University Bicycle Resource Center

UBRC hours

The UBRC is CLOSED and will remain closed through the fall and spring 2020-2021 semesters. Thank you for your understanding.

The UBRC does not have staffed hours on weekends or UW legal holidays.

A black bicycle is elevated on a stand so it can be worked on. Interior of the University Bicycle Resource center is visible; a tool bench can be seen in the background.

UBRC Classes

All events are free and open to the UW-Madison community. In-person classes are canceled for the 2020-21 academic year, but there will be virtual classes. See below for details:

Fall semester classes

Bicycle Flat Fix Class – Virtual
Tuesday, September 15, 2020 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

Learn what you need to fix flat tires with confidence in this in-depth flat fix clinic for front wheels. There will be lots to learn for both beginners and people who have changed a flat before. Follow along on your own bike or with your own front wheel. Class taught by India Viola, local bicycle advocate and educator.

Registration was through WebEx. A recording of this class is available on YouTube: Flat Fix Class Recording – YouTube

Basic Bicycle Brakes – Virtual
Tuesday, October 13, 2020 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

In this class, we will discuss brakes and minor brake adjustments. Follow along at home on your own bike, or just watch and listen in order to identify and learn how to use your barrel adjusters, as well as clean your braking surfaces. Class taught by India Viola, local bicycle advocate and educator.

Registration was through WebEx. A recording of this class is available on YouTube: Bicycle Brakes Class Recording – YouTube

Bicycle Hub Overhaul Demo – Virtual
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 | 7 – 8:30 p.m.

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. Class taught by India Viola, local bicycle advocate and educator.

Registration was through WebEx. A recording of this class is available on YouTube: Hub Overhaul Class Recording – YouTube

Bicycle Through Winter – Virtual
Tuesday, December 8, 2020 | noon – 1:30 p.m.

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, UW Bicycle & Pedestrian Coordinator.

Registration was through WebEx. A recording of this class is available on YouTube: Bicycling Through Winter Class Recording – YouTube

Spring semester classes

Rear Wheel Removal and Re-install Class – Virtual
Tuesday, February 16, 2021 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Ever had a rear flat tire but were intimidated by removing and re-installing the rear wheel? Fear no longer! Get the basic how-to’s and expert tips & tricks for removing your bike’s rear wheel. This is a hands-on free class and it’s optimal if you have your bike with you to practice what you are learning in real time. Free class taught by India Viola, local bicycle advocate and educator.

Pre-registration is required, with no attendee cap. A recording of this class is available on YouTube: Rear Wheel Removal and Re-install Class Recording – YouTube

Annual Maintenance and Chain Cleaning – Virtual
Tuesday, March 23, 2021 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.

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. You can have your bike handy to follow along or you can just watch. Free class taught by India Viola, local bicycle advocate and educator.

Pre-registration is required, with no attendee cap. A recording of this class is available on YouTube: Annual Maintenance and Chain Cleaning – Class Recording – YouTube

Shifting and Derailleurs Class – Virtual
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 | 6 – 7:30 p.m.

Learn the basics about how your bicycles gears work and how to keep them shifting smoothly. You can have your bike handy during the class to follow along or you can just watch. Free class taught by India Viola, local bicycle advocate and educator.

Pre-registration is required, with no attendee cap. Shifting and Derailleurs – Class Registration via Zoom A recording of this class will be available after the event.

Bicycle Traffic Skills 101 – Virtual
Tuesday, May 11, 2021 | noon – 1:30 p.m.

Learn the basics of vehicular cycling and keep yourself safe and comfortable while riding in traffic. Class taught by Chuck Strawser, UW Bicycle & Pedestrian Coordinator.

Pre-registration is required, with no attendee cap. Bicycle Traffic Skills 101 – Class Registration via Zoom A recording of this class will be available after the event.

How to Buy/Select a Bicycle & Basic Bicycle Fit – Virtual
Tuesday, June 8, 2021 | noon – 1:30 p.m.

Get tips on how to select and purchase a bike best suited to your needs and how to assure your bike fits you well. Class taught by Chuck Strawser, UW Bicycle & Pedestrian Coordinator.

Pre-registration is required, with no attendee cap. How to Buy/Select a Bicycle & Basic Bicycle Fit – Class Registration via Zoom A recording of this class will be available after the event.

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