Women’s Clinic, Soulcycler and National Trails Day

We have a few events coming up that may interest you:

Women’s Bike Clinic
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You chicks on bikes! You know who you are–go to the May 23 Women’s Bike Clinic at Bike Habitat. Denis Coyne always organizes a great program. Go early, as it is usually a full house. Great tips for simple repairs. Get a little know how and more.
Bike Habitat – 911 Topsy Ln (next to Best Buy) 267-5053

Soulcycler
Then on Friday, May 24, at 6 p.m., First United Methodist Church in Carson City, get ready to join writer-photographer-adventurer Rick Gunn for his 90-minute presentation “Soulcycler, Words And Images From a 25,811-Mile Bicycle Journey Around-The-World.” ”Soulcycler” combines 350 breath-taking photos from 33 countries, set to music, accompanied by a selection of uniquely emotional stories from around the globe. Gunn delivers a front-row seat to the pursuit of his lifelong dream of cycling the planet. See Bike Carson’s post HERE.
First United Methodist Church – 212 N Division St.

National Trails Day on the Ash to Kings Canyon Trail
Help Muscle Powered celebrate National Trails Day by building trail on the Ash Canyon to Kings Canyon Trail. Scheduled to be completed in 2014, this 7 mile multi-use trail will connect Ash and Kings Canyons, providing users with a scenic backcountry experience only minutes from downtown Carson City.

For registration and details click HERE.
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American Hiking Society’s National Trails Day® will bring together outdoor enthusiasts across the country on Saturday, June 1, 2013, for the 21st annual celebration of America’s magnificent trail system and its countless supporters and volunteers. Over 2,000 nationwide events will take place including trail maintenance, hiking, paddling, biking, horseback riding, bird watching, running, trail celebrations and more! 

Bike to Work Week Party and Corporate Challenge Results

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At the start of the Slow Roll
 
We all had a great time at the Bike to Work Week party at Telegraph Square Saturday afternoon.  While many local cyclists were on the “Ride with the Vets”,  kids were enjoying the Newspaper Boy game which was won by Roland List.  And during the Riptide Bandits intermission (an awesome surf band that I hope makes a speedy return to Carson), Nate Conrad took 1st place in the Tricycle Time Trial.  Artsy Fartsy had amazing bicycle jewelry and art on display, and outstanding food was provided by Carson City Confections, Horseshoe Club and Sassafras.

Bike to Work Week Corporate Challenge Results
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Had a great week of riding cant wait to do it again next week !!! – Jason

Solo In Town

Jason Gardner 103
David Eiswert 83.8
Tammy Steele 75.8
John Aragon 71.62
Danny Miller 68.06
Ed Skudlarek 44
Srini Bokka 32
Brenda Horton 25.7
Candy Wilkin 2.46

Janelle Thomas
Janelle Thomas, winner of the Beyond Solo competition.
Solo Beyond

Janelle Thomas  300.8
Tom Tittle 121.36
Mark Colley 116.28
Kim Gray 106.43
Scott Robertson 101.7
Lucio Bolognani 77.79

Public Agency

Highest Mileage

Nevada Guard Rough Riders 895.3
The Bike Kings 620.02
DETR Cyclepaths-1 322
NV State Pks- Endangered Trails 311.25
USGS 261.5
Western Nevada College 201.06
DETR Cyclepaths-2 94
USPS -39

Most Trips

DETR Cyclepaths-1 162
The Bike Kings 125
Nevada Guard Rough Riders 116
NV State Pks- Endangered Trails 91
USGS 47
DETR Cyclepaths-2 43
Western Nevada College 44
USPS 34

Bike Kings whole team
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Highest Percentage of Employee Participatio

NDOT Bike Kings 16.80%
DETR Cyclepaths-1 10.50%
USGS 10.10%
NV State Pks- Endangered Trails 8.50%
Nevada Guard Rough Riders 7.20%
Western Nevada College 6.50%
USPS 6%
DETTR Cyclepaths-2 4.20%

Private Business

Highest Mileage

Lumos & Associates  310
Allison MacKenzie Law Firm 206.2
Sierra Controls, LLC 172
Resource Rascals 96
Redrock Dental 27.75

Most Trips

Allison MacKenzie Law Firm 89
Sierra Controls, LLC 70
Lumos & Assoc 62
Resource Rascals 34
Redrock Dental 14

Highest Percentage of Employee Participation

Unknown – We’ll announce the results as soon as possible.  There could be an upset.

