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Charlie Lowell of the Susitna Bicycle Institute demonstrates how to oil a bike chain during a basic bike mechanics workshop during the Alaska Walk and Bike Conference held June 4-8, 2019, in Sitka. Charlie and Scott Menzies of the Susitna Bicycle Institute will host an introduction to basic bike maintenance workshop from 6-9 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 22, at UAS-Sitka Campus.

Have you ever been on a long bike ride and your back tire flatted? Did you know how to fix the tire? How about those brakes? Are they feeling a bit squishy?

Learn how to fix these and other common bike maintenance issues during an Introduction to Basic Bicycle Maintenance workshop from 6-9 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 22, at the hangar at the University of Alaska Southeast-Sitka Campus. The class will be taught by Charlie Lowell and Scott Menzies of the Susitna Bicycle Institute, who are in town that week helping create a Sitka bicycle co-op. This is a great way to learn how to make sure your bike is safe to ride.

The Susitna Bicycle Institute is a nonprofit bike school in Anchorage that teaches people about bike maintenance and even certifies people as bike mechanics. It has taken its message on the road, leading classes in Nome and other Alaska communities.

The class costs $30 per person (cash or check, made out to Sitka Cycling Club, only). People should bring their own bikes to this hands-on class.

For more information, contact Emma Klein at 966-8785 or emmak@searhc.org.

 

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Kathryn Winslow (pictured here during a recent bike tour) will join Laura Kaltenstein to teach a basic bike maintenance class on Saturday, March 10, at the UAS-Sitka Campus

Kathryn Winslow (pictured here during a recent bike tour) will join Laura Kaltenstein to teach a basic bike maintenance class on Saturday, March 10, at the UAS-Sitka Campus

Riding a bike can be fun, but it’s not so fun when you get a flat tire, your chain gets stretched out or your rear derailleur malfunctions. Do you want to learn how to give your bike a spring tuneup?

Kathryn Winslow and Laura Kaltenstein will teach a bicycle maintenance class from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 10, at Room 115 of the University of Alaska Southeast-Sitka Campus. Kathryn and Laura will teach basic bike maintenance, from troubleshooting and adjusting your rear derailleurs to fixing a flat tire and replacing your brake pads. They also will teach you how to tune up your bike. Knowing how to fix your own bike not only will save you money, but it will ensure your bike is safe to ride.

“A broken bike is a boring bike,” Kathryn said. “Be the boss of your bike. Learn how to fix it if it breaks.”

Students are encouraged to register in advance for the class (a minimum of five students need to enroll for the class to be taught). Students should bring their bikes, tire irons, a chain gauge, chain lubricant and a bike tool set, if they have them.

The class, which is offered through the UAS Office of Continuing Education, Community Education and Professional Development, costs $59 and students can call 747-7762 or 1-800-478-6653, Ext. 7762, or they can go to http://www.uas.alaska.edu/sitka/coed to register. If the weather is nice, there possibly will be a group bike ride after the class.

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