University Bicycle Resource Center

UW Transportation Services provides the University Bicycle Resource Center for those who are interested in performing tune-ups to their own bicycles. The University Bicycle Resource Center is staffed by Commuter Solutions student employees who work to encourage the use of alternative forms of transportation, particularly bicycling, walking, and transit.

    What the University Bicycle Resource Center offers:
  • Free use of tools, air pump and grease, lube and other supplies as available
  • Bicycle Air & Repair Stations map
  • Bicycle repair manuals
  • Bicycle maps
  • Bicycle registration assistance
  • Alternative transportation expertise of our student employees
  • Monthly bicycling events including rides, classes, movies and more. Check this space for details as they become available.
Hours

The UBRC open hours for Fall Semester, 2014:

  • Monday: 4:00 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 4:00 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday: 4:00 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Thursday: 4:00 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Friday: 4:00 - 8:00 p.m.

  • The UBRC will be closed from December 18, 2014 through January 20, 2015.
  • Spring 2015 Semester hours will be posted soon!
Events

All events are free and are held at the University Bicycle Resource Center in the basement garage of H.C. White Library at 600 N Park Street (unless otherwise noted). There is no registration required. Classes are first come, first served (limit 20 people per event).

  • Wednesday, May 14, 2014, Noon - 1:00 p.m..
    ABC Quick Check
    Learn the basic mechanical safety check that every bicyclist should know. We Are All Mechanics guides you through a full system check of your bicycle that you can do in just a few mintues, every time you ride. Uncover mechanical problems before they become dangerous. Bring your bike or look on with a classmate. Free Planet Bike blinky light set to the first 5 attendees. Bring a brown bag lunch!

  • Monday, June 2, 2014, 2:30 - 3:00 p.m..
    Hoofers Outdoor UW ABC Quick Check
    Class held on the lakeshore in front of Outdoor UW at Memorial Union
    Learn the basic mechanical safety check that every bicyclist should know. Chuck Strawser guides you through a full system check of your bicycle that you can do in just a few minutes, every time you ride. Uncover mechanical problems before they become dangerous. Bring your bike or look on with a classmate.

  • Wednesday, June 18, 2014, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m..
    Learn How to B-cycle
    Ever wonder what those fancy red bikes around town are all about? Stop by for this informal free class taught by Madison B-cycle on how to use their system. Free Planet Bike blinky light set to the first 5 attendees. Free 24-hour B-cycle access passes for all attendees.

  • Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 11:00 a.m.
    Graduate School Orientation Bike Tour
    The ride will begin from UBRC with a safety talk and take a leisurely route through campus and downtown. The focus is graduate students, but all are welcome to join (limit of 30 with pre-registration). Bring your bike and a helmet. Free Planet Bike blinky light set to the first 5 attendees.
    Class Registation

  • Wednesday, September 10, 2014, 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m..
    Learn to B-cycle
    Ever wonder what those fancy red bikes around town are all about? Stop by for this informal free class taught by Madison B-cycle on how to use their system. Free Planet Bike blinky light set to the first 5 attendees. Free 24-hour B-cycle access passes for all attendees.

  • Wednesday, September 17, 2014, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m..
    Annual Maintenance Guide
    Free class taught by We Are All Mechanics. Keep your bike running smoothly throughout the year. You will learn and practice best techniques for cleaning and lubricating your chain and other routine maintenance. Bring your bike, if you’d like, or look on with another student. Free Planet Bike blinky light set to the first 5 attendees.

  • Wednesday, October 15, 2014, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m..
    Feeling Flat?
    Free class taught by We Are All Mechanics. Learn what you need to fix flat tires with confidence in this in-depth hands-on flat fix clinic for front wheels. There will be lots to learn for both beginners and people who have changed a flat before. Bring your bike or front wheel, if you’d like, or look on with another student. If you have a pump or tire levers you want to practice with, feel free to bring those - otherwise tools will be provided. Free Planet Bike blinky light set to the first 5 attendees.

  • Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m..
    Brakes: How they Work and Maintenance Basics
    Free class taught by We Are All Mechanics. In this class, we will discuss brakes and minor brake adjustments. Bring your bike to class to identify and learn how to use your barrel adjusters, as well as clean your braking surfaces. Free Planet Bike blinky light set to the first 5 attendees.

  • Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m..
    Bike Through Winter
    Tips on biking through the winter including lessons learned from a winter bicycling veteran. Suggestions for clothing and other gear plus basic winter maintenance tips and available resources. Class taught by Chuck Strawser. Free Planet Bike blinky light set to the first 5 attendees.
Location

The University Bicycle Resource Center is located in the basement of Helen C White Library (in the northeast corner of the ground level of the parking garage) (maps)


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact UW Commuter Solutions at 608-263-2969 or at cstrawser@fpm.wisc.edu