Spindles and Sprockets Bike project (‘Spindles’ for short) was originally a Not For Profit community project set up in 2009 in Corsham by four bike enthusiasts when the town’s bike shop owner retired. We wanted to provide convenient, reliable and cost effective bicycle maintenance to Corsham and the surrounding towns and villages on Saturday mornings. Spindles was initially launched at Corsham’s Pound Arts Centre where it was based for over 2 years. During that time it attracted a range of new people to the Arts Centre. It became a social focal point for local cyclists: from serious sports riders stopping for coffee and pit stop repairs, to local school children needing a BMX puncture fixed. The Saturday morning workshop was a year round success. During our tenure at the Pound Arts Centre, staff recorded an increase not only in café trade but also increased interest in its other events and services. At the end of 2011 the Pound Arts Centre obtained the long awaited funds needed to develop the building that Spindles occupied and thus we moved to Corsham Community Centre where we were for over 2 years. During that time Spindles acquired more specialist tool was able to offer a wider range of services. Saturdays were always busy but we had time to make a film about our project that was put onto Youtube see Spindles Film Unfortunately our move to the old Community Centre came after the plans for the new Community Campus had been put in place so we were unable to secure a position in the new Campus. Spindles went into storage in May 2014.
After May 2014 we started organizing Spindles rides that started from the local High Street and visited various places including lots of cafes. Around March 2015 we approached the owners of the Martingate centre in Corsham to occupy one of the empty stops and on 6th April we started in Unit 8. Since then we have set up a partnership and undertaken the process of turning ‘Spindles and Sprockets’ into Spindles Bikes.
After a few months in Unit 8 we started to think about the next stage. Unit 8 did not work for us as a space and so we started to look around for alternatives. 30 High Street came up and was perfect as there is a good shop window and a court yard space at the back. We moved in at the start of December 2015.