- Max Trip Size: 8 people
- This is a reschedule of the June 25th event, cancelled because of (supposed) rain. Note to June 25th registrants–no need to contact me if you have already indicated you’re coming on 7/9.
I will be soon be posting for a similar event on July 30th in a west Metro location.
Would you like to be capable of making basic repairs or adjustments to your bicycle (or be aware of when to have it serviced at a bike shop)? Understand how to tweak your position on the bike to feel more comfortable? Learn how to confidently tackle up- and downhills?
Then come to this hands-on session on Saturday, July 9 to learn and practice. We’ll then cycle approximately half of the Brown’s Creek State Trail and the full St. Croix River Crossing Trail in the Stillwater area (for an approximate total of 15 miles), getting to practice new skills while descending an 8% grade into Stillwater. There are multiple options for food in town if the group desires to stop.
Route overview: Beginning and ending at Brown’s Creek Park (McKusick Rd. & Neal Ave.) on the Brown’s Creek State Trail
Here’s what will be covered:
Wheel & tire removal and inner tube repair
-Practicing wheel and tire removal; adequate securing of wheel in frame
-Preparing & applying an inner tube patch. (I will bring glue, patches and old tubes so you don’t have to puncture your own!)
-Wiggle test for play
Choosing tire pressure
-High vs. low(er) pressure
Brake pad adjustment
-What is safe & proper adjustment?
-How to compensate for brake pad wear
Gear shifting adjustments
-How you can restore crisp shifting
Handlebar & seat adjustments
-Plus component choices if the adjustments don’t help
Hill climbing & descending
-Strategies & skills for the ups and downs
Where: Brown’s Creek Park on the Brown’s Creek State Trail (also labeled Coldwater Stop by the DNR). 8312 Neal Ave. N., Stillwater, MN 55082. Bathrooms here, and water. There is a public bike repair stand that we can utilize.
To bring (if you have them): tire levers, patch kit, bike multi-tool with hex wrenches. Otherwise, I will have some to share.