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If you participate regularly in bike-riding events around the ACT, you know Cycle City.
“I first went there to pick up my rego pack for a ride in 2015,” said a Pedal Power ACT member who lives in Belconnen. “I go back there now because the guys in the shop know their stuff.”
Many bike shops in Canberra have their own little communities, made up of locals who frequent their store and attend their rides and events. Cycle City has built a following across the whole Territory, partly through their involvement with events like Fitz’s Challenge and the Rotary Five Peaks Ride.
You might have seen the guys from Cycle City at the Big Canberra Bike Ride event hub on Rond Terrace earlier this month. Garth and Lachy (below) manned the Cycle City mechanical support tent, ready to attend to any bike that came their way.
I visited their tent at the event hub in between rides starting, and ran into none other than Pedal Power ACT President Jane Brooks (below). Lachy changed out the mountain bike tyres she had on her bike to her road tyres, ready for the 35km ride.
Without the support of Cycle City, our events and programs would not run nearly as smoothly as they do.
Cycle City’s Jesse Bulkeley runs a cycling skills information course for the Pedal Power ACT New Horizons program, and it was there he met Diana Bennett.
Diana was renewing her cycling skills after a 60 year break, and Cycle City played a fundamental role in setting her up with the right equipment. The right bike, support and skills gave Diana the confidence to enjoy the freedom and mobility of cycling at the age of 80.
“I have built a strong rapport with Diana and have watched her confidence and cycling knowledge and awareness grow exponentially,” said Jesse.
“Diana is an absolute inspiration and advocate for cycling in Canberra.”
“Hearing Diana’s story is inspirational for anyone looking to take up bike riding or just get themselves more fit and active in general.”
Thanks to Cycle City for all the hard work they put in supporting the bike-riding community across the ACT.
You can show your appreciation in person by visiting their store in Fyshwick, at 153 Newcastle Street.
They’re open 7 days a week, Monday to Friday 8:30 – 5:30, Saturday 9 – 4 and Sunday 10 – 4.