This May is National Bike Month. For those who use two wheels to get around town, or simply bike for pleasure, a special workshop series will provide plenty of functional fun.
The free, four-week series will be held at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, partnering up with the Corvallis Bicycle Collective to offer comprehensive classes teaching cyclists the basics of bike mechanics and repair. A different class will take place every Saturday from May 7 through May 28, where the following valuable repair skills will be taught to attendees:
Week 1: Flat Repair and Safety Checks. Saturday, May 7, 1:30 to 3 p.m. This beginner-level workshop introduces participants to the world of bike repair, starting with the easiest types of repairs including how to fix a flat tire and how to check a bicycle for safety before riding.
Week 2: Bicycle Bearings. Saturday, May 14, 1:30 to 3 p.m. This workshop will help cyclists keep their wheels operating efficiently by presenting riders with the proper techniques for checking and servicing the bearings on their bikes.
Week 3: Cables, Brakes, and Shifters. Saturday, May 21, 1:30 to 3 p.m. At this hands-on workshop, riders will learn about how their brake and gear-shifting systems function with regard to cables, and how to repair problems associated with brakes and gears by mending the cable systems on their bikes.
Week 4: Multiple Workshop Topics. Saturday, May 28, 1:30 to 3 p.m. Riders will receive instruction on various topics related to bike repair, along with information on resources offered by the Corvallis Bike Collective. Topics will include bike-bucket building, how to carry cargo, safe and proper usage of lights, reflectors, and helmets, and proper public parking security.
To register, call 541-766-6793 or email askalibrarian@corvallisoregon.
By Kiki Genoa