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Bike Safety Classes

Safety is key to the enjoyment of bicycling – and we’re happy to provide you opportunities to learn and practice safe riding skills through our NEW Safe Riding classes!

Classes are based on the League of American Bicyclists’ Smart Cycling curriculum, and will focus on learning and practicing bike handling and safe riding principles. Students will become more confident and knowledgeable riders.

The course is free, thanks to the generous support of the Bloomington Bicycle Club.

However, class size is limited and there are materials (brief, educational YouTube videos) to review in advance, so please register here. 

Available class dates include: Sat, July 9, Sun, July 24, and Sat, August 6, from 12pm-5pm.

Bring your bike (in good working order, with more than one gear, no recumbents), helmet (one may be available to borrow if you do not have one), a water bottle, a snack and wear comfortable clothes.

Closed July 3

The Columbus Bike Co-op will be closed Sunday July 3 to celebrate Independence Day.

We will be at the Columbus Summer Farmers’ Market Saturday July 2 providing bike valet.  We will have a work stand and a small selection of tools for those bike emergencies that you may have.

Summer Maintenance Classes

The Columbus Bicycle Co-op is offering maintenance classes.  Classes will be on Monday evenings from 6:00-8:00.  You are welcome to bring your bike and/or tool kit.  For those that do not want to bring their own bike please note examples from our shop can be provided.  These classes will be hands on.  Suggested donation of $10 per session is greatly appreciated.  If you are interested please RSVP.  This will help make sure we tailor the classes to your bicycle’s specs.
June 6-The basics.  Learn how to repair a flat while riding.  We will also cover basic cleaning and care of your bike.
June 13-Derailleurs and Shifting.  This class will cover basic troubleshooting, adjustment, and maintenance of shifting and derailleur systems.
June 20- Brakes.  This class will cover inspection and adjustment of brakes.
June 27- Hubs and bearings.  This class will cover hub overhaul and adjustment.  We will also cover other bearing types located throughout the bike.
July 11- Wheels and Spokes.  This class will cover basic wheel truing and spoke replacement.

We will be closed Sunday May 29

The Columbus Bike Co-op will be closed Sunday May 29 in observance of Memorial Day.

Handlebar Happy Hour & Open House TONIGHT

Please join us to kick off Bike Month with Handlebar Happy Hour and our Open House tonight from 6-8pm. This is a great opportunity to mix & mingle with cyclists and friends of the Columbus Bicycle Co-op. We will have free appetizers from Creekview Drive Walmart and Columbus Food Co-op, free smoothies from Tropical Smoothie Cafe, cash bar by Powerhouse Brewing Company, live music by Roger Banister and Denise Kocur, and plenty of activities for the kids. As always, a big thanks to our main sponsor Healthy Communities for making all of this possible.

Come to the Bike Co-op tonight to join in the fun and find out more about our programs!