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Bike Rebuild Workshop

Build (or rebuild) your Dream Bike

Our new Bike Rebuild Workshop starting on August 6th is a great way to learn bicycle maintenance by dismantling and rebuilding a bicycle for restoration. Students will be guided through purchasing appropriate parts and have the opportunity to powder coat through a local company, for an additional cost. Registration for this course is limited to 5 students.

Cookie_Kitchen_600Some parts* will be included in the registration fee ($200). This class is taught at the Bike Kitchen in SLO by Bike SLO County and certified League instructors using the curriculum from the League of American Bicyclists.

Day One: Thursday, August 6th 9am-12pm

  • learn the parts of the bike
  • dismantle a bike, a personal** bike or a bike kitchen bike
  • removal of wheels, tires and tubes
  • prepare the bike for powdercoating
  • create a parts list
  • if painting, choose color sample, bikes sent to coaters

Day Two: Thursday, August 13th 9am-12pm

  • Review of basic bicycle components
  • Clean and prep parts for reassemble
  • Review and confirm parts and parts list

Day Three: Thursday, August 20th 9am-12pm

  • Assemble your bike!

All Bike Rebuild Workshop participants will receive a free visit to the bike kitchen during August.

Ready to sign up? You can do that right here: Bike Rebuild Workshop Registration

Course agenda subject to change.

* Parts included: cables, black housing, loose ball bearings, grease, lube, miscellaneous small parts.

**Personal bikes must be cleared by Tyler Jamieson at least one week prior to class. Call 805-547-2055 to schedule bike check.

Bike of The Week: Rockhopper

This week’s bike is the Rockhopper, a great entry-level mountain bike that also works great as a commuter/city bike with grip shifters allowing you to switch smoothly between 21 gears.

Perfect for someone about 5′ tall, this bike has seen very little use and is available now for only $200 in The Bike Kitchen.

BOTW_Rockhopper_450The Bike Kitchen is a program of The SLO County Bicycle Coalition. We have all the parts, tools and knowledge you need to fix your bicycle! We can help you build a bike from the ground up, fix that junker you found at a garage sale, or simply tune up your bicycle. We serve all types of people, and are committed to creating a safe space for everyone. We have provided guided instruction to over 8,000 people since opening our doors in 2010.

Bike of The Week not your cup of tea? Still looking to buy a gently used, ready to ride bicycle? We sell all kinds of bicycles! Come in and see us!

Have a bike you’d like to donate? Your generous gifts help the Bike Kitchen thrive and give even more people the chance to experience SLO County by bike. Thank you!

Like Bikes?

Become a member of The Bike Coalition – it’s free to sign-up and we’ll keep you informed every month about bike events and issues in SLO County. Click this link to join: I Like Bikes!

 

 

Bikes & Beauty

Bikes and Beauty 2015 Recap

This year’s Bikes & Beauty Fashion Show Party was a blast! This year was bigger than ever and it was a joy to see so many bike-minded folks come out to celebrate. BikesBeauty2015WPWe got lots of fun photos from Barry Lewis and you can see them all over on flickr:

Bike Fashion Show Photos

(We’ll post a link to the photo-booth photos next week!)

We’re so excited by how amazing this year’s show was that we’re already opening up our interest form for next year. Want to participate in next year’s show – as a designer, model or volunteer? Sign up here and we’ll keep in the loop: Bikes & Beauty 2016 Interest Form.

The Bikes & Beauty party wouldn’t be possible without the support of the bike community and our generous Bikes & Beauty sponsors:

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Finally, a huge hug to the fine folks at iFixit for opening up their fantastic space to the community. Thank you!

Like Bikes?

Become a member of The Bike Coalition – it’s free to sign-up and we’ll keep you informed every month about bike events and issues in SLO County. Click this link to join: I Like Bikes!

Meet the Winemaker

A Delicious Benefit for the Bike Coalition

The Central Coast is truly special in so many ways. We have great places to bicycle, an abundance of mouthwatering local wines and a fantastic variety of world-class cuisine using locally produced fruits, vegetables, meats and seafood.

However, whether you commute to work, take long distance road rides or bunny hop the trails on your mountain bike, you know that there is still a long way to go to connect our towns, to improve our roads and trails countywide, and to transform SLO County into a more bike friendly place in general.

Formed 14 years ago in 2001, the Bicycle Coalition is always looking for ways to make SLO County an even better place to bike. During Bike Month we’re joining forces with two local bike-friendly businesses, Peloton Cellars and Windows on the Water, to do just that.


Why? Because both of these locally owned businesses actively support our mission to improve the quality of life in SLO County through bicycle advocacy, education and inspiration. Aside from their year-round support for bikes, both of these businesses are taking the opportunity of May’s Meet The Winemaker evening to spread the word about the SLO County Bicycle Coalition.

We invite you to join The Bike Coalition on May 8th from 5 – 7 PM at Windows on The Water in Morro Bay for one of their dependably delicious Meet the Winemaker evenings. Bill and Trish Kesselring of Peloton Cellars will pour their award-winning wines accompanied by a special pairing of Windows on The Water appetizers. Peloton Cellars will also donate 10% of sales from their Triple Ring Pinor Noir during the entire month of May to the Bike Coalition.

