MSU Bikes’ Quick Tips Clinics

Cabin fever?  Eager to ride your bike this spring?

Learn to get your bike ready yourself and the ins-outs of bike commuting with a little help from MSU Bikes’ staff and other area cyclists!

Tim showing some students how to do road-side emergency repairs

Come to the MSU Bikes Service Center and learn some quick tips for getting your bike ready to ride and simple repairs that require very few tools or special skills. Each 1-hr. session will cover a different set of topics: changing flats, proper lubing/ oiling, proper fit, adjusting your brakes/ shifters, tool-free adjustments of your brakes/ shifters while riding, and emergency wheel repair.  New in 2017 we’ll have classes oriented to bike commuting (see below for agenda).  Your instructor will be Tim Potter, MSU Bikes’ Sustainable Transportation Manager and other participants!

These 1-hr. workshops are priced at a very affordable $10 per session and limited to 10 people per session.  (Yes, they used to be free but we had too many no-shows, so now we’re charging a small fee for them)  You can bring your bike with you if you’d like to practice on your own bike or have it looked at.


Sign-up & pay online here via the MSU Surplus Store website.


All classes will be held at the MSU Bikes Service Center and start at 6:00 pm (see this map for our location & visitor parking on campus (check box for visitor parking – nearby lots are faculty/staff permits only til 6 pm – so be careful).  Our door will be closed/ locked since the shop closes at 5:00 pm; just knock and we’ll let you in!

Session Details:

101: – Mon., Mar. 13, 2017, 6 – 7 pm:  Proper lubing, changing flats, emergency road repair tips (what to pack in your on-bike tool kit)

102: – Wed., Mar. 15, 6 – 7 pm: Proper lubing, tool-free adjustments of your brakes/ shifters while riding

103:  – Mon., Mar. 20, 6 – 7 pm:   Tool-free adjustments of your brakes/ shifters while riding, proper fit, emergency wheel repairs

104: – Wed., Mar. 22, 6 – 7 pm:  Bike commuting basics – just thinking about riding to work for errands, etc and want to know more before jumping into it?  This class is for you.

105: – Mon., Mar. 27, 6 – 7 pm: Bike commuting intermediate – riding tips, proper fit and gear advice, show ‘n tell time.

106: – Wed., Mar. 29, 6 – 7 pmBike commuting advanced – share & learn more from other bike commuters who’ve been at it for a while including your instructor.


Tim showing some young riders how to change a tubeSign-up & pay online here via the MSU Surplus Store website.


If we don’t get at least 3 people per session they’ll be cancelled.  PLEASE be sure to provide your email address when registering so we can let you know if it’s cancelled, rescheduled or other last minute things that might arise.  Your registration fee will be refunded in the event of a cancellation.


Author: Tim Potter

Sustainable Transportation Manager, MSU Bikes Service Center; member of the All University Traffic & Transportation Committee (; founding member of MSU Bike Advisory Committee (; advocate for local & regional non-motorized transportation issues thru the Tri-Co. Bike Assn. Advocacy Committee (; board member of the Ride of Silence (; year-round bicyclist of all sorts; photographer; soccer player; father of 3; married 30 yrs. to Hiromi, Japanese national (daughter of former Natl. Keirin Champion, Seiichi Nishiji); Christ follower.

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