Our Cycle 360 bike shop sales assistant, Ian, joined Active Travel IOM to share some words of wisdom with Year 5 pupils at Marown School whilst teaching bike maintenance as part of Active Travel IOM’s Active Travel Week.
Ian showed the youngsters one of our bikes and asked them what they thought they needed to do to check if their bikes were safe to ride before setting off on a bike ride. They already had some great knowledge of basic bike safety, but Ian helped expand this even further by showing them how to carry out an ‘M-check’. This ensures all parts are working properly before riding to keep everyone safe.
The kids then rolled up their sleeves having a go at checking their own bikes, fixing any problems themselves using tools that Ian had brought along with him. Lots of tire pumping, chain oiling and bike cleaning took place.
After playtime the pupils began designing their dream bikes of the future, with the best drawing having the chance at winning a special prize – a brand new bike helmet donated by us at Cycle 360. There were some incredible drawings and ideas for bikes of the future. After much deliberation, Anna, Carl and Donna from the Cycle 360 café crowned Rosie the winner with her bike drawing having some amazing features including a rainbow rain cover and a wasp catcher!
Rosie’s winning drawing featuring a rainbow rain cover and wasp catcher.
Overall, an awesome day was had by all involved and the children learned lots about essential bike maintenance. Thank you to Marown School for having us and to Active Travel for helping to put on such a great day. Of course, a big thank you also goes out to the Year 5 pupils for all their hard work!