“I ran into a dust devil today on my lunch ride! I closed my mouth, squinted my eyes, and held on tight to the handle bars. It blew over pretty fast. It was at the corner of Mountain and Nye.” – David

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Deena Hoover – $150 at Artsy Fartsy

“What a beautiful ride this morning! Clouds on the mountains, clear air! Aaah. It was so nice in fact that Tom and I did the long ride to work up to the College and along the V&T and down Kings to the NDEP. The Bistro provided yummy donut holes to go with the coffee–quite a nice touch. She had plenty for all the riders!” – Lynn

Thanks to everyone who made this such a wonderful week!

Bike to Work Day 2013!

It’s Bike to Work Day and the final day of the Bike to Work Week Corporate Challenge. I hope everyone had a great week riding to work! Our traditional post ride raffle and party has been moved to Saturday, May 18th, and we have a lot more going on than years past. Ride With A Vet starts things off at 2:30pm, followed by a bike rodeo at 3pm. Reno surf band, the Riptide Bandits, will be performing at Telegraph Square, and we’ll have bike related games, a bike rafffle and announce the winners of the Corporate Challenge. So come on down to Telegraph Square at 2:30 to enjoy the fun!

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Nevada Appeal delivery bags for Saturday’s Newspaper Boy game.

Did everyone get a cup of coffee from one of our Coffee Stations?
Bistro@Bryan – 901 S. Stewert
Comma Coffee – 312 S Carson
LA Bakery- 220 W. John
San Rafael Coffee Company – 711 S Carson

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We bring in a different dish each day as an incentive to ride. Today was a fruit pizza!-Deirdre

Corporate Challenge Results – Thursday
*Not all data received

In Town Solo
Jason Gardner 97
David Eiswert 63.4
Tammy Steele 59.6
John Aragon 59.08
Danny Miller 54.36
Ed Skudlarek 36
Srini Bokka 32*
Brenda Horton 23.2

“So glad I rode to work today! The morning commute was challenging with a very stiff south wind in Washoe Valley so I took Franktown to stay against the mountains and it was beautifully calm. The commute home was awesome with the annual HUGE flock of bleatting sheep along Coombs Canyon to make me smile and temporarily forget about the climb. Keep riding happy!” – Janelle

Beyond Solo
Janelle Thomas 286.3
Tom Tittle 121.36
Mark Colley 116.28*
Scott Robertson 101.7*
Lucio Bolognani 77.79*
Kim Gray 70.8*

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Return from lunch

Private %
Allison MacKenzie Law Firm 30%
Lumos Carson Office 22%
Resource Rascals 10%
Redrock Dental 38%*
Sierra Controls, LLC 28.3%*

“As I pedal through the Historical District this morning there were deer grazing on the fresh spring time plants and grass. What a way to spend your morning!” – Brenda

Private Trips
Allison MacKenzie Law Firm 70
Lumos Carson Office 52
Sierra Controls, LLC 40*
Resource Rascals 26
Redrock Dental 14*

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Bike Parking

Private Miles
Lumos Carson Office 272.4
Allison MacKenzie Law Firm 150.02
Sierra Controls, LLC 87.7*
Resource Rascals 81
Redrock Dental 27.75*

“Can we extend the competition one more week?” – John
You can.

Public %
The Bike Kings 17%
DETR -Cyclepaths 12%*
USGS 11%
NV State Pks- Endangered Trails 7.90%*
USPS 7%
Western Nevada College 7%
Nevada Guard Rough Riders 6.30%*

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Glass Cycle – Jarill Ristine – $400 At Artsy Fartsy

Public Trips
The Bike Kings 93
DETR – Cyclepaths 69*
Nevada Guard Rough Riders 66*
NV State Pks- Endangered Trails 56*
Western Nevada College 40
USGS 39
USPS 32

“Each ride experience presence.” – Ed

Public Miles
The Bike Kings 514.74
Nevada Guard Rough Riders 510.7*
NV State Pks- Endangered Trails 230.25*
USGS 218.5
Western Nevada College 156.06
DETR 150*
USPS 34

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Bike to Work Week sucks!

Cruiser Ride, Results, and Rider Photos

Thank you to all who turned out for the West Side Cruiser Ride. This event gets better and better each year thanks to you!

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Bikes take over Minnesota St.

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The Erickson family having a great time on the Cruiser Ride.

You can view more photos of the Cruiser Ride HERE.

Bike To Work Week Corporate Challenge Results – Wednesday

* Indicates not all data received.

