Gladstone Bicycle Centre's Dave McIntosh often repairs wheelchairs and walkers.
Gladstone Bicycle Centre's Dave McIntosh often repairs wheelchairs and walkers. Tom Huntley

Mr Fix-it offers vital service

IF IT has wheels, there's a very good chance Dave McIntosh can fix it.

Bikes are his main business, but he also repairs wheelchairs and walkers.

Dave and wife Sally-Anne have owned Gladstone Bicycle Centre for two decades.

Dave has been a bike mechanic for 41 years.

"I was taught by old-school tradesmen," he said.

Those tradies believed in tinkering. As does Dave.

"The bike industry has become a replace industry not a repair industry," he lamented.

Families living with disability in Gladstone region have to make do with repairs.

Wheelchairs are expensive to replace.

And Dave does his best to keep costs down for these customers.

He sources second-hand parts where necessary, always looking for the best deal.

"We do our best to have it back the same day...that's their arms and legs," Dave said.

When a chair arrives in his workshop it is usually completely busted.

"It's used to the point when it breaks," he said.

The offenders: brake cables, wheel bearings and grips. Dave also does modifications.

NEED A REPAIR?

Dave and Sally-Anne McIntosh have owned Gladstone Bicycle Centre for two decades

The couple is the third owner of the Gladstone institution, which has stood in the same location since 1966

It is the oldest bike repair shop in central Queensland

Pop into the shop at 151 Auckland St or phone 4972 1142



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