Bicycle Workshops

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Bicycle Workshop Schedule

The City of Cambridge is proud to offer bicycle education workshops throughout the year, free to those who work or live in Cambridge.  All classes are lecture-style workshops unless otherwise noted. To register for classes, please email aphilson@cambridgema.gov or call 617-349-6012. See the bottom of this page for class descriptions. All classes are paid for by the City of Cambridge and every participant receives one free helmet each year.

More winter Bike Workshops to be scheduled soon! Stay tuned.

Monday, January 13, 2020 
Bicycle Maintenance For Beginners
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM
City Hall Annex - 2nd Floor Conference Room, 344 Broadway 

This hands on workshop will cover the basics of maintaining your bicycle. Topics covered include: 

  • Bike anatomy 
  • How to change a flat tire Intro to brake adjustment 
  • Cleaning and lubricating your bike 
  • Pre-ride safety check

Tuesday, January 28, 2020 
Winter Biking Basics 
6:00 PM to 7:30 PM 
Main Library - Community Room, 449 Broadway

Learn about the basics of biking in Cambridge through the winter! This workshop covers the following topics:

  • Winter-specific riding considerations and techniques
  • Staying at a comfortable temperature no matter what the weather is like
  • Route planning
  • Multi-modal commuting
  • Using safety equipment, including helmet, lights, and reflective gear
  • Rules of the Road and staying safe while biking

Saturday, February 8, 2020 
Bicycle Maintenance Clinic 
Drop in at any time 
11:00 AM to 2:00 PM 
Cambridge Public Library - Central Square Branch, 45 Pearl St

Want to learn hands-on how to fix your bike or already know how but need tools and a repair stand? Experienced mechanics will be on hand to set you up on a bike stand and provide instruction and guidance if desired! Bring your bike and/or bike-related questions.


To register for workshops, email aphilson@cambridgema.gov


Bicycle Light Installation Nights

  • As the days are getting shorter, make sure you're staying visible on the road with bike lights!
  • This fall through winter, Cambridge City staff and volunteers will be on the streets at different points throughout the city handing out free bike lights to cyclists biking by without them :
    • Monday, October 28, 2019: 5:30-7:30pm: Central Square at Carl F Barron Plaza
    • Tuesday, November 5, 2019: 3:00-6:30pm: Cambridge Rindge & Latin; Cambridge Public Library - Main Branch [cancelled due to weather - will be rescheduled]
    • Monday, November 18, 2019: 4:30-6:30pm: Russell Field House; Fresh Pond Apartments [cancelled due to weather - will be rescheduled]
    • Monday, December 2, 2019: 4:30-6:30pm: Inman Square - Cambridge St at Hampshire St [cancelled due to weather - rescheduled to Thursday, December 5, 2019]
    • Monday, December 16, 2019: 2:30-6:30: Cambridge Street Upper School; East Cambridge - Sixth St at Cambridge St
    • Monday, January 6, 2020: 3:00-6:30pm: Cambridge Rindge & Latin; Cambridge Public Library - Main Branch
    • Monday, January 27, 2020: 5:30-6:30pm: Porter MBTA station Plaza
    • Monday February 10, 2020: 5:00-7:00pm: The Port - Broadway at Windsor St
    • Monday February 24, 2020: 5:00-7:00pm: Harvard Square Plaza

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Class Descriptions

Bicycle Maintenance Basics

This workshop covers the following topics:

  • The anatomy of the bike
  • Removing wheels
  • Fixing flats
  • Chain Maintenance
  • Pre-Ride check
  • Seat height
  • Portable tool kit
  • Keeping your bike healthy with preventative bike maintenance

Beyond Maintenance Basics

This workshop covers the following topics:

  • Basic repair tools
  • Thoroughly cleaning and lubricating your bike
  • Removing both wheels
  • Completely changing a flat tire
  • Pinpointing squeaks and rattles
  • Removing pedals
  • Adjusting front and rear brakes + derailleurs,
  • Dealing with a broken spoke

Winter Biking Basics

This workshop covers the following topics:

  • Benefits of biking, including better personal health, saved money, environmental benefits, and others
  • Staying at a comfortable temperature no matter what the weather is like
  • Route planning
  • Locking
  • Multi-modal commuting
  • Staying dry and clean
  • Using safety equipment, including helmet, lights, and reflective gear
  • Rules of the Road and staying safe while biking

On-Bike Refresher Course

The Basics of Better Biking class is a three hour class designed for adults who want to get back into bicycling, improve cycling skills, learn to ride more effectively and safely in traffic, and/or participate in a large-scale benefit ride. This three-hour weekend session provides guided instruction with simple practice drills in a parking lot, easy-paced riding on local roadways for short distances, and group-discussion breaks along the way. Topics covered include bike and helmet fitting, starting and stopping your bike in traffic, shifting gears, scanning and yielding, choosing the correct lane position in the road, handling intersections, and more.

Some notes about the class:

  • A bicycle in good working order and a helmet are required.
  • Preregistration is required.
  • This class is intended for participants 18 and older, unless otherwise noted.

Riding with Families

  • Options for biking with children, such as front seats, rear seats, front cargo bikes, bike trailers
  • How is biking with kids different than biking solo?
  • How can I bike with my children when there are no routes with bike infrastructure?
  • How young is too young for children to be with parents while biking?
  • What does the law say for children?
  • How is buying bikes for children different from buying bikes for adults?
  • How do I appropriately fit a child to a bicycle?
  • How do I teach children the rules of the road?
  • What is the Safe Routes to School program? 

Rules of the Road

This workshop covers the following topics:

  • Bike safety statistics
  • Rules of the road
  • Bike-specific laws and legislation
  • Car-specific laws and legislation
  • General safety tips
  • Current legislative efforts
  • Motivation for obeying traffic laws

Urban Cycling Basics

This workshop covers the following topics:

  • Finding the right kind of bike
  • Route planning
  • Safety equipment, including lights and a helmet
  • Locking properly
  • Transporting small loads or children by bike
  • Multi-modal commuting
  • Rules of the road and safety tips.

For More Information

For more information about bicycle workshops or bicycle education in Cambridge, please contact Adi Philson, aphilson@cambridgema.gov, 617/349-6012.

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