Bike classes

Thursday, Aug 28: Derailleur Madness!

Shifting becomes semystified in this 2-hour workshop on derailleurs that's open to all skill levels.

Wednesday, Sep. 3: Trailside Maintenance

Learn what to do when your bike breaks down in this interactive workshop.

Wednesday, Sep. 10: Wheels 101

A 2-hour workshop covering the ins and outs of truing, overhauling and triaging used wheels. All skill levels are welcome.

Wednesday, Sep. 17: Shifters and Brakes

Learn how to troubleshoot shifting and brake issues and more.

 

Whether you're a returning student or a new transplant, we're sure glad to have you back! There's something about Boulder that isn't the same without the lively bustle of students.

If you're not from the area, chances are you were attracted to Boulder for the city's active lifestyle, our convenient placement right at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, and, of course, our unique culture.

And one of the most unique aspects of this city's culture is how much biking is supported and fostered by the community. If you've only travelled through the city by car, you may not know that Boulder has more than 300 miles of bikeways. Think about that — that's the difference between Boulder and a wheat field in western Kansas.


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The entire city has been planned to make biking a totally viable option for commuters. You'll find there's a mix of on-street bike lanes, designated bike routes, paved shoulders and multi-use paths.

What's better, with more than 300 days of sunshine, biking isn't something that's just confined to the spring and summer months.

Though we're probably biased at Community Cycles, we think all students should consider biking as a daily means of getting around. You won't have to deal with finding parking on campus or at all the popular spots around town — like University Hill and the Pearl Street Mall — plus you'll save on gas and even get a little daily exercise.

Community Cycles 2805 Wilderness Place, sells affordable bikes and offers a Earn-A-Bike program, which provides an alternative way to becoming the proud owner of a refurbished bicycle that you refurbish yourself.

It's all done under the tutelage of an experienced instructor and takes about six to seven sessions to complete your chosen bike. And best of all, the cost is determined on a sliding scale based upon your income, ranging from $20 to $250.

Community Cycles also offers a series of workshops designed to educate cyclists about their bikes. Coming up, we'll be talking about what do when your bike breaks down on the side of the road, how to replace cables and housings and caring for your wheels.

Sue Prant is the executive director of Community Cycles. Learn more at communitycycles.org.