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Bike Mechanics 101: Learn to Fix Your Bike in Free 5BBC Classes

Eric Brooks | Published on 6/3/2024

This summer, the Club is inviting members and leaders to attend four classes in which you will learn how to fix your bikes. We’re calling these “Bike Mechanics 101” and the classes will be held in June and July.


We are inviting you to join us in these classes to kick-in or improve upon your skill sets. We hope you will be able to use your new knowledge to be a part of our mechanic volunteer group for Summer Streets in late July and August. But even if you can’t help at Summer Streets, you will be better able to support yourself should you have a flat or mechanical, whether on a Club ride, riding around the city on your own, or on long distance rides.


These Bike Mechanic 101 classes will be taught by instructor Steve Bauman. Steve is by far one of the best mechanics we know. This is a unique opportunity to learn bike repair and tune-up from him.


The first class will cover flats, and will be held this coming Sunday, June 9, starting at 9:30 a.m. on the Hudson River Greenway at 145th St., just north of Riverbank State Park.


To register for the flats class, click here: (Or click on the calendar, and click the “Bike Mechanic 101; Flats” link.)


The other classes will be held as follows:


Brakes                         Sunday, June 30

Derailleurs                  Sunday, July 14

Bearings                      Sunday, July 21


The Brakes, Derailleurs, and Bearings classes will take place at the Five Boroughs Brewing Company in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Classes will start around 11:30 a.m. We will try to schedule short rides from Grand Army Plaza to the class site. Links will be posted on the calendar shortly.

(If you're not familiar, Summer Streets is an annual multi-day car-free celebration that takes place in August. In Manhattan, it takes place the first three Saturdays in August between Brooklyn Bridge and Harlem (125th Street). Nearly seven miles of NYC streets, including Park Avenue and neighboring streets, are accessible for people to play, run, stroll, and ride bicycles. Along the path, there are free public art exhibits, performances, and events. The 5BBC has a long-standing relationship with this event, where we repair bikes for free and invite attendees to learn about the club.)