Archive for May, 2009

Bike Saviours is starting advanced bike maintenance classes on Monday June 1st. Classes will be every Monday night from 7-9pm. There will be eight classes, each covering a different area of the bike.

This class is for people who want to volunteer in our shop or just want to learn what it takes to maintain their own bike. We require that all volunteers attend this class before they can help people in the shop, but taking it does not mean that you must volunteer. However, volunteering is the best way to gain experience and exposure to different bikes and different ways things are implemented.

The goal is to teach how to teach. We want to show the why behind each system rather than simply giving a step-by-step procedure that may be forgotten. There are many ways to adjust or maintain a bike, and there are lots of good shortcuts that experienced mechanics use. However, for this class the methods are designed so that someone with little experience can get the adjustment done properly without relying on experience they may not have. For example, we want to show that all open bearings have the same essential parts and that they are adjusted the same regardless of function.

The class is divided up into seven sections with an optional eighth section. These sections are:

1. Choosing a bike
2. Headsets
3. Bottom Brackets
4. Hub Bearings and Gears
5. Brakes and Cables
6. Derailleurs
7. Wheel Truing
8. Extra Topics, Review, Style Guide, and Wrap-up

To sign up or for more info contact me at: ryanguzy@gmail.com

Please pass this on to anyone else you know who may be interested.

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rideofsilence1For those not familiar with the Ride of Silence, it is a global ride that takes place at 7:00pm (local time) on May 20th to honor bicyclists injured or killed while riding. Eric Hirning, a local cyclist, coordinated the first ride in Mesa/Tempe last year, there were about 75 riders. Eric is again coordinating the ride and has even secured a motorcycle escort which will be provided by volunteers from Phoenix Metro Traffic.

TBAG board members will be participating in the ride and also coordinating a ride from Tempe Beach Park to the start point (Alma School & Guadalupe, NW corner, Dairy Queen parking lot). It’s just under 10 miles so the plan is to leave TBP at 6pm sharp. The route for the Ride of Silence is simple. Head westbound on Guadalupe turning around at the entrance to Kiwanis Park and making our way back to the starting location. Riders are encouraged to wear black arm bands unless they’ve been injured in a car/bicycle collision and should then wear red. The speed is kept at 12mph and the ride is silent (no communication unless necessary for safety reasons).

If you plan on riding from Tempe Beach Park please be at the park entrance at Mill/Rio Salado by 6pm, otherwise meet at Alma School & Guadalupe in the Dairy Queen parking lot by 7pm.

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Some of you may be aware, that here in the valley we have our Bike Month in April due to the heat. The fact remains however, that May is National Bike Month. This week, May 11 – 15th, is also National Bike to Work Week. As the temperatures continue to rise, we’re happy to share with you a document put together by one of our board members with Tips for biking in the Heat. If you have tips to share, please share them in the Summer Cycling forum!

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thirdfridaysThis month, TBAG Third Fridays is going on a Bike-In! Join TBAG and riders of all types on Friday, May 15th on a Ride to the Scottsdale 6 Drive-In. Grab a boombox, stuff a blanket and a flashlight into your backpack, and cruise on down with us to the Scottsdale 6! TBAG invites all bike & movie lovers to join us on Friday, May 15th at 6:00 p.m. Tempe Beach Park entrance on the northeast corner of Mill Avenue & Rio Salado.

The ride will depart promptly at 6:30 p.m. for a short 3 mile ride along Tempe Town Lake & Indian Bend Wash to the Scottsdale 6 theater at McKellips & Hayden in south Scottsdale. The ride is absolutely free, you pay only for your own food & entry costs.

What to bring:

  • CASH. Six bucks each. There’s no ATM on site, so grab some money before leaving. There is a convenience store close by at McKellips & Hayden.
  • Blanket, Camp chair (with a strap to carry it), pillows, or sleeping bags.
  • FM Radio with plenty of batteries.
  • Tire repair/ pump – it’s a dirt lot, so take care.
  • Sandals? At your own risk!
  • Battery-powered lanterns… to mark out our territory and make our group more visible to vehicular traffic.
  • Flashlights.
  • More info:

  • TBAG Third Fridays is a quarterly social ride held, of course, on the third Friday of the month. These twilight Rides include Movie nights, Handlebar Happy Hours, Scavenger Hunts, Holiday themed cruises, costumed Rides, and more.
  • Lights – Tempe law requires a front reflector and rear light when riding after dark. If you need a blinkie, Tempe Bicycle Action Group may hook you up for a nominal donation.
  • RSVP? No need to call ahead unless otherwise indicated. Just show up at the start. Feel free to call or email the ride leader for more information 480-577-8427.
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