Category Archives: flat tires

Bike maintenance classes by Tempe Co-op

Only five classes remain!

Last Monday started off the first of six bicycle maintenance classes given by a local bike co-op/educational center. The friendly and knowledgeable Bike Saviours volunteers use hands-on teaching to assist us rookies with common bike maintenance.

I didn’t know what to expect from the first class. Lucky for me, there were a variety of people in attendance. Some people scaled on the intermediate level of bicycle mechanics, while the remainder of the class either knew very little or almost nothing about fixing bikes. I happen to fall into the second category, which made me wonder just what I had signed up for!

My initial nervousness faded after we broke into smaller groups to inspect each bike. We were to determine the bike’s condition and if we thought it could be fixed. Because the bikes and parts are all donations, some are beyond repair. We were asked to share our findings in a very casual manner.
“Anyone that wants to speak, we’d like to hear it.”
One man said the bike in front of him looked like it spent the last 15 years outside, but with a little TLC he thought it’d be a fine ride.

Listening to headset instructions

Last weeks topic was headsets. No I didn’t know what they are at first- but I learned!
My group disassembled the headset, which is the bearing assembly that allows the handle bars to swivel. We took out the bearings and cleaned them thoroughly. Then we reassembled the header. As we worked, Bike Saviour volunteers walked around to make sure we understood what we were doing and gave additional tips. Click here to view the handout on headsets.

Common threaded headset

Bike Saviours, not only offers classes, but the shop is also open to the public a few evenings during the week. Tools are free to use and the co-op sells bike parts for a minimal cost. The best part is having bike experts at your side for assistance! From the selection of donated bicycles you can pick out a bike to fix yourself and the shop volunteers are there to teach you how to fix it along the way.
The remaining maintenance classes will be held on Monday evenings at 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. in the rear workshop of the Sunset Clothing building.
  •         601 E. University, Tempe, AZ 85281 – located near the cross roads of University Drive and Roosevelt Street

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An audio slide show: The ASU Bike Co-op

This slide show opens the doors of ASU’s Bike Co-op while we speak with the director, Mike Marriott. The Bike Co-op service is free to ASU students and faculty members. The Bike Co-op sells any parts that you might need at discounted prices. Payment is accepted by Sun Card only. The Bike Co-op is located on the Tempe campus in the Student Recreation Center building. The hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.