Women’s Bicycle Maintenance Workshop
Hosted by Taz Brown and the Way of Compassion Bicycle Project
The Way of Compassion Bicycle Project is Delighted to be hosting it’s first official Bicycle Maintenance Course in partnership with Road Runner Mobile Bike Service. We are enthusiastic about offering this course to women only. A women’s specific course has been requested by the community and we are delighted to be offering a space for this workshop. The course will be instructed by long-time professional bicycle mechanic Taz Brown.
Taz Brown has been working on bikes since the age of 8, then professionally for 27 years in shops both in Virginia and Colorado. She also worked as a race mechanic for World Triathlon Corp for 4 years traveling all over the United States working mostly full-distance Ironman events with a few half distance events. (Approx 75 races). On a personal level, she has completed two coast to coast tours as well as a west coast solo tour, Ironman Cozumel, Kansas Half Ironman and the Whitelake Half. She is also an avid mountain biker, dirt biker, and snowboarder.
Taz’s love of cycling and helping people led her to start Road Runner Mobile Bike Service LLC. This year RRMBS became a sponsor of the RFWTT(Roaring Fork Women’s Triathlon Team).
We are limiting this workshop to 6 participants to allow for more focused instruction and to allow each participant to have a bicycle stand. This course is designed for beginner to intermediate aspiring female mechanics who would like more confidence with the inner and outer workings of their bicycle.
Dates and Times:
- Tuesday, October 9th. 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
- Tuesday, October 16th. 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
- Tuesday, October 23rd. 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
- Tuesday, October 30th. 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
- $200 per participant
- 50% of the money raised by this program goes towards purchasing helmets for the Crystal River Bicycle Initiative program that we run. Every year we aim to provide any bike-less third-grader at Crystal River Elementary School with a bicycle and helmet.
The October Class is Sold Out. Please contact Aaron to get on the waiting list for the next course.
[email protected] or (970) 340 – 8151
Taz will lead students in a basic/intermediate bicycle repair on their personal bikes. You will have the chance to work on and tune your pony in the process of gaining mechanical skills! We are also able to provide bicycles to work on if you prefer. The Focus of the course is to gain mechanical aptitude but also to engage the mind in pushing our limits of what we are confident to tackle when it comes to an unknown. When we start to learn how to diagnose and closely discover the issues with the machine, we are able to confidently and correctly repair our own bicycles.
Over the 4 nights, participants will be led through emergency roadside repairs, common problems and solutions, preventative maintenance, and much more. Come to glean the wisdom and knowledge from an industry veteran until your cup runneth over! Here is a tentative course outline:
- Shop tour and safety considerations
- Setting intentions
- Common Roadside Repairs
- Flat Repair Workshop
- Bolts and Fasteners
- Quick Releases and Thru Axles
- Recap of day one
- Chain repair
- Emergency link removals
- Master links
- Pad discussion
- Cable actuated vs Hydraulic
- caliper adjustments and tuning
- Recap of day two
- Derailleurs and shifting
- Foundations of hangers and installations
- Cables and housing replacements
- Limit screws and cable tension
- Recap of day three
- Drivetrain tuning
- Wear issues
- Replacement parts and compatibilities