BIRMINGHAM! LET’S HAVE SOME FUN!
Women’s Only Wheel-truing Class: Wednesday, February 19 at 6:00 pm!
Magic City Cycle Chix (MC3) is a Birmingham based organization exclusively for women who ride bikes. They host regular educational classes called Wine, Wenches, and Wrenches, and this month’s will be held at Bici HQ! We’ll be covering wheel truing at this meeting.
This event is free for members of MC3, and $5 for non-members. A small amount of wine and snacks will be provided by MC3. Please bring something to share with the group if you feel so inclined! Snacking and socializing will begin at 6, and we’ll start the discussion around 6:30.
What is wheel truing? Basically, bike wheels are straight and round because of spoke tension. Normal riding causes certain spokes to losen, and in turn causes the rim to become “out of true”. This leads to less smooth riding and braking. The way to fix this is by tightening certain spokes where the wheel wobbles, and getting the wheel back in proper alignment. Wheel truing can also sometimes be used for rims that have gotten injured (like if you got hit by a car or got a bit too rad on the trials) or developed a site specific hop.
For more info, check out this article from Park Tool Co.
Feel free to bring a wheel that you feel needs truing, but we might not have time for everyone to work individually. Bici has plenty of wheels at the shop to practice on as well, which might be a wiser so you don’t mess up your own :)
THIS IS EXCLUSIVELY FOR WOMEN, SO MEN WILL BE TURNED AWAY AT THE DOOR. Sorry dudes.
Tour de Cure
The Tour de Cure is the American Diabetes Association’s nationwide fundraising event. There are rides all over the country just like the one that will be in Montevallo on April 5. There will be 5, 17, 44, 63 and 100 mile option for rides. There are a few different ways to register, as an individual, or get a team together. Montevallo has some great roads for riding and group supported ride like is this is a great way to get in some miles. Oh yea, and you’re raising money for a great cause. Check out their page here for more information.
Shop will be closed until January 6
The shop will be closed for the following two weeks (Dec 23 - Jan 2) to allow us to celebrate the holidays, and also to do some cleaning, purging, and reorganization around the shop. The shop will be open again Monday, January 6 at 6:00 pm.
If you have anything stored in the tiny dungeon or hidden in one of the many dark recesses, please get in touch and let us know you still want it. Anything that has been languishing unattended for too long will be put back into the shop circulation.
Thank you all for another great year for Bici! We look forward to seeing you again in 2014.
Also, Bici is partnering with Cahaba Cycles during their trade in event. If you’re thinking about getting a new bike for yourself or as a gift check out this video explaining how it works.
RE-Cycle w/ Cahaba Cycles from Cahaba Cycles on Vimeo.