Sierra Controls LLC Bike Team 2013
Sierra Controls Bike Team

Private %
Redrock Dental 38%
Allison MacKenzie Law Firm 30.80%
Sierra Controls, LLC 28.3
Lumos Carson Office 24.3
Resource Rascals 10%

“I saw red winged blackbirds, wabbits, squirrels, a cat, and many many birds/waterfowl today. Took the ditch all the way in. it was amazing…………oh and one mailman” – Jenny

Private Miles
Lumos Carson Office 240.4
Allison MacKenzie Law Firm 96.8
Sierra Controls, LLC 87.7
Resource Rascals 62
Redrock Dental 27.75

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Lunch Parking

Private Trips
Allison MacKenzie Law Firm 56
Lumos Carson Office 44
Sierra Controls, LLC 40
Resource Rascals 20
Redrock Dental 14

“Bike commuting makes me happy” – Lynn
Me too!

Solo – Beyond
Janelle Thomas 225.2
Mark Colley 116.28
Tom Tittle 104.01
Scott Robertson 101.7
Lucio Bolognani 77.79
Kim Gray 70.8

“Each day is a little slower on the commute but boy is this fun to be up at sunrise and enjoying the beautiful scenes between Reno and Carson City. Had to add a few extra miles on the commute today since my rear shifter cable broke as I was crossing the intersection at Geiger on my way home. Went to Reno Cycling and Fitness at 6:30 pm and they were having a club event (thank goodness since they normally close at 6) but the shop had the mechanics fix me up! Great service and I highly recommend the shop if you ever need anything! Happy biking to everyone out there!” – Janelle

Solo – In Town
Jason Gardner 81
John Aragon 46.54
david eiswert 43.7
Danny Miller 38.76
Tammy Steele 32.8*
Srini Bokka 32*
Ed Skudlarek 25
Brenda Horton 16.4

“Seen a lot of people out on their bikes the last couple days. Nice to see the wind isn’t discouraging riders from pushin’ the pedals!” - John

Public %
The Bike Kings 17%
DETR 12%*
USGS 10%
NV State Pks- Endangered Trails 7.90%
Western Nevada College 6.75%
Nevada Guard Rough Riders 6.30%
USPS 6%

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Little Jerry says thumbs up to bike to work week from Belize !!!

Public Miles
Nevada Guard Rough Riders 510.7
The Bike Kings 418.14
NV State Pks- Endangered Trails 230.25
USGS 165
DETR 150*
Western Nevada College 99.34
USPS 25

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Allison MacKenzie Bike Parking

Public Trips
The Bike Kings 73
DETR 69*
Nevada Guard Rough Riders 66
NV State Pks- Endangered Trails 56
Western Nevada College 32
USGS 30
USPS 24

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Bike Kings Parking. Hmmm?

Tomorrow is Bike To Work Day
Several businesses are offering a free cup of joe to those of us commuting to work by bike. Please tell them thank you for supporting Bike to Work Day!

Participating businesses:
Bistro@Bryan – 901 S. Stewert
Comma Coffee – 312 S Carson
LA Bakery- 220 W. John
San Rafael Coffee Company – 711 S Carson

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Artsy Fartsy Tricycle Art

On display throughout May at Artsy Fartsy, 220A W. Telegraph St., are some very “cool” pieces of tricycle art created especially for Bike Month.

Steam Punk - Pam Black
Steam Punk – Pam Black – $500

Vintage Jewels - Stephanie Short
Vintage Jewels – Stephanie Short – $350

A portion of the proceeds benefit Muscle Powered

The Bike Smith
We had a good turnout at The Bike Smith Monday evening. Mickey, a natural instructor, provided all who attended a great lesson in becoming one with your flat tire. Zen tire repair? Thanks to everyone at The Bike Smith for offering this outstanding service to the cycling community.

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Bike To Work Week Corporate Challenge 2013
The Bike to Work Week Corporate Challenge is off to a great start with some very impressive milage being logged. The data is trickling in:

Solo-In Town

Tom Tittle 34.67
Jason Gardner 26
Tammy Steele 21.1
david eiswert 16.7
John Aragon 14
Danny Miller 11.63
Ed Skudlarek 9
Srini Bokka 8
Brenda Horton 2.8
Candy Wilkin 2.46
Solo – Beyond City Limits
Janelle Thomas 70.6
Kim Gray 50.18
Mark Colley 38.56
Lucio Bolognani 26
Scott Robertson 25.5

I apologize, I ran out of time to load the team results so I’ll get to it this evening. – Jeff

Here are a few comments from our challengers:

“To feel useful and productive and socially connected, my bicycle needs me to ride it. It is a “we” thing. Replace the i in illness with we you get wellness. Be kind to your bike today.” – Ed

“commute from CC to Reno. Beautiful tailwind on a great day.” – Scott

“What a super day to commute from Reno to Carson City!!! A bit windy in the afternoon commute but as I always say “if it ain’t blowin’ we ain’t goin’”. Looking forward to tomorrow’s commute!” – Janelle

Kim
“Seen 5 snakes.. 3 to Reno route east lake blvd and 2 flat and crispy, route old 395.” – Kim

“Great start to the week. Thanks for the fun!” – Dierdre

And fun it is! Thank you all for the comments.

