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More than 50 cyclists braved the rain as they gathered Saturday for a dedication ceremony for Sitka’s new public FixIt station and the Sitka Half Century 50-mile bike ride, capping off a busy week of cycling activities in Sitka.

The new Dero FixIt station, located at the corner of Lincoln Street and Harbor/Lake streets, was donated to Sitka by CRW Engineering Group of Anchorage, which has placed seven FixIt stations around the state as part of the company’s effort to promote active transportation. Brian Looney, an engineer with CRW, came to Sitka to help install the FixIt station, and during the ceremony placed a Sitka Cycling Club sticker on the FixIt station. Before the ceremony, Brian showed how a cyclist can scan the QR code on the FixIt station to access video tutorials on how to make different bike repairs.

The Sitka Half Century actually featured rides of four different lengths — a seven-miler to Whale Park and back to town for families, a 15-miler to Blue Lake and back to town, a 30-miler to Green Lake and back to town, and a 50-miler to Green Lake and back to Starrigavan (with a short trip up the Nelson Logging Road) and then back to town. There were more than 50 cyclists, including three pulling trailers with kids, who took part in one of the four rides.

Earlier in the week, Scott Menzies and Charlie Lowell of the Susitna Bicycle Institute in Anchorage gave a 40-hour intensive training in bike mechanics to six Sitkans who will work at the new Sitka bicycle co-op at the Hames Athletic and Wellness Center opening later this fall. Scott and Charlie also taught a three-hour Introduction to Basic Bicycle Maintenance workshop on Thursday night at the University of Alaska Southeast Sitka Campus hangar. During the dedication ceremony for the FixIt station, Charlie gave a short demonstration on how to use the various bike tools included with the unit.

A slideshow of scenes from Saturday’s dedication ceremony and the Sitka Half Century are posted below.

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Do you think you can handle riding your bike 50 miles? The Sitka Cycling Club will host its inaugural Sitka Half-Century Ride on Saturday, Aug. 24, and you’re welcome to join in the fun. Don’t think you’re up for riding 50 miles? We also have some shorter rides that day.

Meet at 9 a.m. by the traffic light at Lincoln and Lake streets to register and to attend a dedication ribbon-cutting for our new public Fixit bike repair station at the corner. The Fixit station is being donated to Sitka cyclists by CRW Engineering Group of Anchorage. Brian Looney will be in town representing CRW.

Charlie Lowell and Scott Menzies of the Susitna Bicycle Institute in Anchorage, who will be in town that week teaching bike maintenance classes and helping Sitka start a bike co-op, will demonstrate how to use the tools at the new Fixit station from 9:10-9:25 a.m., and the Fixit station dedication ceremony takes place at 9:25 a.m.

The rides start at 9:30 a.m., and they include a family ride to Whale Park and back to town (about seven miles), a ride to Blue Lake and back (about 15 miles), a ride to Green Lake and back (about 30 miles), and the whole ride of 50 miles (which includes a ride to Starrigavan after the ride to Green Lake). A map of the ride is shown on the event flier. The ride is free, but we do ask all participants to sign a liability waiver and to wear bike helmets.

For more information, contact Doug Osborne at douglaso@searhc.org or 738-8734.


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