millimole wrote:It's all very well getting these people out on their bikes, because they have functioning bikes.
What about the untapped number of bikes left to die in sheds because of a simple repair left undone.
To get these bikes on the road it might have been better using the money to support members (sorry, supporters) to link with the owners and to do simple, safe repairs to get these bikes back on the roads.
A good many of those bikes will be BSO's which were beyond redemption with a wrench even when they were new let alone after years of neglect.
As for using members, I can see enormous liability problems when something bad happens from maintenance poorly done by an unqualified amateur wrench sent by the CTC. It would probably also decimate the LBSs as their service income went to amateur volunteers doing it for free (how do you distinguish someone genuinely wanting to get their unused bike back on the road from someone wrangling a free service for their regularly used bike?)