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Posted by on Mar 23, 2012 | 1 comment

Spring Bike Maintenance with VéloCity Co-op

Spring Bike Maintenance with VéloCity Co-op

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I can’t tell you how awesome it is to trek down to a bike shop only blocks from my home with my bike and my two daughters’ bikes for a quick spring tune-up.

Christian Myers, the co-founder of VéloCity, a DIY bicycle workshop and educational space that just opened up on Mt. Vernon Avenue in Del Ray, is there to give you hands-on help on the spot, no appointment necessary. You can also do everything you want with your bike yourself and use his stands and supplies, for a small and I mean small donation — $10 an hour. (They also welcome donations of bicycles, bicycle parts, and tools.)

Nadja pulls her tricycle in the shop.

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Christian looks at the issue we’re having in which the notch to allow the handle bars to turn is stuck.

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He takes the entire set of handle bars off to reveal (gasp!) considerable rust. After using a lot of degreaser and elbow grease, he sadly pronounces it unfixable. Oh, it’s also missing a pedal. Nadja can still pedal it around the yard though. Word to the wise: with expensive Kettler trikes, avoid leaving them in the rain. Granted, our trike is 6 years old, and wasn’t left outside all that often.

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Next up:  Ana’s bike. It gets some lube on the chain with her turning the wheel, some air in the tires, and it’s good to go. We also raise the seat a bit to account for her winter growth spurt.

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It takes a big heave-ho to get my cargo bike on the stand. It’s an extra long bike called an Xtracycle, with what’s called a “long tail” where we’ve mounted a baby seat. There’s also room back there for Ana to sit and hold on to a handlebar behind my seat.

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Here I am with the two of them onboard a couple of years ago. This year, Ana will ride on her own bike alongside us.

How We Roll

Christian points me to the workbench to retrieve one of the Philips-head screwdrivers so he (I mean, we) can adjust the brakes.

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My bike doesn’t need much more than that. A triple bike tune-up in less than an hour. My husband needs to stop by soon with his bike and we’ll be all set, until it comes time to learn how to fix a flat.

For more information, visit http://www.velocitycoop.org.

1 Comment

  1. I love that you brought in the mini bike, the mid size kid bike, and your awesome cargo bike for this article. Gives a great representation that biking is for EVERYONE and that so is Velocity. Cheers to DelRay cyclist families! Athena

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