Next up: Stationary Bike to Work Week

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Bike to Work Week 2013

We have a full week of fun scheduled next week starting with the Bike to Work Week Corporate Challenge.

May 13-17 — Bike to Work Week Corporate Challenge
It’s Bike to Work Week! Gather a team of co-workers and compete against other businesses and agencies for the most employee participation, most trips made by bike and commute miles ridden during the week. Click on the Corporate Challenge page above for rules and registration information.

Monday, May 13th
Flat Tire Clinic at The Bike Smith - Have you ever found yourself stranded with a flat tire? This always-useful clinic helps you learn how to fix a flat, so you’ll never be stranded.
Where: The Bike Smith, 900 N. Carson St.
When: 6:00 pm

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The Bike Smith’s Micky McDowell demonstrates proper wheel removal.

Tap Shack Social
After work, ride your bike over to the Tap Shack for the after-work ride social. Gather with other cyclist over a cold beverage. After the social head over the The Bike Smith (only a couple of blocks south) for the Flat Tire Clinic. Fat Tire to Flat Tire!
Where: Tap Shack, 112 Rice St.
When: After work

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Wednesday, May 15th
Westside Cruiser RIDE

Let’s show Carson City how fun biking can be! This leisurely ride around west Carson City is suitable for anyone who can stay on a bike. Costumes for riders and bikes are welcome and encouraged, but not required.
Where: Telegraph Square
When: Meet at 5:45, RIDE at 6:00pm

Friday, May 17
BIKE-TO-WORK DAY

RIDE from your home to your work! Stop for a free coffee on the way at generous Carson City coffee shops. Arrive at work happy and invigorated.
Participating Coffee Shops:
Bistro at Bryan
Comma Coffee
LA Bakery,
San Rafael Coffee Company

Artsy Fartsy
220A W. Telegraph St.
For the entire month of May Artsy Fartsy has a fleet of tricycle art on display. Pieces range from $150 – $500 and a portion of the proceeds will go towards the benefit of Muscle Powered. Also inside the gallery is bicycle jewelry created with recycled bike parts, as well as original bicycle art from local artists. This is a must see for all bicycle enthusiests.

Green Machine - James Axelson
Green Machine – James Axelson – $150

MAY 18 — Vietnam Veterans of America Family Bike Ride
Ride with a Vet! John Hussong and Chapter 388 Vietnam Vets will lead a 5-mile beginner-friendly family ride around west Carson City. Begins and ends at Telegraph Square with Bike to Work Week celebration.
Where: Telegraph Square When: Meet at 2:30, RIDE at 3:00 p.m.

Saturday, May 18th
Bike to Work Week Party

Come celebrate a great week of riding with food by local restaurants, live music, obstacle courses, raffle prizes (including 2 cruiser bikes. See below) Show ‘n’ Shine bike show, trike races, and all your bicycle buddies. Don’t miss it!
Where: Telegraph Square
When: 3:00-6:00 pm

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Phat Sea Breeze- Mens

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Phat Sea Breeze – Ladies

Upcoming Events

I hope everyone had a great time at Bike Habitat’s 6 Annual Tour of Carson!
From MP Board member Kelly Clark: “great Tour de Carson today, light rain did not seem to be a problem for the 60 or so riders who came out. I enjoyed it, especially the clean after rain smell. Awesome food, Denis Coyne and Bike Habitat folks did a great job putting it all together. A couple of renewals and new membersships came in at sign up–that is always good!”

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Post ride parking at the T.O.C.

