Nobody is simply too younger or previous to take pleasure in an Edinburgh biking tour and see the sightson two wheels

Former teacher Leanne Farmer has seen her cycle tours of Edinburgh boom during the coronavirus pandemic

Former teacher Leanne Farmer has seen her cycle tours of Edinburgh boom during the coronavirus pandemic
Former trainer Leanne Farmer has seen her cycle excursions of Edinburgh increase throughout the coronavirus pandemic

Leanne Farmer, 47, takes teams of sightseers to close by landmarks like Musselburgh seashore and Rosslyn Chapel – offering not solely bikes and helmets but in addition appearing as a tour information, describing factors of curiosity and native historical past alongside the way in which.

Former trainer Leanne labored in Hong Kong and used to go on cycle holidays in Asia together with her husband and son Jack, now 11.

However when Jack was seven-and-a-half, he was identified with Perthes, a situation that impacts the hips, and was in a wheelchair for almost two years – till his mum received him a handcycle.

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Un your bike: Former trainer Leanne Farmer

The household returned to Edinburgh and two years afterward Jack was cleared of the situation, however Leanne was decided to share the advantages of biking with different folks.

She made her enterprise, A Wee Pedal, her full-time job final April – however this 12 months with journey restrictions in place for big components of the 12 months and households opting out of overseas holidays, she noticed demand improve.

Leanne stated: “I’ve needed to assume exterior the field.

“Initially of lockdown I serviced greater than 40 bikes for key employees totally free, simply to really feel like I used to be serving to ultimately.

“I additionally began choosing up quite a lot of Edinburgh-based households who had been searching for an alternate, secure, energetic time out.

“I carry them out for 4 hours and take them, for instance, from Edinburgh to Musselburgh seashore on an 18 mile loop.

“The mother and father can sit again and luxuriate in their youngsters biking and never fear about getting a puncture or getting misplaced.

“I care for that, I carry all of the instruments with me, I plan the route, I be sure that the youngsters have sufficient power and they’re saved busy alongside the way in which.

“I get quite a lot of households returning. I do not see myself as delivering a motorbike journey however an expertise.”

She had a need to share her hobbie with individuals who had been new to bikes when her household returned from residing in Asia for 12 years.

Mum-of-one Leanne stated: “I began volunteering to supply free, women-only bike rides and I cherished it a lot that I realised I needed to do it as a profession, so I did varied coaching programs to get certified.

“I posted my rides via TripAdvisor and received bookings fairly rapidly so I assumed, proper I’ll attempt to make a enterprise out of this.

“I used to be shopping for all these different guidebooks and my husband and I might go off and uncover Edinburgh, practising the routes, and doing, actually, quite a lot of legwork.:

“I by no means take my excursions via busy roads. If you realize the cycle path community in Edinburgh it is rather straightforward to remain on a cycle path more often than not, you simply must know tips on how to hyperlink them collectively.

“And that is what I see my job as.”

“I need to assist extra folks expertise the pure pleasure of being on a motorbike.

“My youngest shopper is 4 and my oldest is 70 – biking is there for all.”

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