Free cycle safety checks for paperboys and girls as nights draw in

Mick Madgett, of Madgett's Cycles in Diss. Picture: DISS CYCLATHON

Mick Madgett, of Madgett's Cycles in Diss. Picture: DISS CYCLATHON - Credit: Archant

As the nights get longer and it gets darker earlier, the job of being a paperboy can get riskier.

An estimated 1,000 competitors took part in the Diss Cyclathon. Photo:Lucy Begbie

An estimated 1,000 competitors took part in the Diss Cyclathon. Photo:Lucy Begbie - Credit: Archant

So organisers of a cycling event have decided to use funds raised from this year's gathering to give free bike checks to girls and boys doing delivery rounds this winter.

This year's Diss Cyclathon attracted 1,000 competitors who rode distances of 25, 50 and 100 miles around some of Norfolk's most idyllic countryside.

Since then money raised from the event has been used to support cycling clubs in the area, Diss' Corn Hall entertainment venue and charities such as the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

Now cyclathon organisers have joined forces with Madgetts Cycles in Shelfanger Road, Diss so that paperboys and girls can get a free bike check-up to make sure their cycles are ready for winter.

Alan Franks, from Diss Cyclathon, said: 'We're going to cover up to £50 of parts, clothing and accessories for the first 20 riders who apply.


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'From the money we raised at Diss Cyclathon in June, we have already helped local cycling clubs, the Corn Hall and charities like East Anglian Air Ambulance. We're also keen to get more young riders out there enjoying cycling.

'Doing paper rounds for many of us was the first time we used our bikes on a regular basis so we're keen that all the paper boys and girls in the Diss area and their bikes are ready for winter.

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'Applying for this offer couldn't be simpler – just take your bike to Madgetts and tell them you're a paper boy or girl in Diss.'

Mick Madgett, owner of Madgetts Cycles, said: 'We want to help everyone in Diss be ready for winter and ride safely.

'That's particularly important for younger riders and making sure their bikes and brakes are working well and they can be seen on the road is vital.

'For paperboys and girls who often have to go out in the dark that's important, so we and Diss Cyclathon will make sure they leave here with a bike that's been fully checked out, that they've got a helmet, hi-viz clothing and lights.'

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