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The Harry Race Soda Fountain, which donates its tips to a local nonprofit organization each month, will pay it forward to the Salty Spoke Bicycle Cooperative in February.

The Salty Spoke is a membership cooperative (with a sliding fee based on income) located in the back of the Hames Athletic and Wellness Center, providing bicycle maintenance and classes on bike repair. It also helps repair older bikes for lower-income riders, especially kids. The Salty Spoke opened in October 2019 and is usually open from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays.

“We are beyond excited to hear that Harry Race Soda Fountain has selected us to receive their soda fountain tips this month,” Salty Spoke co-coordinator Alyssa Russell said. “As a budding cooperative, this support from our community means so much to us, and we are excited to put the funds towards our youth education program. Thank you Harry Race.”

The Salty Spoke will host three bike maintenance workshops from 11 a.m. to noon on the last three Saturdays in February (Feb. 13, 20, and 27). Subjects covered likely will include routine chain maintenance, rust prevention techniques, safety checks, prevention techniques, and brake adjustments.

The workshops are $20 for the general public and free for Salty Spoke members. Due to COVID-19 concerns, the workshops are capped at eight participants and masks and social distancing are required. For more details, contact the Salty Spoke at thesaltyspoke@gmail.com.

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