How to give your bike a treat

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PEOPLE are being urged not to delay if they want to take part in a full-day bicycle maintenance and repair course.

The event is being run by Hartlepool Borough Council’s sport and physical activity team and takes place at Summerhill, a 100-acre outdoor activities centre and local nature reserve off the town’s Catcote Road.

The course, on Tuesday, May 22, will teach people a range of basic skills including dealing with punctures, maintaining gears and brakes, changing cables and adjusting headsets.

Adam Reah, the council’s outdoor activities co-ordinator, said: “Places are being snapped up fast so if people are interested in taking part I would advise them not to delay in booking.

“The aim is to help people master the essential maintenance and repair skills so that they can get out and about on their bikes with confidence during the spring and summer.”

The course costs £36.50 for Active Card members, £35 for concessions and £38 for others.

For more information or to book, call Summerhill on (01429) 284584.

Places are allocated on a first come, first served basis and people who cannot be accommodated on this course will be placed on a waiting list for a similar event later in the year.

The course is part of a wider drive to encourage more people in Hartlepool to take up cycling following a successful bid to Sport England for £10,000 which is being spent on further developing Summerhill as a base for cycling generally.