Sustainability at USM

Come Learn About Bikes!

October 22, 2014 to November 12, 2014
Portland Gear Hub, Basement of the YMCA, 70 Forest Ave, Portland ME

Students, staff, faculty, and community members learned about basic bicycle care

Four-Week Bicycle Mechanic Workshop Series


Wednesdays 6-8p

October 22 & 29, November 5 & 14th

Join us at our popular recurring bike workshop series at the Portland Gear Hub. There is more space and there are more tools for your hands-on use! These workshops are designed to provide the aspiring, beginner, or intermediate bike mechanics with basic safety and maintenance information and are lead by volunteer professional bike mechanics from around the Portland area.

Demo bikes and communal tools are available

 - bring your bike and/or tools if you have them! The first hour is a structure lesson on varying aspects of bike care, the second hour is open bench time supported by knowledgeable volunteers.

Schedule of workshops:

Faculty, staff, students, and community members learned about basic bicycle care

Week 1 - October 22: Tires Tubes & Wheels

Learn how to identify a leak, change a tire, and patch a flat tube. Learn about different types and applications of wheels and tires.

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Week 2 - October 29: Brakes, Bike Fit, & Safety

Learn the basics of brake anatomy, function, adjustment, and simple repair on different styles of brakes.

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Week 3 - November 5: Shifting & Gears

Students, faculty, staff, and community members learned about the basics of bicycle care

Explore the anatomy, function, and adjustment of myriad styles of gears & shifters. Learn about optimal and efficient shifting while riding.

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Week 4 - November 13: Winter Adventures in Cycle Care

Whether you are putting your bike to bed for the season or continuing to ride through the snowy winter, learn how to care for your two-wheeled friend throughout our harshest months so it will serve you well next spring.

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The Portland Gear Hub is housed in the basement of the Portland YMCA and is a non-profit dedicated to providing outdoor equipment like bikes, skis, and backpacks to kids looking to go on short or long adventures. 

Contact Information

207-874-1111 ext 102 (Just ask for us at ext 102!)