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SLO County Bicycle Coalition Meet the Winemaker Benefit

WHEN: May 8th, 2015 5PM to Undecided…
WHERE: Windows on The Water
699 Embarcadero, Upstairs, Suite 7
Morro Bay, CA 93442

COST: No charge for wine tasting. Appetizers are available for purchase. Reservations are recommended should you decide to stay for dinner. (Yum!)

Ready to Bike Atascadero?

Do you want to ride your bicycle more in Atascadero? With your kids to the park? For a quick trip to the store? To a coffee shop with friends? You may want to, but does riding your bike in traffic make you nervous?

Road Skills 101: Bike Atascadero AtascaderoBikeCoupleis the course for you! This free class is for adults of all levels who want to improve their bike skills and learn how to ride safely and confidently with traffic. Workshops are taught by Atascadero-local certified instructors and include both in-classroom and on-the-road portions.

This class meets on Saturday, April 11th from 8 am – Noon at K-Man Cycle And Run, located at 9530 El Camino Real, Atascadero, 93422.

Want to attend? Space is limited so please sign up here: https://slobikelane.wufoo.com/forms/road-skills-101-bike-atascadero/

Sekai 500 14-Speed

This week’s Bike of The Week is a beautiful red 14-speed Sekai 500. Set up with flat handle bars for upright riding, this vintage roadster comes with big, comfy tires Sekai 500and a 62 cm (24.4″) frame with a 89 cm (35″) standover. This bike is best suited to folks 6′ tall or taller.

This bike is available now for $175.00 in The Bike Kitchen.

We’re open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from Noon to 5 PM and are located at 860 Pacific St in San Luis Obispo (corner of Morro and Pacific streets). Come in and see us!
The Bike Kitchen is a program of The SLO County Bicycle Coalition. We have all the parts, tools and knowledge you need to fix your bicycle! We can help you build a bike from the ground up, fix that junker you found at a garage sale, or simply tune up your bicycle. Looking to buy a gently used, ready to ride bicycle? We sell them! We serve all types of people, and are committed to creating a safe space for everyone. We have provided guided instruction to over 8,000 people since opening our doors in 2010.

SLO County Bike Trails

Tuesday February 24th is a busy day for bikes in SLO County. The Board of Supervisors will meet to consider approving the final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for a 4.5-mile extension of the Bob Jones Trail from the historic Octagon Barn, then SLOCOG hosts the first community meeting on the Edna Price Canyon Multi-Use Anza Trail later that evening. Details about both events follow below.

Bob Jones Trail

octagonbarn440The SLO County Board of Supervisors is considering a big step toward extending the Bob Jones Trail on Tuesday, Feb. 24: certifying the Final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for a 4.5-mile extension of the trail from the historic Octagon Barn on Higuera Street to the trail’s staging area on Ontario Road. The board is also considering approving the trail’s alignment, which includes undercrossings of San Luis Bay Drive and Highway 101.

What can you do?

1. Attend the hearing, which is scheduled at 1:30 p.m. – the first item after the Board of Supervisors’ lunch break. It will be in the County Government Center, 1055 Monterey St., SLO. Bring a bicycle helmet to identify yourself as a bicyclist. We’ll also be distributing “I <3 Bob Jones Trail” placards that people can hold to show support. People are welcome to speak in support of the trail, but we’re more interested in having a good turnout. 2. If you haven’t taken the brief survey about the Bob Jones Trail at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DMXCMMM, please do so. We will compile the data and present it to the Board of Supervisors. We want as many trail users to take the online questionnaire as possible. 3. Send an e-mail to your county supervisor or the entire board asking them to certify the Final EIR and approve the trail alignment. Supervisors and their e-mails are:

District 1: Frank Mecham – fmecham@co.slo.ca.us

District 2: Bruce Gibson – bgibson@co.slo.ca.us

District 3: Adam Hill – ahill@co.slo.ca.us

District 4: Lynn Compton – lcompton@co.slo.ca.us

District 5: Debbie Arnold – darnold@co.slo.ca.us

Edna Price Canyon Multi-Use Anza Trail

The Edna Price Canyon Anza Trail Project Workshop #1 takes place on Tuesday, February 24th, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (formal presentation 6:00-6:20) at the Los Ranchos Elementary School Library: 5785 Los Ranchos Road, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401.

What can you do?

By attending this meeting, you will have a first-hand opportunity to provide invaluable feedback that is essential in shaping the future of this recreational opportunity and community connector. Workshop participants will be invited to:

  • Learn about the Edna Price Canyon Anza Trail project
  • Identify how and where you currently use the corridor
  • Help develop a future vision for this trail between San Luis Obispo and Pismo Beach
  • Document any opportunities, concerns, or issues you would like addressed in the project
  • Please bring your friends and neighbors to both meetings to push for the future of great bike trails in SLO County!

    Call for Work: Bike Art

    Calling All Artists

    Be a part of Bike Month + Art After Dark this May
    Bike Month is kicking off Friday, May 1st, so Rideshare is teaming up with Art After Dark in San Luis Obispo to include bike-themed art at as many locations as possible this year!

    Are you an artist or do you know someone who is? Bike Month 2015Rideshare wants to make Bike Month 2015 the best SLO County has seen yet, but they need your help to kick it off right! Anyone who is interested in contributing to May Art After Dark events in celebration of Bike Month should email mjenkins@rideshare.org for more info before March 20, 2015.

    By showing your support creatively, you’ll be helping to heighten the awareness of bicycling and bicyclists on our roads this May. Get busy creating and contact Rideshare soon!! #LetsGetVisible

    bike art!