Hill, the Youth Program Manager of Bike Recycle came together with Veronica Wheeler, Old Spokes Home’s apprentice mechanic and decided a class like this was necessary for women cyclists’ safety. Repair shops are normally male dominated so their vision is that a class like this will give women a chance to learn the basics of repaid in a comfortable environment.
The class lasts three days and you will learn the bike anatomy, how to fix flats, brakes and gears. The next set of classes is August 18, 25 and 27 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm at Bike Recycle. If you can’t make this set of classes there will be more offered until winter.
"It addresses those emergency fixes, something’s broke, my shifting isn't right and I don't know why. And it removes, sometimes, the frustration that comes with riding and also removes the intimidation with coming into a bike shop and being able to speak on par by saying, 'Actually my brakes aren't working,' rather than, ‘Something’s rubbing," said Wheeler.
The class ranges in cost depending on your income and is considered a donation to the nonprofit, Bike Recycle. Contact Veronica Wheeler, firstname.lastname@example.org, to sign up.