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Why we don’t build bikes for charity.

A long term staple of the team building industry is getting your team to put together a pile of bikes and then handing them over to a local charity.

Yes it sounds great and I’m sure participants get a sense of achievement, but there’s a few very good reasons why we don’t offer this program.

Here they are:

  • Bikes come fully assembled in shops for a reason. When non-mechanics put them together the warranty is void.
  • Bikes assembled by non-mechanics can be extremely dangerous
  • To stretch event budgets, cheaper bikes are often purchased for bike builds.
  • Bikes need an initial tune after about 50km of riding. Cables stretch and gears need adjusting. If the initial tune isn’t done, cheap bikes become unridable within months.
  • Bikes are often handed over with no maintenance equipment or instructions on how to keep them on the road.
  • some people just aren’t mechanically minded
  • I collect unwanted bikes for a charity that sends them off to Africa where they are reconditioned and used for low cost transportation. Half the bikes I collect are only 6 months old and have seized completely.

If you are really keen to do a CSR team building, we are offering a Regional Victorian wine tour in exchange for a donation to our preferred charity. Your delegates will be much happier, and the long term benefits are way more substantial. For more information just call or email.

Owner of Adventure for Life and Peloton Tours. Turned a thorough commitment to avoiding a proper job into a career.