FREE Cycle Healthchecks at Keystone Green Bikes

The Tour of Britain is coming to Thetford on Saturday 12th September. As part of the build up to the day, Keystone Green Bikes is offering Free Cycle Health Checks from Monday 7th September to Friday 11th September.

The event is one of many events taking place across the district which have received a grant of up to 500 from Breckland Council to help celebrate the return of the Tour.

The cycle health checks will be taking place at the Keystone Green Bikes shop, at 39 Brunel Way, Thetford, IP24 1HP Monday to Friday from 10.00am to 5.00pm. Anyone having their bike checked will be entered into a free prize draw for a set of bike lights.

The cycle check will involve an overall check of the bike s condition and pointing out worn parts that need replacing or adjusting.

Jim Strutton Green Bikes project coordinator said of the event: This is a great opportunity for cyclists to have their bike checked over to ensure it is safe for the road, and also increase awareness of our project and Keystone.

As well as the cycle checks, on Saturday 12th September at The Nuns Bridges in Thetford Keystone Green Bikes will be joining The Rotary Club, Parkwood Community Leisure, Norfolk Police and Thetford Town Council to host a family fun day. Throughout the day there will be a Barbecue, beer tent, exercise classes, cycle marking, games including bike hoopla. The Tour of Britain should be passing through at 12.30pm and Nuns Bridges will be a great spot to see the leading UK riders close up as they cross the bridges and head out towards Banham.

Keystone Green Bikes will also be creating a mural of the event passing through Thetford and are inviting people to tweet or email their photos of the event.

The best ones will be used in the mural, which will go on display at the Green Bikes shop. To contribute to the mural tweet @KeystoneTrust or email [email protected]1.

Cllr Trevor Carter, Breckland s Executive Member for Place, commented: The free bike health checks offer a great opportunity for people to have their bikes assessed by an expert before taking up cycling again. I hope that this event, and the many others that Breckland has helped to fund, will inspire people to get back in the saddle.

Alan Flack Director of Social Enterprise at Keystone said: The Green Bikes project started at Keystone in June 2009, over the years funding has reduced to the point where it is relies on generating its own sales for sustainability, over the 6 years we have diverted over 100 tonnes of bikes from landfill.

With the tour coming to Thetford it is a great opportunity to keep cycling in the news and to get more people back on a bike, following the success of the Big Bike Revival week back in May.

Keystone Green Bikes recycles bikes that have been thrown away at household waste sites from Bury and Mildenhall, and sells them at its shop.

During the day Keystone Green Bikes will be accepting donations of old bicycles, if you have a bike sitting in your garage or garden and would like to donate it please bring it along, we will give it a new lease of life so that others can gain enjoyment from it in the future.

The Keystone Green Bikes shop on Brunel way also sells new bikes and offers a range of new accessories alongside repairs and servicing for your bike.

For more information about The Tour and events taking place in the region please visit


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