Stationary bikes to be replaced at North Huron Fitness Centre

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WINGHAM – North Huron council will replace the stationary bikes at the North Huron Fitness Centre at the cost of $19,060 plus HST.

The replacement bikes were included in the 2020 budget, but council delayed the purchase due to COVID-19.

A total of 11 CXC Training Cycles will replace the aging bikes currently being used at the rec centre by Johnson Health Technologies Canada Commercial Inc.

“Earlier this year and as part of the 2020 budget process, staff identified the need to replace 11 of the stationery training cycles in the fitness centre of the North Huron Wescast Community Complex, according to a report presented to council on Dec. 21.

“The cost to replace the cycles was estimated to be approximately $20,000 and was included in the approved 2020 capital budget.”

Township staff presented a report to council in April, following the outbreak, relative to the 2020 capital project program.

The report included a list of projects that needed to be undertaken in the spring and provided a timeline for when council could conduct the remaining projects later in the year. The purchase of the cycles was one of the projects that were postponed until later in the year.

The bikes that are being replaced have become too expensive to continue repairing and will be removed by Johnson Health Technologies, according to Vicky Luttenberger, director of recreation and community services.

She told council that there is some value in the “trade-in” but not a substantial amount as “more and more repairs are having to be done to those cycles, there is some value to them, because they are commercial grade, but it is not as high as you may think.

“Because of their age and the amount of breakdown, the other issue with these cycles is that it is hard to find the replacement parts for it. You basically use the parts from one cycle to repair the other,” Luttenberger added.

The equipment to be replaced is original to the facility’s construction. The stationary cycles’ purchase is part of the department’s plan to replace outdated, aging equipment and the township’s Asset Management Plan,

To ensure the township meets the needs and expectations of the fitness centre clients, they need to ensure safe and operable equipment is available for use.

Cory Bilyea, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Wingham Advance Times