Now open – Parklands Library Bike Shop!

“Why does my chain make that sound every time I change gears?”

“How can I adjust the break levers on my son’s bike so they fit his hands?”

“I have this ‘friend’ who has sort of neglected their bike – what should I … I mean they do?”

These were just some of the questions fielded by our local bike shop owner Graeme Taylor from The Bike Shop on Burwood Road (and now also in Redwood). Parklands Library was transformed into a bike shop last Thursday as fifteen brave and dedicated cyclists left the comfort of their homes on a frigid night to attend our latest Orange Chair event – the Bike Maintenance Evening.

Graeme generously donated his time to host a really informative, interactive and fun 90 minute session. Our guests were full of praise for Graeme and learnt new bike maintenance skills that they are already putting into practice – from changing flat tyres and adjusting gears to altering seat heights.

Bike Maintenance Evening
Bike Maintenance Evening, Orange Chair at Parklands.
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Our message was spread far and wide through our own efforts and those of the Ministry of Awesome and women’s cycle advocacy group Frocks on Bikes who “exist to help you get on a bike – no stress, no fuss, no need for lycra, just freedom, convenience and fun – in your own style!”

We received great feedback on the night and all guests went home with a free puncture repair kit from Graeme.

Look out for the next Orange Chair event!

Stephen Howes
Parklands Library

The Orange Chair: “Women and Money”

Girls Just Want To Have Fund$Whether you fastidiously check your internet banking after every purchase so that $3.99 doesn’t go unaccounted for, or simply plonk everything on your plastic, secure in the knowledge that it will all be affordable somehow, money is an ever-present concern for all of us, as evidenced by the boundless popularity of books centred on financial advice.

As part of the series of “Orange Chair” public conversations being held at Parklands Library – Te Kete Wānanga o Waitikiri, one such financial advisor and author, Sheryl Sutherland, will be seating herself in the famous hot seat next week at 6:00pm on Wednesday 30th October to share her wisdom.

Sheryl’s background is very impressive, with three books on financial success under her belt and over three decades’ experience in financial planning. She is especially committed to helping women better manage their money and investments in what is often a male-dominated world, so this particular Orange Chair is a must-attend for any woman looking to better balance her budget.

But what, there’s more! Call (03) 941-7923 now to secure your place (numbers are limited) and you’ll go in the draw to win of two prize packs, each consisting of Sheryl’s three books, which will get you started down the road to freedom from debt and empower you to make wise investments.
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