The goal of this workshop is to demystify the bicycle. Participants will learn basic bike anatomy and vocabulary, how to care for your bike, how to diagnose common issues, and how to fix a flat tire. We’ll recommend tools for maintenance and on-the-road fixes and attendees will go home with a free bottle of lube, a patch kit, and a pair or tire levers.
The workshop is two hours long. Please wear closed toe shoes and clothes that can get a little dirty. Participants are invited to bring their bike but there are bikes available to work on if transporting your own bike is difficult.
Each participant will leave with $10 worth of Spoke Bucks to spend on tools at Old Spokes Home. If 10 or more people show up, one lucky attendee will go home with a $50 Old Spokes Home gift card. This workshop and the materials provided are made possible with support from our friends at Local Motion.
The corridors and machines connecting us through time and space
Brennan Gauthier and Kyle Obenauer (VTrans State Archaeologist and Historic Preservation Specialist) take us on a tour of Burlington's transportation heritage via railroad, streetcar, and even horse-powered paddleboat. Luis Vivanco (Professor of Anthropology, UVM) explains Burlington's long love of bicycling, and turns our attention to modern transportation planning.
This event is the final program in Burlington Geographic's 6-part fall series connecting Burlington residents with the natural and cultural history of our shared city. For more information, see uvm.edu/burlgeo
Want to commute year round on your bike, but have some questions? We will go over the ins and outs of staying safe, warm and comfortable year-round. We will have an informal discussion about proper winter riding attire, techniques, different ways to configure a winter bike, and other helpful tips for commuting though the cold season.
Workshop attendees will get an exclusive discount on studded tires! We have a stock of carbide studded tires in; 26”, 29",700c and "Fat" varieties available for purchase at the workshop and installation is free with purchase. There will also be FREE PIZZA and each attendee will get $10 worth of Spoke Bucks to spend on tools at Old Spokes Home. This workshop is possible thanks to support from our friends at Local Motion.
This is the class to take if you want to get rid of that annoying rubbing sound. We'll overview various braking systems while explaining the basic principals that govern them all. Attendees will learn how to adjust and maintain their specific brakes, so bring your bike!
Each attendee will get $10 worth of Spoke Bucks to spend on tools at Old Spokes Home. If 10 or more people show up, one lucky attendee will go home with a $50 Old Spokes Home gift card. This workshop and the materials provided are made possible with support from our friends at Local Motion.
The next presentation for the Great Streets Initiative will be held on Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 7:00 PM in Contois Auditorium at City Hall.
The Great Streets Initiative is a culmination of many years of planning and project development with the citizens of Burlington, including the 2015 public vote to use the City’s downtown TIF district to make new investments in downtown public infrastructure. The initiative will create standards for the design of downtown streets, develop a Main Street concept plan, reconstruct Main Street (between Church and Pine), and redesign City Hall Park.
The November presentation will highlight the Main Street corridor and City Hall Park. The Main Street concept plans will be focused on improvements to the public right-of-way, including sidewalks, street trees, stormwater, lighting, and bike facilities. The design work for City Hall Park will advance concept plans that emerged from the 2012 Imagine City Hall Park process.
For more information, please contact Diane Meyerhoff at 865-1794 or check the project website at www.greatstreetsbtv.com.
Bicycle Mechanics 101 is a thorough introduction to bicycle mechanics. Students will receive instruction on the systems and parts of the bicycle and will practice common repairs on our designated class bikes. This class is made up of seven consecutive 2-hour classes on Thursday from 6:30pm to 8:30 pm. Classes begin Thursday, November 17th.
Each 2-hour class will focus on a different topic:
● Bicycle anatomy & maintenance
● Hubs and Headsets
● Bottom Brackets
● Cables and Housing
Classes are held at our social service and educational bike shop Bike Recycle Vermont (bikerecyclevermont.org). Classes are taught by professional mechanics from Old Spokes Home (oldspokeshome.com), our full-service retail shop.
While students work on designated class bikes that we provide, they are encouraged to bring their personal bikes and ask specific questions about how to apply their skills and knowledge to their own bikes. Tuition fees support Old Spokes Home & Bike Recycle Vermont's mission to create access to bikes are the opportunities they provide for our whole community.
Students are encouraged to practice and apply their skills by volunteering with us! Volunteers help us repair and refurbish bikes for our Get A Bike program which makes bikes affordable and accessible to low-income Vermonters in need of transportation. Visit our volunteer page to learn more about current opportunities (http://bikerecyclevermont.org/volunteer).
On Saturday, November 19th the Energy Independent Vermont campaign is bringing together our friends, supporters, activists and allies from all over the state for a day-long Climate Solutions Summit in Burlington.
This event will serve as the kickoff for the next major stage in this campaign -- our push to convince our newly elected leaders in the Vermont State House move forward on the most effective policy tool we have to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create a clean, sustainable, local economy -- a price on carbon pollution.
We'll be bringing in a number of fantastic speakers from across Vermont and possibly beyond -- to give our campaign the tools and motivation we need to take things to the next level.
There will be a variety of workshops, brainstorming sessions and networking opportunities. So whether you're new to the campaign or a veteran who's looking to connect with other supporters and share your own ideas, this should be a great event.
And it's completely free! All you have to do to reserve a spot is register online.
We'll also be helping to organize carpools, so even if you're coming from far away - we'll figure out how to get you to Burlington and do it as efficiently as possible.
We love gears. Arguably the most mysterious aspect of a bicycle's mechanics, shifting is a source of stress for many people who ride bikes. We'll introduce you to different shifting systems commonly found on bikes. We'll explain how they work and how to make basic adjustments. Attendees are invited to bring their bike so they can learn how to work on their particular shifters and derailleurs.
Each attendee will receive $10 worth of Spoke Bucks to spend on tools at Old Spokes Home. If 10 or more people show up, one lucky attendee will go home with a $50 Old Spokes Home gift card. This workshop and the materials provided are made possible with support from our friends at Local Motion.