Author Topic: £50 bike repair voucher for all  (Read 3443 times)

fd3

Re: £50 bike repair voucher for all
« Reply #50 on: July 28, 2020, 10:15:25 pm »
What is non roadworthy?  If you need your brake pads changing?  If your gears don't work?
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quixoticgeek

  • Mostly Harmless
Re: £50 bike repair voucher for all
« Reply #51 on: July 28, 2020, 10:20:40 pm »
What is non roadworthy?  If you need your brake pads changing?  If your gears don't work?

At a guess, doesn't comply with the law for road worthy, meaning:

< 2 efficient brakes
bald tyres
incorrect or absent reflectors

J
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fd3

Re: £50 bike repair voucher for all
« Reply #52 on: July 29, 2020, 12:17:14 am »
... and it's crashed!
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Re: £50 bike repair voucher for all
« Reply #53 on: July 29, 2020, 06:17:12 am »
I’m a bit conflicted on this. On the one hand the idea of a free service is appealing, on the other I’ve been (relatively) unaffected by pandemic restrictions thus far so I will be passing on this, in the hope that it does encourage a new or returning cyclist back onto the road. I’m certainly not judging anyone else’s decision on this.

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ElyDave

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Re: £50 bike repair voucher for all
« Reply #54 on: July 29, 2020, 06:28:16 am »
What is non roadworthy?  If you need your brake pads changing?  If your gears don't work?

At a guess, doesn't comply with the law for road worthy, meaning:

< 2 efficient brakes
bald tyres
incorrect or absent reflectors

J

On this basis, I think I only have one "roadworthy" bike
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fd3

Re: £50 bike repair voucher for all
« Reply #55 on: July 29, 2020, 09:31:42 am »
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Thank you for your interest in the Fix Your Bike Voucher Scheme. There are no vouchers available right now. Vouchers are being released gradually to reflect the capacity of the bike repairers signed up to the scheme. More vouchers will be made available as soon as possible.
FFS!
This first thing today, following the system not working last night.
WTAF
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Re: £50 bike repair voucher for all
« Reply #56 on: July 29, 2020, 12:18:57 pm »
Apparently it came up at about 4am but was down by 6.30am.
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quixoticgeek

  • Mostly Harmless
Re: £50 bike repair voucher for all
« Reply #57 on: July 29, 2020, 12:49:44 pm »

On this basis, I think I only have one "roadworthy" bike

Yep by the letter of the law most bikes aren't road legal. Right now I'm sat in a bike shop in
NL, there is exactly 1, and only 1 bike in the building that fully complies with the letter of Dutch law for bikes. It also complies with the Vienna convention, and the UK law. It's my bike.

But then there's also not many people sad enough to sit and translate the relevant legislation and make sure thei bike applies. Cos for most people if it's got lights and a brake, that's enough. Apart from anything else most cops don't know what the rules are either...

It still makes me uncomfortable that .NL only requires one brake. Mostly as it's shocking how poor most brakes are. Took me a while to learn that while I can stop in a very short distance, the Muggle behind can't, which changes the way you ride... But I digress.

J
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Re: £50 bike repair voucher for all
« Reply #58 on: July 29, 2020, 02:26:30 pm »
A friend has an ancient heavy folder that is currently stuck in the highest gear (beyond my very limited abilities to fix) and limited funds to fix it. She's had no luck as yet. It is rideable but must be bloody hard work. She's also tried to buy a new entry-level bike but all she can find in stock is Halfords Apollo (ie their cheapest one) and I've told her not to bother with that.

As others have said I'd rather leave it for people like her than benefit myself, not that they appear to be easy to access anyway.

Re: £50 bike repair voucher for all
« Reply #59 on: July 29, 2020, 10:25:06 pm »
Mrs TB and I were speculating last night if it would mean a run of people going to LBS with knackered or irrepairable BSOs and possible altercations if LBS turned them away

Adam

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Re: £50 bike repair voucher for all
« Reply #60 on: July 29, 2020, 11:12:59 pm »
Today I've had 6 lots of people enquire about bringing their bike in for a service and wanting to use a voucher.  Only 1 has actually got one.  The others have still booked their bike in and say they hope they'll manage to get a voucher before they need to bring their bike along in 3 weeks time (big backlog unsurprisingly).

One poor lady said she tried from 23:44 and then every 30 minutes until 3 am before she gave up!!

Oh, and in another example of typical lack of thinking, the special website now very helpfully states they've used up the  initial tranche of vouchers, and they'll release more vouchers soon.  The trouble is, that web address was also supposed to have the login for bike shops, but the idiots have removed the link.  So I can't actually register a voucher or redeem it anyway!!
“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.” -Albert Einstein

DaT

Re: £50 bike repair voucher for all
« Reply #61 on: July 30, 2020, 09:43:10 am »
Vouchers open again

fd3

Re: £50 bike repair voucher for all
« Reply #62 on: July 30, 2020, 01:59:23 pm »
Vouchers open again
All out!
But the site is available for shops now.
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fuaran

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Re: £50 bike repair voucher for all
« Reply #63 on: August 04, 2020, 01:33:12 pm »
And now a scheme for Scotland. Seems no voucher required, just book it in at a participating shop. https://www.cyclinguk.org/ScotCycleRepair

Re: £50 bike repair voucher for all
« Reply #64 on: August 04, 2020, 02:10:06 pm »
And now a scheme for Scotland. Seems no voucher required, just book it in at a participating shop. https://www.cyclinguk.org/ScotCycleRepair

And the view from mechanics and bike shop owners in Scotland is that it's a nightmare.

From someone on LFGSS:-

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Scottish scheme works a bit simpler than the English scheme, however the number of total roasters wanting to modify their already nice functioning bikes with free money aimed for getting those in non fortunate positions to simply even have a working bike has been frustrating. English scheme I think the gov website is the filter for this, whereas up here, im the filter for it. Means probably a higher % of the funding will go to those who need it. If everyone booked in already needs full funding, money all spoken for already! Less than a day (to book, around 5 days of work) is all it lasted
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