Phil Beardmore, Business Development Manager invites all to the launch of Cycle Chain’s new floating bike workshop, Carina, at Cambrian Wharf in Birmingham City Centre on Friday 28 September 2012.

The formal launch will be at 12pm followed by lunch, and the boat will be open to the public until 4pm so do please come along at any time if you can’t make it at 12pm.

Carina will be a unique bike workshop where young adults with learning disabilities from our partner, Trinity Specialist College, will learn mechanical and numeracy skills and self-confidence through learning about bike maintenance.

For a copy of the press release of the launch, please visit (pdf)
For a map of the location of the boat at Cambrian wharf, please visit
To view a short video about Cycle Chain’s work please visit (Flash).

RSVP to Phil at this email address please so that numbers can be estimated for catering purposes.

Phil Beardmore
Business Development Manager
Cycle Chain Ltd

0779 183 9025

Kathy Hopkin adds in the university’s Green Aston Blog that the new floating cycle shop will be pulled into Cambrian Wharf by members of West Midlands Police Rugby team, the National Champions. She continues:

“Housed on a former cargo longboat named Carina, Cycle Chain will repair, sell and hire refurbished  bicycles from its city centre canalside mooring at Cambrian Wharf situated just East of the NIA, behind the Birmingham Rep Theatre.

“The vessel has been provided at nominal cost by Canal and River Trust (formerly British Waterways) whilst Centro have financed Carina’s restoration. Cycle Chain, a social enterprise began refurbishing donated and unclaimed bikes in 2002.

“Founder and director, former amateur racing cyclist and lecturer, John Shaw ( explained: “I was working with and training cycle mechanics who were partially sighted; it became obvious that there is a great potential in using bike restoration as a medium for teaching people with various disabilities, not just fixing bikes but learning important skills of communication, teamwork, dealing with customers, and applying themselves to something with a positive end product for which there is endless demand. Now we are setting up our own floating shop we will continue restoring and selling bikes, with our mechanic trainer and trainees from a local college. We will be offering ‘park and service’ deals for cycling  commuters who need a repair, and cycle hire. The canalsides are an interesting environment to explore and we will progress to leading bike trails and guided groups.”

Note news of another canal cycle shop/repair station project in Rugby – above: