Cumann na bhFear- Weekly Vintage Bike Repair Workshops

High Nelly bikes with Cumann na bhFear, St. Patrick's Day Parade 2013, Galway city
More volunteers are now needed to be involved in the next vintage bicycle repair and maintenance workshop which will take place at 7pm on Monday May 20th in the Cumann na bhFear (aka Men’s Shed) premises at unit 1B in Sandy Road Business Park.
Last Monday, seven High Nelly bikes were worked on with work continuing on this units on Monday next. 
Tutor is cycling expert Brian MacGabhann who will supervise the repair of a fleet of High Nelly bicycles as well as providing participants with practical advice on topics such as repairing a flat tyre, cleaning and oiling bike chains, fixing a buckled wheel and adjusting brakes.
The restored classic bicycles will be used for leisurely cycling within the Terryland Forest Park and for a new Greenway cycling route that will link seven castles along the mainly rural landscapes of north Galway city and nearby county including the castles of Terryland, Menlo, Cloonacauneen, KIleen and Castlegar.
Michael Keaney of Castle Ellen has donated to the group a rare vintage three wheel post office bicycle that will be restored for use as a picnic food holder for participants taking part in the Seven Galway Castles cycling tours

For further information and for booking a place on the workshop, contact Brendan Smith at

Cumann na bhFear is part of the international Men’s Shed movement that provides an environment and a place for men and women, both young and old, retired, unemployed as well as the employed to teach and learn manual skills from each other. The group, based in a premises leased from City Council on Sandy Road, provides facilities, courses and workshops for members in woodturning, blacksmithing, tin-smithing, coppicing, bicycle maintenance, furniture repair, electronics and web-design. The group has a strong heritage and community ethos and is hoping to use the skills taught to re-construct and repair many of the hedgerows, gates, pathways and stonewalls in the publicly owned Terryland Forest Park.


Brian O'Donovan (BOD) said...

This is a good idea because I guess these bike need a lot of maintenance.

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c@thy said...
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c@thy said...

Hi brendan, I was reading your writting on the messenger bike and I noticed that my dad has the exact same one and he's been trying to restore the bike completely for years but can't find any bike stores that sell the parts, anyway would you know of any bike shops that specialise in restoring these bikes or websites ? anything is helpful.
Thank you

Speedie's Blog said...

Greetings Cathy,
I tried to contact you direct but had no way of doing so.
We source spare parts from using the remains of other old High Nelly bicycles. We hope though to order a collection of parts from the Netherlands within the new few weeks. We also have been told that there is a bike shop in Tuam that has parts for old vintage bikes that we will have full details on next week.
Finally, we are undertaking a 3-wheel vintage bike repair workshop in Cumann na bhFear (Unit 1B Sandy Road Business Park Galway city) as part of national 'Culture Night' on Sept 20th- 8pm to 10pm. You should tell your father to come along!!