 

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