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Free bike service

Post by voodoo_simon » Tue Jul 28, 2020 5:19 pm

Haven’t read the ins and outs but you can claim a free voucher from Boris to get your bike serviced

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/fix-your-bi ... -a-voucher

Starts tonight at 11.45pm and I don’t think it’s just Halfords either :-bd

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Re: Free bike service

Post by Dave Barter » Tue Jul 28, 2020 5:33 pm

Can I plead that you only use this if you have to.

We are all cycling converts and this is meant to get those not currently riding out there.

It's like the rich taking heating allowances, I'm sure they are entitled but do they need to?
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Re: Free bike service

Post by redefined_cycles » Tue Jul 28, 2020 5:35 pm

Well said Dave... maybe get that message tweeted out via the various channel...

I'll certainly be taking your advice :smile:

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Re: Free bike service

Post by voodoo_simon » Tue Jul 28, 2020 5:43 pm

Yeah, that make sense Dave :-bd

Did think it would be useful for those servicing next door neighbours kids bikes etc

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Re: Free bike service

Post by thenorthwind » Tue Jul 28, 2020 5:51 pm

I don't see this being much use to me, but if it the government are going to pay a LBS to do a service that I'd otherwise do at home, that seems like a good thing for them? Not that they seem to be struggling much for business at the moment, but it's a thought...

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Re: Free bike service

Post by Bearbonesnorm » Tue Jul 28, 2020 6:05 pm

I assume there'll be a budget and once that's gone, that'll be it?
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Re: Free bike service

Post by JimH » Tue Jul 28, 2020 6:15 pm

From what I’ve read it’s £50 towards the cost. Anything over and you pay. Idea being it’ll get those unloved bikes back out on the road

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Re: Free bike service

Post by ChrisS » Tue Jul 28, 2020 6:28 pm

Bearbonesnorm wrote:
Tue Jul 28, 2020 6:05 pm
I assume there'll be a budget and once that's gone, that'll be it?
Also seems to only apply to England from what I’ve read.

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Re: Free bike service

Post by Bearbonesnorm » Tue Jul 28, 2020 6:37 pm

Also seems to only apply to England from what I’ve read.
We don't bother with any of that servicing nonsense over here :wink:
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Re: Free bike service

Post by Lazarus » Tue Jul 28, 2020 6:45 pm

From the link
Eligibility

The scheme is open to anyone in England who has an unused cycle in need of a repair.

However, as there are a limited number of vouchers available, please consider the needs of others before applying for a voucher and do not delay making planned repairs outside of the scheme should your circumstances allow it.
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Re: Free bike service

Post by gairym » Tue Jul 28, 2020 7:01 pm

Dave Barter wrote:
Tue Jul 28, 2020 5:33 pm
Can I plead that you only use this if you have to.

We are all cycling converts and this is meant to get those not currently riding out there.

It's like the rich taking heating allowances, I'm sure they are entitled but do they need to?
Interesting UK take on this.

The same scheme has been in place for months in the France and the take-up is being actively encouraged (especially as it's not 'quantity limited') in order to support your LBS through difficult times.

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Re: Free bike service

Post by benp1 » Tue Jul 28, 2020 7:37 pm

Good shout Gairy. I'd go to my LBS if I had a voucher, otherwise I'd just do it myself

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Re: Free bike service

Post by htrider » Tue Jul 28, 2020 7:38 pm

In the last 4 months I've noticed an awful lot of old school racing bikes out on the road (including a few really nice ones) ridden by people who have the look of "I've just dragged this out of my / my parents shed and I'm out riding it as there is nowt else to do" So hopefully they will take advantage of this (and Halfords spannerers won't knacker them!).

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Re: Free bike service

Post by belugabob » Tue Jul 28, 2020 7:54 pm

I'm with Dave, on this.

Have only ever used my LBS to chase and face my BB, so not about to start now, just because it's 'free'.

The morals of doing so would be the same as all those folks who get a 200mm travel downhill bike on the cycle to work scheme - it's disingenuous and dishonest.

If you do normally avail yourself of your LBS then it's less clear cut, as the LBS will benefit but as others have stated, most of them seem to be doing OK right now (unless the current lack of bikes means that business has slowed down)

Definitely think that it's aimed at the previously neglected bikes that need attention to get them rolling again.

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Re: Free bike service

Post by Bearbonesnorm » Tue Jul 28, 2020 8:23 pm

I'm thinking many LBS will quickly get p1ssed off wrestling with piles of scrap :wink:
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Re: Free bike service

Post by Dave Barter » Tue Jul 28, 2020 9:01 pm

I just think it is a great way of encouraging new cyclists. I’ve fixed up several bikes for returning riders during lock down. There are only 50k vouchers going out tonight so let the returning riders have them. The lbs gets a NEW customer to boot and sells them an upgrade.
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Re: Free bike service

Post by BigdummySteve » Tue Jul 28, 2020 9:58 pm

I think a lot of people will struggle to find a mechanic, I was told by my local shop that a wheel build would be mid September at the earliest!
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Re: Free bike service

Post by psling » Wed Jul 29, 2020 9:42 am

I've managed to get hold of a few of these so if anyone missed out I'll pass them on for £20 each before they go on fleabay. You'll still be making a saving of £30 so I reckon that's a good price. Cheers.








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Re: Free bike service

Post by Dave Barter » Wed Jul 29, 2020 10:35 am

psling wrote:
Wed Jul 29, 2020 9:42 am
I've managed to get hold of a few of these so if anyone missed out I'll pass them on for £20 each before they go on fleabay. You'll still be making a saving of £30 so I reckon that's a good price. Cheers.
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Re: Free bike service

Post by Scud » Wed Jul 29, 2020 10:48 am

Apparently the site crashed within first hour and has been down since.

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Re: Free bike service

Post by ton » Wed Jul 29, 2020 10:52 am

i think it is a waste of money.
people will claim it, and hopefully use it to get a bike fixed up.
the bike will be used once and thrown back in the shed.
this is england, where the majority of people are lazy bastards who choose to jump in their car to cycle a mile to the shop.
our nations sheer pigheadedness is ' i work hard to pay for my car so i will use it regardless' be it good for me or the enviroment. we are just a very lazy nation.

the whole lockdown thing made everyone want to do something because we had been told we were not allowed. hence the boom in everyone wanting to exercise. once we are back to some kind of normality it will revert back to everyone jumping in their car to queue in traffic for their 5 mile commute, which could be cycles or walked just as quickly.

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Re: Free bike service

Post by Lazarus » Wed Jul 29, 2020 11:19 am

Apparently the site crashed within first hour and has been down since.
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Re: Free bike service

Post by Dave Barter » Wed Jul 29, 2020 11:56 am

Lazarus wrote:
Wed Jul 29, 2020 11:19 am
Apparently the site crashed within first hour and has been down since.
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Re: Free bike service

Post by Cheeky Monkey » Wed Jul 29, 2020 12:01 pm

I'm with Sweary Dave on this. What a load of horsesh!t. £50 voucher for a service, £10 for a meal out. feck off. Jobs, infrastructure, healthcare, proper management of the nation, dealing with the care-crisis. Sort all that sub standard out before wanking out some bullshit spaff scheme that is, quite frankly utter horseshit and is just a toddler's sub standard smearing effort with a bit of tax money (where the feck do people think all this magical money is coming from to pay for this sub standard, never mind months of fucking paid furlough for vast numbers?????)

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Re: Free bike service

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