See my post in your Yarra Trail thread.
Re the free bike I plan to ride the free bike on the WABR early next year and think it is a great option. I think you can you can also collect your bike in Swanhill if you wish??
Some thoughts however:
I rode the free bike last year. Was great but needed to be serviced before the ride.
1 Adjusted cables for gears and brakes. The peddle crank gear change can be difficult especially to select the middle gear.
2 Peddle crank bearing needed to be adjusted. Cones not properly tightened. Bearings were loose effecting gear changes and bearing life
3 Some riders needed to adjust wheel hub bearings.
4 Flat handle bar needed to be rotated for comfort.
I am sure you will find riders prepared to give assistance if required. There is always the overnight servicing available from Pegasus on the ride for more technical matters.
I plan to do whatever servicing the bike requires myself in Albany before the ride. Still need to decide on which tools to take or maybe use the Pegasus crew??