Global Awareness Local Action (G.A.L.A.) and Jack Mountain Bushcraft School are excited to announce the next feature in their 2015 monthly NH Re-skill-ience Workshop Series, hands-on workshops focusing on homesteading, sustainable living, and traditional bushcraft skills designed to strengthen personal and community resilience. The next workshop, Basics of Bike Restoration & Maintenance with Philip Enright and Dan Coons takes place on Wednesday, June 3rd from 6pm to 8pm at the Kingswood Youth Center in Wolfeboro, NH.
Do you have a bike that has been collecting cobwebs in the shed and needs a little TLC? Have you been seeing all those other people on their bikes lately and thought, “Darn, I’ve gotta’ get on my bike soon”? Have you been using the same flat tire as an excuse to hop in your car instead of on your bike? Have you been enjoying “spinning” all winter but remain a little intimidated to get on the road? Let none of these excuses hold you back from one of the most practical and fun recreational activities – cycling!
The Basics of Bike Restoration & Maintenance workshop is for anyone who could benefit from a little refresher on routine maintenance to keep their bike in good working order and/or anyone who has an older bike they would like to fix up and start riding again. Phil Enright will cover older bike restoration while Dan Coons shares about basic bike maintenance for some of the new bike designs and technology.
Philip Enright has loved biking for years and after getting his first “grown-up bike” for free, the one he still rides, he’s had an eye out for good or interesting frames ever since. Phil has stripped down and re-built several bikes for friends and family, and even given out bikes to complete strangers just because this is where his passion resides. Now Phil is ready to share his experience and skills with you!
Older-style bikes can generally be found for free or relatively inexpensive if you look around. It’s often the case that once something goes wrong, a gear slips or a tire keeps popping, they get tossed into dark, dusty back corners of a barn, garage, or shed near you. Here’s the exciting thing to know – they can ride again! Parts are not expensive, widely interchangeable, and with a little effort you can be riding these old beauties like they were meant to be.
If you have one, bring an old bike you’d like to work on along with some questions. Phil will cover freewheels, standard bottom brackets, cantilever, caliper, and V-brakes. Together you’ll explore what needs to go where, how to make certain adjustment and everything in between. You’ll even learn some fancy names and lingo so you can go into the bike shop and speak their language. Participants will leave the workshop knowing about certain specialized tools, what kinds of lube to use where, and what’s making that gosh awful clicking noise! If you have or find a frame you like, it’s worth it, and for those you want to go the distance (pun intended!) Phil will even cover how to approach painting or powder coating for a snappy “new” stylin’ ride.
“What’ I’m into is reviving these old bikes, saving them from the dump and getting you cruising, DIY,” says Phil. “Biking is the way to go. It’s an efficient and fun way to get around, the wind on your face feels great, and the world is so much more accessible and alive from on a bike than in a car.”
But the workshop will not only be informative for someone looking to restore an old bike. Dan Coons, avid bike rider and conservationist, will demonstrate some bike maintenance tips for people with “newer” bikes. Dan will walk through cleaning and lubing, changing a flat, adjusting gears, and talk about some of the tips more relative to people with bikes that have clip-less pedal systems, disk brakes, indexed shifting, and other more recent bike technologies and designs.
This workshop ties in well with G.A.L.A.’s recruitment for their Climate Ride Team – a 300-mile benefit bike tour from Bar Harbor to Boston taking place Sept. 17th 21st. G.A.L.A. has four people signed up for the ride and is looking for at least six more. Riders solicit sponsorships to support their ride, raise awareness about climate change, and support the local sustainability efforts of G.A.L.A.. If you are interested, contact G.A.L.A. Climate Ride Team Captain, Susan Fuller by calling 603-569-6419 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
G.A.L.A. and Jack Mountain invite you to attend the workshop Basics of Bike Restoration & Maintenance on Wednesday June 3rd from 6pm-8pm at the Kingswood Youth Center (565 Center Street, Wolfeboro, NH). The cost to participate in the workshop is $15.00. There is limited space and pre-registration is requested at www.galacommunity.org, or by calling 603-539-6460.