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During the last two weeks of January 2019, RBP Mechanic Educator Dave Barto attended a comprehensive, two-week professional level bicycle mechanic class at United Bicycle Institute (UBI) in Ashland, Oregon. We asked him to share about the experience and what he took from it. Dave begins, “Although I have worked as a bike mechanic since 2009, I believed I would benefit from formal classroom training. I have been wanting to attend this class for the past 10 years.”

The class structure was short lectures and a large amount of time for hands-on learning of all systems, on different types of bicycles. The class was limited to 15 students. Three different instructors alternated through lecture topics, and during hands-on portions, all three were available to answer questions, provide guidance and evaluate progress. The class met Monday through Friday for eight-hour classroom instruction periods. Students also had an opportunity to attend four, two-hour evening sessions to work on class exercises or personal bike projects.

Students in the class ranged in age from 18 to 65. Most either currently work as mechanics or want to open their own shops. A few students were not currently employed as mechanics but were taking the class to develop skills to perform professional-level service on their own bicycles. One other mechanic was employed in a community bicycle shop.

At the end of the classroom training all students had the opportunity to take a written exam to receive certification as a “Bicycle Technician.” I was one of 12 students in my class to pass the exam and receive this certification.

During the class, I learned new techniques in wheel building, hydraulic brake systems, bicycle fit, and suspension service and setup. This class was my first opportunity to fully service a bicycle suspension system. One of the most important things I learned is that each manufacturer provides a large amount of technical information specific to their equipment. This information is available and should be reviewed as necessary before repairs and final adjustments are completed.

The new techniques and repair methods I learned at this class will help me become more efficient with my time on each repair. I would encourage my co-workers to consider attending this training.

Thanks for the yarn, Dave! In fact, we do have one other staff member currently attending the same courses in Portland on a QBP Women’s Bike Mechanic Scholarship. We are looking forward to hearing from Bridget about her experience, next.

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Holiday Break Sunday, December 23rd, 2018

RBP is closed from 12/23/18 thru 1/1/19. We’ll see you back on Grove St. on 1/2, and our new, second shop at 635 E 4th St. opens to the public on 1/4. Happy & fulfilling holidays to all!

Share Your Experience With Us Thursday, December 6th, 2018

We want to know how having access to RBP’s services & space have impacted you! You can help us better understand our impact on our community by completing a short survey about your experiences here.

This is part of a research project exploring the impact of community bike shops in the lives of patrons. Your input can help us improve our services and programs, as well as the atmosphere of the shop. All responses to this survey will be kept confidential and there is no obligation to participate. If you would like to participate, please click here to access the survey.

Read December’s Newsletter Friday, November 30th, 2018

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Closed November 3-5 Friday, November 2nd, 2018

Y’all, we will be closed tomorrow, Sunday, & Monday. Tomorrow we goin’ CAMPING on our annual staff retreat. From now on till spring, we’re closed on Sundays & Mondays. See ya Tuesday!

Open Call for Mechanic-In-Training Candidates! Thursday, October 18th, 2018

We are accepting applications for our 15-week paid FutureCycle training program! We are recruiting four youth, 16-24 who think bikes can change lives, are interested in teaching, aren’t afraid to get dirty, aren’t afraid of a challenge, communicate well, and are curious and excited to learn. Details and how to apply here.

Freewheels for Kids! Come for a volunteer wrenching party Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018

Reno Bike Project’s Freewheels for Kids outreach program provides free bikes to kids in need every holiday season. Children’s bikes, donated by community members, are repaired and tuned up by RBP volunteers. Those bikes are then donated to community organizations who distribute the bikes to families in extreme need, many of whom will currently be living in shelters or in temporary housing.

In 2017, Freewheels for Kids volunteers refurbished 132 bikes, which were donated to deserving kids served by The Children’s Cabinet, UNR’s Early Head Start Program, Anderson Elementary, Pine Middle School, Kiwanis Bike Program, Reno Housing Authority, and St. Francis of Assisi Food Pantry.

We’re collecting kids bikes for Freewheels 2018 now! If your family has outgrown or out-of-use bikes, you can donate them to Reno Bike Project and we’ll recycle them into a new home. Cash donations are also appreciated, as we will be replacing parts on some bikes to they’re not only ready to ride, but totally appealing to their new owners, too.

Labor Day Hours Wednesday, August 29th, 2018

On Sunday, 9/2 and Monday, 9/3, our Grove St. shop will be closed to observe the holiday.

However, our 4th St. shop will be open both days from 8a-6p, specifically to accept bicycle donations. Please bring all donations to 635 E 4th.

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