Bearings will operate as both a bike school and open community bike shop. We have weekly classes that focus on a particular topic and part of the topic, and we also host open shop hours where you can come in to volunteer and/or work on your bike.
DAYS AND HOURS OF OPERATIONS:
Tuesdays: workshop/open shop (see schedule below)
Wednesdays: Orientation and introduction to Bearings: This will be offered every other Wednesday from 7-9pm. Please stop by to visit and speak with a collective member about Bearings and share any interests you have with the collective!! These hours can also be used to volunteer and/ or use volunteer hours towards open shop hours to work on your own project.
Thursdays: 6:30-9:30 Weekly workshop/Open shop
Saturday: pop-up hours TBA!
Workshops offered in April 2013
WEEK 1: 4/4 Frames: Fitting,Sizing, and Adjusting: “What kind of bike is best for me?” -This class will provide you with the tools necessary to know what frames and components will work for you to give you a comfortable ride.
WEEK 2: 4/11 “On the road again..” -This workshop is geared for those who need to get their bikes ready for the road after the winter months. Frame assessment and basic maintenance.
WEEK 3: 4/18 “Fix a Flat” - Learn the necessary steps to fixing a flat while you’re on the side of the road with a flat tire.
WEEK 4: 4/25 “Bearings make your bike go round!” - Ever wonder what makes your bike such a cool machine? Why sometimes the ride is smooth and sometimes a little noisy? What IS a bearing? A look at all of the bearing groups on a bike. We will cover how bearings work and proper bearing maintenance and adjustment.
******MAY 2013 HOURS TBA!!!********
Workshops offered:Summer 2013-Schedule TBA!!!!
Pedals and Cranks: -What different types of pedals and cranks are there?What ARE cranksets? What pedals do I want? What cranks work on my bike? All of these questions will be answered in this class.
Wheels: - Did you buy a new bike and want to upgrade the wheels? Wheel got stolen and you want to know how to replace it? Do you want to find a new set of tires for your wheels? We will cover all of this and also basic wheel maintenance during this class
Brakes: identifying/ adjusting/replacing: - Can’t stop in time? Brakes squealing? This class will show you how to assess your brakes and wheels to make sure that you can stop in time for any situation.
Chains: - This is a short lesson on how to check your chain for wear and how to replace it when it is worn.
Gears: - Is your bike shifting odd? Not shifting at all? Does it make horrible noises when you try to shift? This is the workshop for you.
Bike Safety: - We will cover basic riding etiquette, what gear you should have to keep you safe on the road, and open the floor to discussion on how to plan a safe route.
Hubs: - How to assess and service your hubs
Bottom Brackets: “what’s that sound when i pedal?” - Do you hear a creakin’ when you pedal. It’s probably your Bottom Bracket. What’s a Bottom Bracket? We will answer that.
Single Speed Conversions: -This workshop is for those who want to be rid of their gears and cruise along with the simplicity of a bike. The workshop will inform you of what kind of bike can be easily converted into a single-speed and what parts you will need to do so.
Workshop Structure: -10 min of introductions/orientation -20 min theory/lecture -30min of hands on with instruction -1.5 hours of open shop/online shopping assistance -30min of clean up
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