The store opened on November 13th.
Over the past 12 months, staff have saved countless bikes from the landfill and encouraged more people in the community to get on a bike as well as run free maintenance workshops and free Dr Bike sessions. in Kirkcaldy and beyond.
They celebrated the store’s first anniversary by offering discounts on bikes and accessories on the same day, as well as entertainment and games, with an Apartment Repair Challenge and the Peachy Keen Water Lot of Energy Challenge that featured saw friends and family walking to walk over to a water pump and see who could fill the water bottles fastest.
Lang Toun Cycles got started during the lockdown – and there were a few challenges.
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A spokesperson said the main difficulty was finding suitable premises for the project.
She said: “We wanted the community bike shop to be downtown based, because downtown regeneration is important to Greener Kirkcaldy.
“We also wanted the store to be easily accessible for people who don’t have a car – so High Street was the obvious choice.”
The pandemic quickly took an impact on the organization’s plans to get underway.
“In the spring and last summer, many real estate agents were on leave, so there were long delays in securing the premises,” she added.
“The team started trading from a room available in Greener Kirkcaldy’s headquarters building on East Fergus Place, and eventually secured the store at 245 High St last October.
“After a job of painting and landscaping – and a lot of tinkering from the team – it opened last November.”
She continued, “Lang Toun Cycles has filled a gap in the market.
“Kirkcaldy did not have a bicycle store in the city center.
“It offers good quality and affordable bicycles for sale, repair and maintenance in an easily accessible location in the city center.
“Over the past year, they have recycled countless donated bikes that would otherwise go to landfill or scrap, or languish forever in people’s sheds, and have given people the chance to volunteer – learn new skills and gain work experience.
“The sale of reconditioned bicycles also offers those who cannot afford a new bicycle the opportunity to move on two wheels. “
The community bike shop is supported by the Scottish Government’s Climate Challenge Fund and Path’s For All’s Smarter Choices Smarter Places Fund, as well as Cycling UK and customers of Lang Toun Cycles. Staff also received funding from the Energy Saving Trust Electric Bike Grant Fund to add bikes to the bike loan fleet.
Staff have organized classes and workshops to teach people cycle maintenance techniques as well as free Dr. Bike checks through Kirkcaldy with the next event scheduled for December 18th at Templehall Parish Church. The slots are available for booking now.
For more information, visit the store at 245 High Street, Kirkcaldy and speak to the staff, or email: [email protected] or call (01592) 328920.