Start the New Year off Right—Get Involved with Bike Clinic!

General Planning Meeting TUES Jan 7 6:30-8:30 p.m. @ 1922 The Alameda Room 105 (formerly the United Way Building just north of Hedding)
This meeting is where we discuss the ins and outs and strategic plans of SJBC.

Internal Skill Share THURS Jan 9 7-9 p.m. @ location TBD
Want to learn bike repair skills and—even better—how to share what you know at our Skill Shares? These trainings will get you ready to teach basic to intermediate bike repair skills. We need a small army of volunteer mechanics when we open our community bike workshop, so invite a friend!

Events and Outreach Meeting TUES Jan 21 6:30-8:30 p.m. @ San Pedro Square Market (usually near B2)
We count on our amazing volunteers to plan events and spread the good word about safety and bike maintenance. Want tips on how to do bike outreach with SJBC? Want to pitch an event? Bring it!

December 19 Skill Share

San Jose Bike Clinic is popping up shop once again for all your bike repair and education needs at our monthly Skill Share at San Pedro Square Market!

Come work on your bike, learn about bike repair, teach others what you know, or just hang out with some bike enthusiasts. We will have tools, work stands, expert mechanics and some essential spare parts like inner tubes and cables to help you with any repair you might need.

7pm – 9pm
Thursday December 19, 2013
In front of San Pedro Square Market
87 N. San Pedro Street, San Jose

RSVP and spread the word on Facebook:

San Jose Bike Clinic T-shirt Want to volunteer? We need help with setting up, outreach, signing people up and teaching bike repair skills. RSVP via this form, and thank you in advance for making San Jose Bike Clinic happen!

Need the perfect gift for the bike and San Jose lover in your life? A San Jose Bike Clinic T-shirt would be just the ticket, and we’ll have a variety of sizes for men and women at the Skill Share.

Volunteer Training Dec 12–handlebar tape, hub maintenance & more

We’ll be hosting another free training for Bike Clinic volunteers on Thursday, December 12 from 7-9 at Arthur’s shop in Willow Glen. If you’re interested and available, RSVP ASAP through this Google form or email if you have any questions.

Arthur Rodriguez, owner of a bike repair education business called Bike Teacher, is offering a training that’s free to all SJBC volunteers—past, present and future. Our focus is on putting tools and knowledge in the hands and minds of our members and participants. So you’ll not only learn how to do basic repairs, but also how to share what you know and pay it forward. We’re always building our team of volunteer mechanics to teach bike repair skills at events and when we open a permanent space, and we want you to join us. These trainings are a great way to get involved.

Here’s what Arthur’s planning to teach this time, with help from another volunteer: 

  • Wheel hub and bottom bracket maintenance, with a focus on diagnosing problems. This is especially important in rainy weather and with older used bikes.
  • Handlebar wrapping. Need this done? Bring handlebar tape and your bike!
  • Generally get familiar with your bike, repairs and adjustments.
  • We’ll teach you parts and tools vocabulary along the way, or answer any questions you have.
  • Get a SJBC 101 overview so you know what we’re all about.

What to bring?

  • Your Bike
  • Multi-tool or similar (with chain break)
  • Tire Levers
  • Apron if you have one
  • Latex gloves optional

We will have some tools on hand to share. See you there!