Basic Bike Repair Class

Posted on April 21, 2006

Learn to keep your bike in shape in time for the cycling season AND support Neighborhood Bike Works youth programming! Lessons include bike anatomy, flats, roadside emergencies, cables (brakes & shifting), and bearing surfaces (hubs, etc.) This four-evening series will be taught by a League of American Bicyclists certified bike safety instructor. You will learn on your own bicycle so can apply your new skills in the real world. Bonus: Be among the first to see our fantastic new shop!

Due to renovations, this class is being delayed ONE WEEK. Four Mondays from 6:30PM to 9:00PM, starting May 1st 2006. IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO SIGN UP! Please email or call 215.386.0316. Include: your name, contact info (email & phone), and a short description of your bike and ability level.

Interested in an advanced class, women only, or wheel building? Let us know; we’ll set one up if there is enough interest!

Neighborhood Bike Works is a non-profit youth development organization in West Philadelphia serving neighborhood youth from 8 to 18. Our main shop is at St. Mary?s Church, 40th and Locust Walk, on the University of Pennsylvania campus, our Haddington neighborhood shop is at 60th and Vine. Since 1996 we have offered classes on bike repair and bike safety after school, on weekends, and in the summer. By completing a series of classes and fixing up used bikes donated by the community students can earn a bike for themselves with a helmet and a lock. In addition to providing a positive activity for young people we introduce them to the fun, the health benefits, and the freedom that come with cycling in the city.

We provide services to the community as a whole in the form of bike safety checks at block parties and other events, valet bike parking at events such as the Wachovia race, and through our adult programs which include the “Bike Church” adult bike repair sessions and adult classes in bike repair and urban riding skills . Many of these community programs provide a positive way for our youth to give back to the community.

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