Snazzy spray jobs and elbow grease make old bikes seem new again

GOOD AS NEW The group of youngsters and support workers with their refurbished bikes                Picture: Malcolm Wells (150299-9819)
GOOD AS NEW The group of youngsters and support workers with their refurbished bikes Picture: Malcolm Wells (150299-9819)

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BICYCLES with wild designs and sleek spray paints have been created by talented youngsters.

A group of six schoolchildren from Leigh Park were given the opportunity to take apart old bikes and repair them ready to take them home at the end of the half-term.

The Pimp Ya Bike scheme was set up by Leigh Park police to give children aged between 11 and 17 something positive to do during the holidays.

They have now teamed up with the charity Big World Impact to run it.

Charlotte Bishop, a co-ordinator for the charity, said: ‘The course lasts four days and has been going for a while now.

‘Some of the bikes that are kindly donated to us by South West Trains are old and broken and in need of repair.

‘The young people get the chance to completely strip them, fix the parts, and rebuild them from scratch.

‘Our qualified bike mechanic teaches them bike maintenance.

‘Then they respray it with whichever designs they like.

‘Local young people are nominated to take part in the course as a way to break down barriers with the local police, reinforce positive behaviour in the community and educate them about bike maintenance and road safety.’

The courses are held at Staunton Country Park, in Middle Park Way.

One of those who is taking part this week is 13-year-old Kieran Bateman.

He said: ‘I’ve had fun with the police and its made me respect them and their time.

‘I’m looking forward to taking home my finished bike.’

Josh Rayner, 17, was one of the youngsters on the course a few years ago.

It was so successful that he is now a qualified bike mechanic and has returned to teach it.

He said: ‘I’ve come back to act as a volunteer mentor to some of the younger participants on the course.

‘I really enjoy the course and the staff and it’s nice to be able to help and do something for others.’

More bikes are always needed for the courses.

To donate a bike contact PC Fuller or PCSO Elgar on or via Twitter 

For more information about the course go to