And that is the plight facing Spindles and Sprockets, Corsham's one and only community bike workshop. Their current home in the local community centre is being knocked down in a couple of weeks as part of the development of a new community campus housing the library, the leisure centre, a cafe and lots more. It will be an amazing asset for the town in every respect, apart from its lack of space for a bike workshop.
To commemorate the end of an era, we went along to visit Spindles this morning. Husband has been involved with Spindles from the start, and on Saturdays we've learned that "I'm just going round to Spindles for an hour or two" really means "I'll be messing around with bikes all day."
Yes, it's a perfect man cave, complete with coffee and doughnuts, and males of all ages (from 11 - 70+). But it's much, much more than that.
They have serviced hundreds of bikes and sold reliable bikes at reasonable prices. All the bikes sold are ones that have been donated or rescued, and repairs are done using recycled parts where possible. 'Keep Corsham cycling' is Spindles' mantra and they have certainly done their very best to achieve this
Several youngsters have gained invaluable practical skills.
|Josh, now in his last year of school,|
has been a key member of the group from its early days.
There have been monthly bike rides organised by the group. These are family friendly rides for all ages and usually there is not a hint of lycra to be seen.
Several local schools have benefited from Dr Bike sessions that Spindles have run in conjunction with Sustrans.
Countless doughnuts have been eaten over the last four years.
But all this is in jeopardy unless the group can find a new home. Months of searching for suitable premises have drawn a blank.
We're all hoping for a last minute miracle. Otherwise there will be an awful lot of bikes to rehome.
If you're local and you have ideas or can help spread the word, please get in touch! The Spindles website is here.
And if you want to know more about the work of Spindles and Sprockets, take a look at their new film which has been produced to aid the quest for a new home.