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 fall semester hours, starting Sept. 5, 2017 (note: closed Labor Day - Sept. 4):


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

 

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).


  • Monday, August 28th, 2017
    2-3 p.m.
    Get There by Bike
    Free class taught by Maddie Campbell, from the Wisconsin Bike Federation. Learn how to do a quick check over your bike before you ride it, keep comfortable in traffic, and be an effective bike commuter. Class will finish with a group ride to Babcock! Free Planet Bike blinky light set to the first five (5) attendees.

  • Wednesday, September 20, 2017
    6 - 7:30 p.m.
    Flat Fix
    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 five (5) attendees.

  • Wednesday, October 11, 2017
    6 - 7:30 p.m.
    Basic Brakes
    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 five (5) attendees.

  • Wednesday, November 8, 2017
    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 6, 2017 
    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 7, 2018
    noon - 1 p.m.
    Bike Traffic Skills
    Free 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 7, 2018
    6- 7:30 p.m.
    Annual Maintenance and Cleaning your Chain
    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 five (5) attendees.

  • Wednesday, April 4, 2018
    6 - 7:30 p.m.
    Shifting and Derailleurs
    Free 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 2, 2018
    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.
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