Transforming items for better use is what Port Fairy's Repair Cafe does best and the man to see about a bike is Bruce Anders, who has over 50 years of experience.
The Port Fairy resident is one of the Repair Cafe's volunteer fixers and has been a popular request since the event's inception in January.
"I suppose I have been fixing bikes off and on for most of my life, over 50 odd years," Mr Anders said.
"I think I just learnt by myself and off my mates. We didn't have a lot of money so when we got things like bikes, if it broke we'd have to repair it ourselves.
"I was brought up to make things last as long as they could. If it broke you didn't get a new one whereas I think it's different these days where everything seems to be disposable."
Mr Anders has seen a great evolution of bicycles over the past 50 years, but the basic mechanics of fixing chains, tyres and pedals are the same.
"It's a little bit challenging fixing someone else's bike," he said.
"A lot of modern bikes are too technical but my son is right into cycling so I learnt a lot off Graham Woodrup. My son went right through the ages with different gearings and I learnt a lot through that. He's 45 now and still racing."
Despite the coronavirus pandemic halting the Repair Cafe's meetings, Mr Anders said he's had a great time meeting giving back to his community by lending a helping hand.
"I've helped mainly with basic stuff like changing pedals; a couple of young girls had a bike they wanted to do up so I took the chain off and showed them what to do," he said.
"Some of those old bikes you start working on them and you don't know where the end will be. A lot of them sit around for years so the chains deteriorate and the pedals aren't great.
"I think the Repair Cafe is a good idea to show that everything is worth trying to repair at least once or twice, it costs too much to buy a new one is my way of thinking."
The Repair Cafe will return to the Port Fairy Community House from 10am and organiser Natasha Mills is thrilled to be back.
"It's our first Repair Cafe since the second lockdown," she said. "We're all really keen to get back into it.
"So far we have a variety of items booked in to be repaired, including mowers, a wooden toy kitchen, a lamp, mix master, statues, as well as knife, secateurs and lopper sharpening.
"We've had a really positive response to this weekend's event and we're already booked out for bike repairs, knife sharpening and electrical. There's still spots available for the jewellery, general household and mechanical stations though."
Booking are essential for Saturday's event to adhere to COVID Safe regulations. To book, contact 5568 2681, firstname.lastname@example.org or send a message to facebook.com/portfairyrepaircafe
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