Cold-weather Riding Workshops 2019

“Too cold?! No, it’s just a matter of the correct packaging!”

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Did you know that no matter how cold it gets you can still enjoy riding?

As a year-round cycling MSU professor of packaging (hat tip Diana Twede) likes to say “It’s just a matter of the correct packaging!”  Your body generates lots of heat while riding and you’re moving faster to your destination. MSU staff also keep the roads and paths very clear throughout the winter for everyone’s safety, although getting to campus is sometimes a little more challenging!

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Some budding winter cyclists getting a bike ready for the cold.

Come to the MSU Bikes Service Center for one or more of three classes to learn more about getting you and your bike ready for winter cycling so you can enjoy it as much as many others do every winter.  If none of these dates work for you then review our winter cycling tips here at your leisure.

If you’re already a cold-weather cycling veteran then PLEASE come with your setup and do some show ‘n tell to help inspire others!  The following workshops are FREE, short and full of good tips you can use this winter to have a better, safer more comfortable time.

Sessions are limited to 6 people attending with their bikes and requires at least 3 attendees, so RSVPs are requested. PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS with your name if you want to be notified of possible changes/ cancellations due to lack of attendance or unforeseen circumstances.

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The Bessey Parking lot (see map for MSU Bikes &  parking Lot 10) near our Center will be available to visitors from 6 pm on, so no fear of getting a ticket!

We close the shop at 5 pm, so you’ll find the Closed sign up when you get here; the door should be unlocked so just come in or knock.

 

All ready for fun cold weather riding!
All ready for fun cold weather riding!

101 Session: (Mon. 12/02/19)

This session will focus on the overall/ general tips on how to prep your clothing and your bike for comfy, enjoyable and safe riding.

102 Session: (Tues. 12/03/19)

This session will mostly be a repeat of the 101 class for those who couldn’t attend it and then if time allows we’ll dig into more depth and other finer considerations of cold-weather riding.

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103 Session: (Thurs. 12/05/19)

This session will be a DIY studded tire and other DIY ways to modify your bike for added safety and comfort. Materials are NOT included and we’ll NOT have enough time to actually make your own studded tires but instead you’ll see a demonstration of how they’re made.

 

 

Any questions about the class? Call Tim Potter, instructor: (517) 432-3414 or email here.

1-on-1 Bike Commuter Service

  A previous bike commuter class was really well received with the participants who came in with a number of concerns related to commuting to campus and home by bike, most of which were quickly resolved after some brief discussion. We moved on to specific route concerns between their neighborhood and campus and we were […]

 

A previous bike commuter class was really well received with the participants who came in with a number of concerns related to commuting to campus and home by bike, most of which were quickly resolved after some brief discussion.

We moved on to specific route concerns between their neighborhood and campus and we were able to offer some small changes to their routes to find lower-stress solutions.

We’ve decided to offer this as a new complimentary service of MSU Bikes.  You can either call the Center (517-432-3414) to schedule a time to sit down with Tim to review your concerns and routes or if a personal visit isn’t convenient for you email him and he’ll answer as best as possible via email or you can schedule a session.

For those of you just too busy to take advantage of this personalized service we’ve assembled this page summarizing all of the bike commuter benefits we can think of.  You can also stop by for a free hard-copy of the TCBA Crosstown Map booklet which is a great way to learn about most of the nicer, safer ways to get around the county.

IMG_2417-croppedA word about your concierge: 
Tim has been riding around the Greater Lansing area for transportation for more years than he cares to remember, and he’s happy to share his street knowledge with anyone.

Welcome to our New Head Mechanic

Introducing our new head mechanic, Aubrey Hoermann, to the MSU bicycling community.

Aubrey with some of our refurbs outside the Center.

I’d like to introduce our new head mechanic, Aubrey Hoermann, to the campus bicycling community.

He joins our team after many years of working on and with bikes. He worked as a bike messenger in Detroit and San Francisco and later owned his own bike shop (Refried Cycles) in San Francisco’s Castro neighborhood for 5 years, which developed a dedicated and devoted following. He specialized in refurbishing and updating higher-quality older bikes for commuters and daily riders, which attracted him to this core service of MSU Bikes.

This self-introduction sums up his passion for bikes:

“I love steel frames & forks, chubby tires, handlebars (at least) as high as the saddle, and enough gears (not too many, and not too high). I love helping people get on the right bike, or turn theirs into the right one. I figure that 85% of people need an ’80-’90s steel mountain bike (no suspension!) with upright handlebars for 95% of their riding. And, hey, put a basket on it! Read Grant Petersen!”