We recently moved house and along with it all our bicycles – a kids balance bike, single speed, ladies step-through, fold up and cargo bike (if that sounds like a lot I got rid of another three before we moved!). So I thought now was an opportune time to get our fleet of bikes serviced.
Instead of hauling the lot of them to our local bike shop, and being without our mode of transport for days, I called Good Cycles.
Good Cycles are mobile bike mechanics whose workshop is based out of Docklands. They ride around the CBD and inner city with their 30+ kg Yuba impressively laden with tools, parts and accessories, servicing bikes in people’s offices, universities and at your home.
That means you don’t need to be without your bike on your commute and your errands and don’t have to spend your lunch hour or weekends getting your bike fixed. How often do you put off getting your bike serviced because it’s too much hassle? (Guilty as charged).
Good Cycles rode their cargo bike over to my house and set up in their mobile workshop in my backyard. For almost three hours Mike the mechanic checked, greased, aligned and pumped our bikes, giving them the kind of attention that they hadn’t received in a long time. A standard service costs $77 or you can upgrade to higher levels of service for $120 and $170. Their prices are commensurate with the prices for most local bike shops and they offer discounts for group bookings too.
Not only is getting your bike serviced by Good Cycles more convenient than taking your bike to a bike shop, the business is also a social enterprise. They teach people in need, such as long term unemployed and homeless, to be bike mechanics (an in-demand job). They work with Melbourne City Mission, job agencies, and the Youth Support and Advocacy to recruit trainees into the program then during the 18 month program, participants are employed as trainees, completing on-and-off the job training in Certificate III in Bicycles and teamed with qualified bike mechanics. The traineeship includes accredited training, employment, personal support and assistance with transition into the open labour market with an option to complete an apprenticeship if they opportunity arises.
Good Cycles also run workshops and classes in bike maintenance and help local governments and community organisations deliver bicycle-based programs. All the profits from the business go back to supporting, training and engaging the people they help.
So with Good Cycles you can get your bike serviced, save time and support a good cause. Win-win for everyone!