In an effort to promote public health during the pandemic, the UK government is offering 50,000 bike repair vouchers to its citizens. Max Ritter photo.
I won’t get into a political deep dive here, as we really shouldn’t be ones to point fingers, but the leaders of our friends across the pond actually just did something sensible. Starting today, the UK government is issuing £50 bike repair vouchers in an effort to boost cycling and fitness. 50,000 vouchers will be available online on a first-come, first-served basis, and doctors in the National Health Service will be encouraged to prescribe riding a bike as a fitness strategy for patients.
The “The Fix Your Bike” scheme is open to anyone in England “who has an unused cycle in need of a repair,” according to the UK government. Anyone with a bike in need of repair can take their bike and the voucher to a bike mechanic registered with the scheme. Hundreds of local shops as well as larger retailers like Halfords and Evans Cycles are registered.
All in all, it seems like a great idea with direct and useful application for your government to pay you to fix your bike. Let’s make this lifestyle more accessible, it’s the best thing that can happen to it.
A clean bike is a happy bike. Max Ritter photo. There’s just something about a clean bike that makes you want to ride faster and push harder on the trail. Maybe it’s a placebo, or maybe it’s the fact that a clean bike typically means everything is working well, your drivetrain isn’t creaking, and your suspension is as active as it can be. Even if you only ride in dry conditions, cleaning your bike frequently will keep it happy and make all those expensive parts work better and last
While one of mountain biking’s most infamous races – the legendary MegaAvalanche – did not take place this summer, organizers couldn’t resist giving racers a chance to bomb down the mountainside at Alpe D’Huez in a mass-start race. Things were a little different this year, but looked just as rowdy as ever, with lots of carnage and pile-up crashes throughout the day. I mean, come on, what’s there not to like about blasting euro techno at the start line while you and 50 other riders all-out
I get it. Mountain biking is expensive. Like really, really, expensive. And in all honesty, unless you have the money, it’s really not worth buying a brand-new bike. Like a car, it’ll lose a good bunch of its value immediately (not that it matters, since the value truly comes from the fun times you and the bike get out on the trail). That being said, if you look in the right places, you’re more than likely to find a fully-capable used bike for a good bit less than a new one. Or better yet,