First Wrenching Class

Saturday afternoon the Belle Starrs gathered at the Fort Collins Bicycle Co-op for a ladies’ wrenching class.  The class was put on by some lovely female volunteer mechanics from the Bike Co-op; Claire, Teresa and Brenna with the Belle Starrs’ own Stacy.  We covered the basics of bike anatomy, safety checks, bike fit, troubleshooting and introductory maintenance.  The class was geared for the beginner with limited mechanic experience.

Karie started things off with a great introduction to the Belle Starrs and bringing up some issues specific to women when it comes to keeping your bike in good condition.  A common issue for many ladies was they wanted to learn how to fix their own bikes, but the mechanically-inclined males in their lives would just do all the work for them.  A very nice gesture, but doesn’t help them become self-reliant.

Claire then took over and started the class with a very informative slide show.  Even more experienced mechanics benefit from reminders on basic topics.  Everyone agreed Claire did an excellent job running this class.

Then it was off to the workstations!  Claire, Teresa, Brenna and Stacy lead small groups of ladies covering a variety of topics and answered questions.  We all had fun learning how bikes different than our own worked.

The next wrenching workshop will be Saturday April 16th from 2-5pm.  We will pick up where we left off in the beginner class, but it’s not a requirement to have come to the first session to attend this class.  Space is limited, so we are asking those interested to RSVP to thebellestarrs@gmail.com.

Thank you so much to the Bike Co-op!  This local non-profit is a community bike shop dedicated to keeping our community riding, refurbishing bikes, keeping bikes out of the landfill by recycling, educating the community on all things bike, and so much more!  For more information on them visit their website www.fcbikecoop.org.

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