In Person Classes#
In this comprehensive new, in-person class, we will cover all things e-bike, including the different types of e-bikes and their parts, where you can ride where you can't, how to fix a flat, and the benefits of riding an e-bike. You'll also get some information about our new Bike Share fleet of e-bikes!
Next Class August 12 from 5:30 to 6:45 pm at 222 Laporte Ave.
Bike Maintenance 2#
This class will be in-person, located at Washington Park. This is dependent on the weather and Covid restrictions. Students are encouraged to bring their own bicycle, but it is not required. The instructor will be reaching out prior to the class with details.
In this second part intro to bicycle mechanics class we will focus on taking maintenance up a notch. Everything covered can easily be done at home to keep your bike happy. If this is your first time trying out at home maintenance on a bicycle, we recommend you take the Maintenance 1 class first. There we cover foundational topics like fix a flat. We will cover the following topics as time allows:
- Cables and housing- a basic overview
- Barrel adjusters- use to improve performance for braking and shifting
- What's that sound?- a basic diagnosis of problems
Students should come to class already knowing what kind of brakes they have. This might require some research, but don't be afraid to jump in to the next level!
Students that complete the class will receive free tire levers or patch kit.
Next class August 17 from 5:30 to 7:00 pm
Bike Maintenance 1#
This class will be in-person, located at Washington Park (weather dependent). Students are encouraged to bring their own bicycle, but it is not required. The instructor will be reaching out prior to the class with details.
In this intro to bicycle mechanics class we will focus on maintenance that can easily be done at home to keep your bike happy. We will cover the following topics:
- Basic Bike Anatomy- review and learn all the basic parts of a bicycle.
- Standard tools for at home repairs- we've come up with a top 10 list of tools needed to work on your bike at home.
- Fix a flat- this is the #1 at home repair. Learn how to fix a flat for your bike, either tubed or tubeless, or offer tips for your fellow students if you have a tried and true method.
- Drivetrain maintenance - cleaning your bike, lubrication, chain wear.
Students that complete the class will receive a free pair of tire levers and a patch kit!
Next Class August 24 from 5:30 to 7:00 pm
Smart Cycling - Road Rules#
Learn how to ride safely and legally in traffic or on trails. Discuss rules of the road related to cycling, how to conduct bicycle safety checks, bike fit and types, how to fit and wear a helmet and more! Note: this is a comprehensive, 3.5 hour, lecture style class. Bikes not required.
Class held in-person at CSU Campus
Next class September 20 from 5 to 8:30 pm
Smart Cycling - Road Skills#
Smart Cycling is a course for moderately experienced, returning and seasoned cyclists alike that will give you the confidence to ride safely and legally in traffic or on the trail. You will learn how to conduct bicycle safety checks, on-bike handling skills and crash avoidance techniques. The class consists of approximately 6 hours of bike handling skills practice and a ride on city streets and trials. We recommended this class for adults and youth above age 14 (ages 12-14 can be accepted upon instructor approval). Participants should be prepared to ride their bicycle as there is a riding portion to this class. A helmet and bicycle in good working condition are required. A water bottle is recommended.
Class held at the Walk and Wheel Skills Hub at Drake and Dunbar
Next class September 25 from 8 am to noon
Bike Maintenance Resources#
Is your bicycle not running as smoothly as you's like? Don't let that stop you from riding. You can perform basic bike maintenance at home. Here are some online resources to help you get your bike up and running:
- REI - Chain and Drive Train Maintenance
- Park Tool - How to Fix a Flat Tire on a Bicycle
- Park Tool - How to Patch an Inner Tube
- Park Tool - How to Remove and Install a Wheel on a Bicycle
- Park Tool - How to Remove and Install a Bicycle Tire & Tube
Bike shops are an essential service, so if you need professional help to get your bicycle up and running, reach out to your local bike shop.
Bike Buddy Program
Need help learning the ins and outs of bicycle commuting? Whatever your situation,
a Bike Buddy can help get you bicycling to work, school or wherever you’re heading.
Back on the Bike Tips
Has it been awhile since you've ridden your bike? Looking for tips to help you get back in the saddle? The League of American Bicyclists has a great resource page to help you get rolling.
Safe Riding and Driving Tips
- Safe and lawful riding
- Driving tips: sharing the road with bicyclists
- Traffic law highlights
Safe Routes to School Online Learning Resources
The Safe Routes to School Program has a resource page to support at-home learning by local Fort Collins students. The resources are designed for use by elementary, middle-school, and high-school students.
2019 Bike Map
- See the City's low stress bicycle network
- Great for route planning
- Learn valuable safety tips
Tips from the League of American Bicyclists
- Helmet fit
- ABC Quick Check
- Trail etiquette
- Bike comfort
CDOT's Colorado Bicycling Manual
- Colorado bicycling laws
- Safety tips
- Bicycling FAQs