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MakeItCycles: Another Update…

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The number of customer repairs got a bit out of hand for a while, but I think we are getting on top of that work, now… So, by way of an update, for all you budding cyclists out there… here’s the latest on those all important Community Bikes…

We now have in our possession a few bikes that have been sponsored by some wonderful caring individuals, both from Southport and beyond! … and, who wish to remain nameless… This means that we will be giving away at least a few bikes for FREE (though there are some important conditions attached to the offer). Please read on…

We are going to limit the offer of a FREE bike to people who work in the Care or NHS Sectors…Β  We are not going to do an exhaustive security check on you (even if we were able to; CIA, MI5 an’all that πŸ™‚ ) … but so long as you can prove that you work in these sectors, there may be a FREE bike with your name on it!

So watch this space! Another couple of customer repairs to do then we’ll get started fixing up those FREE bikes: First come, first served!!

MakeItCycles: Another Update…

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Well, we got some more bikes in. We’ve upped the price a little, though, but not too much, as we know only too well that folksy’s finances are a little stretched at the moment…. A couple have already gone back out into the community.

Remember, you aren’t just buying a second-hand bike but, a bike that has been fully serviced for road-worthy-ness and safety. Plus there are no issues as to where you need to bring any teething problems back to, as the bikes are guaranteed to be fully working when they leave us, aside from punctures (but serves you right for riding over thorns πŸ˜‰

It’s been a busy few weeks. We might only open at 12:00 but we’ve been lucky to get out of the Workshop by 7:00!

Still, we’re not complaining… That’s what we’re here for πŸ™‚

So, here’s the offer again: A fully serviced second-hand bike for max Β£35! We’ve got some Adult (Male and Female) and some childrens bikes in the Workshop now… Plus we’re happy to service your existing bike: Full Service Β£35, or less, if it’s a specific problem you need us to sort for you.

Just waiting to get you out riding again!

Bye for now folks… Hopefully see you soon πŸ™‚

MakeItCycles: 01704 53 51 23 or mobile: 0793 027 7240

MakeItCycles: An Update

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As you’ll probably already know we’ve been doing our best to offer a range of economy bikes to the community for use during the lock down. Demand has been high but don’t despair πŸ™‚

If you are still looking for an affordable bike (adults or childrens) we are hoping to get more bikes in over the next few days!Β Once these are fully serviced and road-worthy we shall be offering them for sale between Β£25-35 (depending on quality and/or the work that we need to do on them to make them ready for sale). Or, if you are looking for something a little better, we have a reasonable range of as-new, second-user, vintage and BMX machines; all fully serviced and ready to ride-away.

If some of you out-there are really struggling finance-wise please, please, please still come and see us! We can usually find something to suit most budgets!

The MakeItCycles Bike Project is open from 12:00 to 5:00 pm each day, but remember, it’s always better to ring ahead, so that we can be certain of being here to meet you when you come visit. As the main arcade is currently locked-down, we are for the time being accessible from the rear entrance to Cambridge Walks, which is in Sharrock Street (behind the Atkinson Arts Centre)

Call Us: 01704 53 51 23 or mob: 0793 027 7240

Keep Safe, Keep Healthy.

Best Wishes

The (small) MakeItCycles Team

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Calling All Cyclists!

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MakeItCycles, formerly a project of MakeItWorkshop but now fully independent, whilst still closely collaborating and pursuing the same aims as MIW… are endeavoring to remain open in Southport Town Centre as a service to local cyclists for servicing, repairs and parts.

As a non-profit Social Enterprise, the aim is to get people riding or, to keep people riding, out on the road during the lock-down.Β  Above all we really shouldn’t abuse this privilege so, if you are out and about on your bike, KEEP YOUR DISTANCE!

MIC will check over your bike if you need us to; pay if you can or, simply make a small donation, just to keep us going… It’s been a real joy to help people who’ve brought their bikes to us, so that they can be confident in their road-worthiness and, to know that there is somewhere that they can bring their bikes if there are any problems with the machinery!

Bikes really aren’t that complicated but, we’ve been doing this for a long time now and sometimes it’s easier to get some expert advice rather than struggling to fix it yourself. Don’t struggle; just come and see us!

Make sure the tyres are good, the brakes, the wheels, the gears and those all-important bearings!

Keep cycling folks! We are here to help… if you need us ❀

 

MakeitCycles

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The loss of the last two Cycle Shops in Southport Town Centre now leaves us as the ONLY Sales and Repair outlet in the central part of the town. Careful and Caring, that’s what we are to our local community’s cyclists; from a simple puncture to replacement tyres or tubes; a small repair to a major upgrade or re-build… As a non-profit, our aim is to look after our fellow cyclists. And, as cyclists ourselves, we understand the issues and the need for economical solutions to those everyday problems of safely ‘staying on the road’.Β  So, whether you just potter around town or head out further afield (perhaps even to the nearest hill climb – my favorite!)…Β  Pop-in and see us when you get the chance, even if it’s just to have a chat. You’ll be most welcome πŸ™‚

The Future…

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Southport Town Centre is, as are many other town centers, suffering a serious downturn in fortune. Commercially, the town is dying a slow, slow death; the internet, the cost of running a business, the rates, and local taxation is placing a stranglehold on the town the likes of which we have never before seen. Working for yourself and making an honest living is not what it used to be. The pressures are enormous, and, for Southport, catastrophic!

But, there is a glimmer of hope, and not just hope but action!

We have been here, now, for 8 long years; for me, personally, a significant victory.Β  How to run a business, not for profit, but for a Community, nothing more, nothing less… How it used to be, perhaps? The Butcher, the Baker, the candlestick maker πŸ™‚

Just because we don’t Post too often, does not mean that our efforts have been any less than they have always been.

Come and support us, invest in us, and we, in our turn, will continue to do what we do: True Social Enterprise, at its best πŸ™‚

 

These Guys are brilliant, too!

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Remember GIGA (GetItGoingAgain)?

We knew it wasn’t a new idea, but who cares who thought it up, so long as we’re doing it πŸ™‚

So, take a look at what’s happening in Liverpool: http://www.catalystmedia.org.uk/environment/stop-dont-throw-away-that-toaster-take-it-to-be-repaired/#comment-645

Our own events were running during 2018/19. This is how we launched them, back in early 2018: https://makeitworkshop.wordpress.com/2018/03/29/invitation-to-a-free-community-event-get-it-going-again/

It was big thing for MIW to get that started, and, thanks to MRWA it brought in some much needed funds to supplement our other fundraising activities. Since then, and during last year, though, our staffing somewhat fell away, especially the skill-sets we needed to run the repair events. But, now, there’s some new light down the road, centred on a couple of new potential recruits to MIW, both engineers, one of small stuff, one of large (very large!) stuff. Remember the original film Flight of the Pheonix? That was one clear proof that when it comes to getting things going again… size really doesn’t matter πŸ˜‰

So, all being well, we should be able to get GIGA up and running again, hosted by MakeItRepair in Market Street.

Here’s a Call Out for anybody out there in our community or close by, who has time on their hands and loves fixing things? Come and join us! The commitment isn’t that great, just a couple of afternoons a month, using your time and skill to give back to your local community.

Watch this space, or check out our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/MakeItWorkShopCICSouthport