University of Wisconsin–Madison

University Bicycle Resource Center

UBRC summer hours

Starting May 17:

Monday noon – 4 p.m., 4:30- 8 p.m.
Tuesday noon – 4 p.m., 4:30- 8 p.m.
Wednesday noon – 8 p.m.
Thursday noon – 8 p.m.
Friday noon – 4 p.m., 4:30- 8 p.m.

Note: The UBRC does not have staffed weekend hours.

UBRC Classes

All events are free and are held at the University Bicycle Resource Center in the Helen C. White Garage (Lot 6) 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, September 12, 2018 | noon – 1 p.m.
    How to Buy/Select a Bike
    Informational class with tips on how to select and purchase a bike best fitted to your needs. Free Planet Bike blinky light set to the first five (5) attendees.
  • Wednesday, September 26, 2018 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.
    Flat Fix
    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 five (5) attendees.
  • Wednesday, October 17, 2018 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.
    Basic Brakes
    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 five (5) attendees.
  • Wednesday, November 7, 2018 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.
    Introduction to Wheel Truing
    Learn the basics of the art and science that is wheel truing. Bring your bike or front wheel or look on with other students. Free Planet Bike blinky light set to the first five (5) attendees.
  • Wednesday, December 5, 2018 | noon – 1 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 five (5) attendees. Bring a brown bag lunch!
  • Wednesday, February 6, 2019 | noon – 1 p.m.
    Bike Traffic Skills 101
    Class taught by UW Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator Chuck Strawser. Learn the basics of vehicular cycling and keep yourself safe and comfortable while riding in traffic. Free Planet Bike blinky light set to the first five (5) attendees. Bring a brown bag lunch!
  • Wednesday, March 6, 2019 | 6- 7:30 p.m.
    Annual Maintenance and Cleaning your Chain
    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 five (5) attendees.
  • Wednesday, April 3, 2019 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.
    Shifting and Derailleurs
    Class taught by We Are All Mechanics. Learn the basics about how your bicycles gears work and how to keep them shifting smoothly. Bring your bike, if you’d like, or look on with another student. Free Planet Bike blinky light set to the first five (5) attendees.
  • Wednesday, May 1, 2019 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.
    Hub Overhaul Demo
    Free class taught by We Are All Mechanics. The instructor will take apart a wheel hub and demonstrate repacking of wheel bearings. The inner workings of this simple but mysterious bicycle maintenance task will be revealed. Free Planet Bike blinky light set to the first five (5) attendees.

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