What appeals to me whenever I walk into Chainbrain is the inevitable number of people (usually younger people) engaging in banter and willing to include a stranger (myself) in a conversation. The place is very much like a community centre for cyclists, dressed up as a quality bicycle retail and repair business.
From the very first time I meet Jeremy Dalgleish, the driving force behind Chainbrain, I felt that this was someone running a business for reasons other than just making money.
An important tenant of Jeremy’s business plan when establishing Chainbrain, was that the shop would be a hub for people, particularly young people, to feel a sense of place and community. In less than two and a half years since Chainbrain came into being, this box has been well and truely ticked.
Unfortunately, on Sunday the ninth of September, Chainbrain was broken into and customer’s bikes, stock bikes and clothing were stolen.
In total eleven high value bikes and an extensive quantity of cycling clothing was stolen, in what looks to have been a well organised raid.
Jeremy’s insurance, though substantial, is not sufficient to cover such a sizeable loss ( due in part to the type of bikes which were taken). There is a very real chance that Chainbrain will not be able to recover from this setback.
The community is however now rallying to make sure this doesn't happen. There is a planned “Ride for Chainbrain” day which will involve a Arthur’s Seat mountain bike shuttle service for the day, culminating in a BBQ at Hillview Park and a crowd funding campaign to “Save Chainbrain” has been established. Please help us keep Chainbrain as an important part of our local community. Thanks.
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