Everyone is unique, and we all need support with different things at different times in our lives. Our Dundee visiting service provides support that allows individuals to meet their personal goals to live independently.

David, a member of our team, supported Ryan to learn new skills to help overcome some of his lockdown anxieties. Their collaboration on an upcycling bike project should inspire all of us to make the most of challenging situations.

Ryan is a black belt in kick boxing; he is also talented in mixed martial arts and exercises regularly. Even though he excels in these areas, Ryan was in need of some confidence-building support. Lockdown restrictions meant he was no longer able to attend the gym, so for something different to focus on, David suggested cycling.

Ryan immediately loved the experience, and felt a real sense of freedom. He knew that he wanted his very own bike to plan even more thrilling cycling trips. Unfortunately, all the cycle shops in Dundee were sold out, so they had to come up with an alternative solution. That's where the upcycling project began!

Ryan's first step was to understand the basic mechanics of a bike. He learned how to dismantle the components, use specific tools, and prepare surfaces for spray painting. This was Ryan's first-time spray painting, and although nervous at the beginning, there was no holding him back once he realised how simple it was.

David also guided Ryan on the basics of bike maintenance. They covered the brakes, levers, gear levers, and replacing cables. Ryan also learned how to replace and adjust the bike for great safety and performance.

David said: “Ryan was amazed at how his vision for his cycle came to life. He did not stop smiling during the test ride, and is looking forward to many more adventures on his self-built bicycle.”

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