This month’s topic is Rules of the Road. This discussion won’t change driver behavior, but we hope to encourage each other in how we are riding (or hope to ride) the streets of Memphis. We have some resources and visual aids to talk about. And we’ll share what does and doesn’t work on streets with or without bike lanes. Ladies, I hope you will join us with your experiences and questions.
Join us at 2:00 p.m. in Revolutions Bicycle Cooperative located at First Congregational Church (1000 S. Cooper). Enter off Cooper St. through our Bike Gate. And bring you bike, because if the weather is fine, we’ll take a short ride, afterwards, together! And yes, you can ride your bicycle in the cold weather of Memphis. At least, here, it doesn’t usually look like this:
Do You Know How to Fix a Flat?
This week, I saw this great explanation of how to fix a flat.
Fixpert Comics says that she developed it in
“collaboration with Common Cycle — an incredible group of cycling advocates here in Ann Arbor. They have worked with our local public library system to make a bicycle repair kit available for checkout at all Ann Arbor libraries. For the kits, I created this little comic about Dog fixing a flat. If Dog can do it, so can you!!”
Flat fix kits available at the library?! What a great idea!
Update on Christmas Bikes
We have cleaned out and adjusted all of the kids’ bike cranksets and bottom brackets. And we’ve moved on to headsets, yet another place that the bicycle has ball bearings!
Still thinking about joining us to work on these bikes? You have choices on when to do just that, and you can read more, below.
But first, did you know that Revolutions does more than just give out free used bikes to kids? In this Christmas Bikes project, we not only clean up and rehab bikes that have been donated to us. We also do an extensive bike safety training. And in December, you will have opportunities to volunteer that don’t involve turning a bicycle wrench.
On December 8, we will run a bike safety workshop with the children at their YMCA site. And then on December 11 and 15, we will host them at Revolutions and First Congregational Church for two Bike Rodeos. They will have a chance to try out the bikes we’ve been working on (fingers crossed that they fit!). And then they will practice safe road riding skills, in our parking lot obstacle course!
There will be more information, in upcoming newsletters, for how you can help with the Bike Safety and Bike Rodeo days. But mark your calendars, now!
And speaking of the calendar…
Today, November 9 will be the last Open Shop until the middle of December. We are also canceling the December I Can Fix That classes. Why?!
Because we still have some work to do on those Christmas Kids Bikes!! I’m not worried that we’ll finish, in time. Not yet, anyway. But in order to prevent a last-minute crunch, we’ll use the following extra dates to work on these great bikes:
Sundays: November 23 and December 7
2:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Mondays: November 10, December 1 and 8
6:30 to 9:00 p.m.
This extra time should be just right for finishing up our work (I hope!!). And, if you’ve wanted to help but couldn’t do Thursday evenings, now you have some other choices! As a reminder, volunteer projects like this are now a privilege of membership with Revolutions. But if your membership has lapsed, you can join when you arrive at the Shop!
November I Can Fix That Class, Still On!
In November, the I Can Fix That classes is on linear pull brakes. Not sure what these are? They look like this:
And you may also know them by one of their alias names. They are a type of Cantilever brakes that are also called Direct-Pull or V-Brakes. November’s class covers how to change the cable and housing, evaluate the brake pads and adjust the brakes. Bring your own bike, if you have linear brakes, or use a Revolutions bike to practice.
If you would like to change out the brake cable and housing on your own bike, there will be a $10 materials fee. You can decide and pay during class.