RamBikes staff hosts group rides, basic repair clinics, trips and other bike-related events throughout the year. Participation is open to all VCU students, faculty and staff and is free of charge! All programs at RamBikes are also open to the public beginning in 2019. The Outdoor Adventure Program at VCU also hosts weekly mountain rides and hosts workshops for those with a membership to Rec Sports, which you can find information on here.
Below is the workshop schedule for Spring 2019. We offer mechanic knowledge workshops on Wednesdays at 5PM. We also offer a few workshops in riding, which will take place at 5PM on Tuesdays. All workshops listed will meet at RamBikes, located at 201 N. Belvidere. You don't need to bring a bicycle, but if you have specific questions or fixes please bring yours! You are asked to register for these workshops.
April 2 - Commuter Basics
April 9 - Intro to RVA Bike Share
April 16 - Commuter Basics
April 23 - Intro to RVA Bike Share
February 20 - Fix-A-Flat
February 27 - Bike Maintenance 101
March 13 - Bike Maintenance 201
March 20 - Fix-A-Flat
March 27 - Bike Maintenance 101
April 3 - Bike Maintenance 201
April 10 - Topics: Brakes
April 17 - Topics: Chains and Shifting
April 24 - Fix-A-Flat
Below are descriptions of the various workshops listed above, followed by their length.
Commuter Basics (1.5 hours)
This clinic is for anyone who'd like to commute by bike but isn't sure how to get started. We'll review some of the safety aspects of riding in traffic in a city as well as what gear you can get to increase your visibility. We'll also cover what routine maintenance looks like for a bicycle and some key things to check every time before you ride. No experience is necessary! For those who bring a bicycle: we'll take a ride on a combination of all the bike infrastructure in Richmond and end at a park nearby!
Intro to RVA Bike Share (1.5 hours)
Interested in joining the bike share but not sure how? We've got you covered! We'll go over a small portion of the commuter basics for riding in the city. Next, we'll walk to a station and those that would like to sign up for the bike share can get help from us to do so! With our promo code you'll get a go pass and two free trips on the bikes (a card is required to sign up and receive this). After folks sign up we'll take a free ride on the bikes (everyone will receive this regardless of signing up) on a combination of all the bike infrastructure in Richmond and end at a park nearby!
Fix-A-Flat (1 hour)
A class for every bicycle rider of any skill level! Come get your hands dirty at our fix-a-flat class, where everyone will get the experience of swapping out and patching a tube. Discover the difference between a flat caused by debris in the road and a flat caused by low air pressure. Everyone who attends will receive a complimentary pair of tire levers and patch kit.
Bike Maintenance 101 (1 hour)
For all bicycle commuters! No mechanical experience necessary. This introductory workshop that will cover parts of the bicycle and how to discuss them with your mechanic, sights and sounds that indicate a problem and routine maintenance. We'll go over cleaning of components and what normal wear and tear looks like. You'll leave knowing how to take better care of your ride. Everyone who attends will receive a free multi-tool.
*We will not cover fixing a flat. That information will only be in our fix-a-flat class*
Bike Maintenance 201 (1.5 hours)
A follow up to BM101 or for those with riding experience, this 201 course will cover all minor adjustments that you can make at home. It will include brake adjustment and brake pad replacement, cable tension, and an explanation of derailleur adjustments. Everyone who attends will receive a free multi-tool.
Topics: Brakes (1 hour)
Wondering how to adjust those brakes? This workshop is for you! We'll cover the most common types of brakes on bicycles and any and all problems you might encounter when working on your brakes. We will review how to change your brake pads and how to change a brake cable.
Topics: Chains and Shifting (1 hour)
This special workshop will cover in depth chain maintenance and some issues you may have with gearing and shifting. We'll cover common problems and fixes with shifters and derailleurs.
For those folks who want to learn about bikes in an unstructured environment! We host a volunteer night weekly on Thursdays from 5:30PM-7PM at the RamBikes shop. No experience is necessary but you will be using tools and getting dirty. We work on deconstructing a recycing parts, as well as building bikes for programs that operate out of RamBikes. Learn how to build a bike from the ground up in a matter of weeks! Bikes that aren't used by RamBikes are donated to local non-profits that have youth and adult Earn-A-Bike programs and volunteering is a great way to give back to these organizations.