Poignant moment for bike squad

Geared up: Sean Price (left) with members of Freshfields Bike Club, Mark Holloway, Phil Howarth, Jason Howard, John Giles and David Hargreaves

Geared up: Sean Price (left) with members of Freshfields Bike Club, Mark Holloway, Phil Howarth, Jason Howard, John Giles and David Hargreaves

0
Have your say

Freshfields Bike Club have restored a 1980s Raleigh Tomahawk bike which will now be shipped to America in time for a special 30th birthday.

Freshfields Bike Club is held every Friday for adults with learning disabilities to learn bike maintenance and to ride safely.

Last Christmas, Sean Price, who cares for one of Freshfields students, approached Bike Club tutor Ian Kirkbride about the possibility of restoring the Tomahawk, originally bought for his son’s eighth birthday.

He wanted it restoring for his 30th birthday in November this year and the bike club agreed to try.

The bike has been stripped down, taking care to preserve as many original parts as possible, shot-blasted and re-painted in yellow and silver.

Sadly, Ian was not able to see the finished bike as he died last month after suffering a heart attack. Freshfields asked Burnley Cycle Centre to help with the finishing touches before they handed over the bike.

Mr Price said his son David will be so pleased to see it again after all these years of being at the back of the shed. He now is preparing to send it to Milwaukee in the USA where it will hang in his son’s bar ‘3 Lions’ along with the photographs that show its restoration.