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Hilda Broden studying to be an occupational therapist at Luleå University and is involved in bicycle repair.

Bicycles mended by Christian students

Published: 7 May 2015

For the fourth year in a row organizes students in Lulea University Christian student association (Lukas) free repaire of bikes for students and others at Luleå University of Technology . At 8 o'clock in the morning, even before the bicycle shop opened, stood a group of students with broken bikes and waited patiently.

Gustav Holmström active in LUKaS
Gustav Holmström studying technical design and is active in LUKaS and in the association's bicycle repair shop

- We had about 30 bikes mended before lunch and hindsight is that we passed by 70-80, which is about as many as in previous years, says Gustav Holmström, who is studying Industrial Design at Luleå University of Technology and is a member of the Board of LUKaS and also involved in the group that are planning cycle workshop.

Outside F-house on campus was a handful repairers in full swing well into the morning with a variety of mendings. The challenge was torn tires, broken gears and adjusting brakes and more. Demand from the bike repair is great from university students.

- Even at the beginning of the zero period, we have been asked about bike repair shop, says Gustav Holmström.

Some 20 students in total, who is within LUKaS, was active bicycle repairers during the day and there were also representatives of various churches in place, including from the Swedish Church on campus. The basis for the students' commitment is understood the Christian message of helpfulness.

LInda Levén student in LUKaS
Linda Levén student and engaged in LUKaS bicycle workshop at the university

- Yes it is a way to help our fellowmen, says Linda Levén who is within the association and studying sustainable energy at Luleå University of Technology.

The association has provided a cycle repair kit which the students can use and in addition they have some of their own tools. And moreover, there is a wall-mounted pneumatic hose at the back of the E building if they need to pump their bicycle tires.