Columbus Outdoor Pursuits is partnering with Franklinton Cycle Works (the west side bicycle cooperative) to offer a series of basic bike maintenance classes and a road safety course on five dates over a four-week period. Class sessions are limited to 12 participants and registration is for all five course dates.
This series is appropriate for both the aspiring mechanic looking for a place to start or experienced riders who just want to be self-sufficient in basic maintenance and to brush up on some basic safe riding skills in groups and on Columbus area roadways.
The maintenance portion of the series (four Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 pm, totaling 8 hours of classroom time) will provide participants with a general understanding of bike anatomy/functionality and how to perform common bike repairs. Each session will focus on a different area, as follows:October 19 – Basic Bike Anatomy and Flat Repair
October 26 – Wheel Truing and Hub maintenance
November 2 – Derailleur Adjustment and Drive Train Maintenance
November 9 – Brake Adjustment/ Running new cables
The shop classes are a mixture of lecture, lab and study. The class instructor will provide context for the repairs and give demonstrations on proper technique, and then lead labs in which students practice these skills on their own bikes (or a shop bike if preferred). Students will be offered the opportunity to practice further on Tuesday evenings, or Saturday afternoons, although it’s not required.
The road safety skills portion will take place on Saturday, November 5 from 1:00-4:00 pm (rain date will be scheduled if necessary) and will consist of individual instruction and group practice of bike handling skills, traffic safety and group riding exercises. A group ride of ~10 miles will follow in order to practice skills on the road in paceline.
The cost for the entire course series is $100 for COP members and $110 for non-COP members, however a no-cost option is also available for individuals who are willing to volunteer for 12 hours at the FCW open shop (volunteer hours may be completed in 2-4 hour segments on Tuesday evenings and/or Saturday afternoons).
Please contact Justin Curtis, COP Cycling Co-Chair, at email@example.com or Jonathan Youngman, FCW Executive Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in the volunteer opportunity (arrangements will be made to schedule your volunteer hours and a code for registration will be provided) or with any questions regarding the course or registration.