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Wednesday, June 23, 2021

MP looks in on town's newly-opened bike workshop

* From left: Beth Ward, Robin Hughes, Simon Baynes MP and Steve Davies at Drosi Bikes in Llangollen.

Welsh Conservative Member of Parliament for Clwyd South, Simon Baynes, made a socially-distanced visit to Drosi Bikes in Llangollen.

They have recently started trading following the lifting of Covid-19 lockdown restrictions.

Mr Baynes heard more about the founders Beth Ward and Robin Hughes are proudly turning old, unwanted bikes into unique, functional and fun machines as well as electric-powered ones. 

Their aim is to reduce waste and help everyone have a positive impact on the world and its environment. They also provide a bike servicing and repairs service.

Drosi Bikes initially opened on May 17 this year. 

They hope their social enterprise business venture will encourage new riders to get fitter and their name is a play on the Welsh word trosi, meaning ‘to convert.’ 

All the bikes that they refurbish are donated and they have started to hire out bikes to local residents in exchange for a donation in order to encourage active travel. 

They also carry out e-bike conversions at a more affordable price – all customers have to do is supply the bike

An e-bike conversion from Drosi typically costs around £860 – considerably less than the market rate of a new e-bike.

Simon Baynes also met volunteer Steve Davies who, as a qualified cycle mechanic, helps with the bike recycling programme. 

Drosi also works with volunteers who are looking to learn more about fixing bikes, which emphasises how the company is giving people new and skilled job opportunities in the local community.

Beth Ward said: “Our sole purpose as a social enterprise is to improve the diversity in the cycling community and to offer people of all backgrounds an accessible and affordable solution to climate change. 

"We've been overwhelmed by the support we've received so far and we hope that the Community Bike Workshop in Llangollen will be a place that inspires more people to choose to cycle and not drive."

Simon Baynes said: “The team at Drosi Bikes are passionate and dedicated, and it was a pleasure to meet them in Llangollen. 

"Their business idea is fantastic – converting old unwanted bikes into a range of new bicycles and it certainly has caught on given the steady increase in business that they are experiencing. 

"Their shop is right in the centre of Llangollen next to the museum and is a great addition to the town which already has a very strong tradition of outdoor activities and care for the environment. I am sure they will go from strength to strength.”

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