We are open! (With a few changes to how we operate…)

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Having been closed to the public for all except key worker repairs since March, we are now opening our door once again for repairs by appointment. Things will feel quite different to the Pedallers’ that we are used to (by the way, it was our tenth birthday earlier this month!).

Even with the government new national restrictions being introduced on the 5th of November we will remain open as bikes are an essential form of transport and so servicing them is still permitted.

If you just need to purchase a spare part or want to buy accessories e.g. lights or a lock then you can but we will not be available to give you advice, you will not be admitted to the workshop and you will not be able to use tools from the workshop.

You can find out more about booking a drop-in session where you can access our booking system

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Update on re-opening

This is now outdated please see the session page for up-to date information.

We’re still not open to the public yet – it’s taken a bit longer than intended for a few different reasons – but we’re nearly there! We’ve got our new procedures ready to go and will be spending a few weeks trialling them before, if all goes well, opening around mid-November.

Visits will be by appointment only, and to safely manage capacity they will only be available for repairs that are necessary to keep your main bike riding safely. We will announce more details and the link for online booking in a few weeks.

We will be rolling over membership to next year for everyone who’s paid up for 2020 – though of course we’d welcome anyone willing/able to support us by paying their 2021 membership.

As of now we are no longer offering separate key worker repairs, as this was a stop-gap whilst we were unable to re-open.

Thanks for your patience and support, stay safe and we look forward to seeing you soon.

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Pedallers with marked 2m zonesWe are working hard to get Pedallers’ Arms re-opened before September. To reduce the risk we are planning an appointment system to stop the workshop being overcrowded, as well as hand washing stations, screening the counter, and zoning the workshop to provide adequate space. We take our responsibilities regarding Covid very seriously & fixing your bike often takes much more time than shopping, for example, which is why our measures might seem more severe.

We are well aware that lots of people will be unable to use public transport so will be relying on their bikes more than usual so this is just keeping you updated that re-opening is a priority to us. We will let you know how things progress. Thanks for your support.

Pedallers’ Arms

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*Workshop Update*

Despite the recent relaxation of lockdown rules, the Pedallers’ Arms workshop remains closed. Helping people to fix their bikes is hard to do at a distance, and our drop ins were often very busy, so we will have to change how we operate to make it safe. We’re currently considering what procedures could allow us to run the workshop safely and will make an announcement when we’re able to open.

In them meantime we are continuing to offer repairs for key workers – see our previous post for more details about this. If you are a key worker and would like to make use of this, email info@pedallers-arms.org and answer the questions in the automated reply. Take care and stay safe!

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Bike Repairs for Key Workers

Pedallers’ Arms is a volunteer-run community bike workshop located on Mabgate Green, just off Regent Street, Leeds.

We are currently closed to the public however as of Thursday 16th April we will be offering a by appointment-only bike repair service for key workers who are using (or would like to use) their bike to commute to work.

We are offering our labour and any second-hand parts required to complete the repair free of charge (donations appreciated). If new parts are required we will discuss this with you first. We will do what we can to repair your bike however some repairs may be beyond the scope of what we are offering (i.e. we can’t make any promises!).

To make an appointment, please email info@pedallers-arms.org with the subject ‘Key worker repairs’ and provide your name, email address, a contact phone number and a brief description of the problem with your bike (please attach photos if this helps you to explain). It would also be helpful if you could give an indication of your availability. We will then email or call you to arrange an appointment.

We have safety protocols in place which we will explain in more detail when you make an appointment and on your arrival at the workshop. For those of you familiar with how we normally operate, what we are offering is of course very different to this. The mechanic will ask you to wait just inside the workshop entrance while they carry out the repairs to your bike.

Our workshop remains closed to the public so please do not come unless you have contacted us first to arrange an appointment.

Please note that we are not currently accepting donations of bikes, parts, or accessories. However, if you’re able to donate funds to help us to keep others rolling, we would be hugely appreciative.

You can make a bank transfer or set up a standing order:

Account name: Leeds Bicycle Co-operative
a/c: 20247403
s/c: 60-83-01

You can send us money with PayPal (Note that PayPal takes 3.4% + 20p so a bank transfer is better for us). Click here.

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Pedallers’ Arms – COVID-19 Closure

Dear Pedallers’ members, supporters and visitors,

In light of the escalating COVID-19 pandemic we have taken the difficult decision to close Pedallers’ Arms with immediate effect. Whilst we appreciate that bike transport is especially important at this time, we have weighed up the potential costs/benefits and decided that the most responsible thing to do is close.
We are obviously not medical experts but from the evidence available we understand that the most effective way to slow the spread of the virus is by ‘social distancing’ i.e. reducing contacts with other people, to reduce the risk of virus transmission.

We will continue to monitor the situation and will reopen as soon as possible.

For the small number of people who have a bike currently stored at Pedallers, we will be in touch with you next week to arrange collection – or if you prefer you can leave it in the workshop until we reopen.

Thank you for your understanding in this matter.

We encourage everyone to stay safe, follow medical advice and look out for support groups which are popping up around Leeds.
For example:

If you have an questions you can email us at info@pedallers-arms.org, however phone calls are unlikely to be answered.

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Winter Break

Hello everyone,

Pedallers’ mechanics will be taking a much needed break for the holiday season.

Our last session before closing will be Thursday the 12th of December. We will then take three weeks off before reopening on Monday the 6th of January.

Enjoy your winter and stay warm!

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An Evening with Emily Chappell: Where There’s a Will

On Friday 13th December 2019 we will be hosting a talk with Emily Chappell. This will take place 18:30 – 20:30. Due to the level of interest we will be holding this event at the Hyde Park Book Club, 27 – 29 Headingley Lane, Leeds, LS6 1BLEmily Chappell. This event is FREE but please book a place so that we have an idea of numbers and can contact you with details of any venue changes.

Emily Chappell is an author, adventurer and advocate, known for her long-distance bicycle journeys and the words with which she shares them. Emily visited us in 2016 to share stories from her first book, What Goes Around, and this time she will tell the improbable story of how she ended up winning the 4,000km Transcontinental race across Europe, read aloud from Where There’s A Will, and answer questions about every aspect of cycling and writing books.

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Closed Wednesday 6th of November

Hello everyone,

Unfortunately we will be closed tomorrow due to staff illness.

We apologise for any inconvenience.

Sage riding!

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We are back!

Pedallers’ Arms volunteers are all back from our summer break.  The workshop is tidy and we are refreshed, hope you are too.  If you’ve got any bike issues please come down to any of our public drop-in sessions and we will try to help.  If you’ve any questions please email or ring us, we’re looking forward to helping you fix up your bike.

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