Yesterday I attended a bike repair workshop at a local bike shop. My bicycle is currently in good shape as it had work done on it before Tour De Jasper this summer, but I thought it would be good to learn anyways. It was connected with the 10/10/10 Work Party at 350.org and there were events happening on that day all over the world.
There were 3 sections, changing a flat tire which I already know, cleaning/lubing bicycle, and basic bicycle mechanics.
I hanged out for a while at the lube station outside. I had already cleaned and lubed my chain that morning, so I didn't have to do a full clean there. If I had known, I would have waited till then. I got him to check my chain and it still had too much lube on it so he wiped more off with a rag.
|Bike chain cleaning station|
|We all signed the 350.org sign for climate solutions|
|There was not too bad a turnout.|
I went inside and listened a bit to peoples problems..ie one guy had really worn chain, and other worn parts. Someone had old cracked tires that would eventually need replacing. I watched in the mechanics area as the mechanic showed us how to adjust the front derailleurs. The lady had just bought it in July and the derailleur was out of positing and the chain was rubbing hard on it, which can cause fast wear and tear on it.
I wish I had spent more time in the mechanics side. At first I didn't because my bike currently has no problems, but I could watch as they fixed common bicycle problems that people had. The organizers said that they do this workshop once a year at least, so I could come to the next one and learn more.
After the workshop, we went for a group ride. I eventually departed as was invited to a Thanksgiving dinner at friends.