May 6 — BIKE MOVIE @ Sassafras
Oops! Due to a slight scheduling snafu on our part the bike movie that one reviewer described as, “riveting as “Plan 9 From Outer Space” and as moving as “Eraserhead”, The Flying Scottsman will be postponed to another night (TBD). But that doesn’t mean you can’t jump on your bike and pedal down to Sassafras and watch “Into the Wild” with old and new friends. So come on down and see if you can spot a bike in the movie.
Where: Sassafras Eclectic Food Joint, 318 N. Carson St. When: 6:30 pm

May 7 — Celebrity RIDE
What started out as one supervisor riding a tandem around town with a bike advocate has grown into a large ride with elected officials, city staff, and other notables. This easy 1-hour loop builds advocacy and showcases Carson City’s bikeability.
Where: Telegraph Square When: 10:00 am. Please arrive early for a brief safety talk.
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Our 2nd Celebrity Bike Ride – May 2010

May 13-17 — Corporate Challenge
It’s Bike Week! Gather a team of co-workers and compete against other businesses and agencies for the most commute miles ridden during the week. Click on the Corporate Challenge page above for rules and registration information.

If you get a chance drop by Artsy Fartsy , 220A W. Telegraph St, and check the bicycle and jewelry art. You will be amazed!
Rusted Ride- Angie Fluitt
Rusted Ride – Angie Fluitt $150

A portion of the proceeds from the bicycle art will be donated to Muscle Powered.

Get Ready for Bike Month

Sheriff Kenny and Muscle Powered advisor Lee Harter getting ready to ride - "Celebrity Ride" 2012

Sheriff Kenny and Muscle Powered advisor Lee Harter getting ready to ride – “Celebrity Ride” 2012

Next month is Bike Month and there are plenty of activities planned in Carson City. We kick off on April 24 with Nevada Moves Day at the State Legislature. Muscle Powered is organizing exhibits in the front foyer of the legislative building highlighting Nevada groups working for better walking and biking. Participants include the Reno Bike Project, Safe Routes to Schools, the Carson Valley Trails Association and more. Muscle Powered members will invite legislators on a one-hour walk from 7 to 8 am starting from the legislative building, highlighting complete and not-so-complete streets in downtown Carson City. Exhibits will be up all day long – this is a good opportunity to visit what everyone during the session calls simply “the building,” so come down and say hello.

Rides

Next up is Bike Habitat’s Tour de Carson on Sunday, May 5. This popular ride starts from Bike Habitat in the Topsy Lane shopping center, circles Carson City, then ends up back at Bike Habitat for a barbecue.

Jenny Scanland is leading Slow Spokes Rides every Wednesday at 5:15 pm through June. Contact Jenny at  jscanland@charter.net, 684 2787

Several years ago Jeff Potter picked up then-City Supervisor Shelly Aldean on his tandem and they rode to work together on the first day of Bike To Work Week. This has evolved into a  Celebrity Ride where community leaders are invited to join Muscle Powered members on a leisurely hour-long ride around Carson City’s west side. Last year we were joined by the mayor, the sheriff, and several City department heads. This year we have invited state officials as well, so we’ll see who shows up. The Celebrity Ride will be on Tuesday, May 7.

One of the most popular events of Bike Month, the Cruiser Ride, will take place on Wednesday, May 15. Ride your prettiest bike. Costumes – for both bikes and riders – are not mandatory but welcome.

Vietnam Veterans of America family bike ride will take place on Saturday May 18, just before the end-of-Bike-Week party.

Artists

Local Gallery Artsy Fartsy is hosting a tricycle yard art contest. The trikes will be decorated by local artists, and will be sold by silent auction. The gallery will also show bicycle-themed art throughout the month.

Bike to Work Week

Of course the whole purpose of Bike Month – besides to have fun, which is always important – is to encourage biking for transportation. Bike to Work Week is May 13-17. Bike to Work DAY is May 17. We are organizing another Corporate/Agency Challenge this year, so you can compete for most miles ridden during the week as an individual or team, and get your chance to hold on to our enormous Bike Trophy for a year. Contact Jeff Potter through this site if you want to take part. Jenny Scanland is hosting a Bike Commute Station in the state’s Bryan Building (901 S. Stewart St) on May 1,2, and 3 to share tips for bike commuting. There will be free coffee for bike commuters on Bike to Work Day May 17 at various locations – check here or on our Facebook page for details.

Parties and other events

The End-of-Bike-Week Party will be Saturday, May 18, 3-6 pm, on West Telegraph Street by Telegraph Square in downtown Carson City. There will be a raffle including 2 cruiser bikes, bands, food trucks, tricycle races, and more.

This isn’t all. Other events include a bike social at Tap Shack, a women’s bike clinic led by Muscle Powered board member Cortney Bloomer, a bike movie at Sassafras, potentially a showing of Rick Gunn’s popular Soul Cycler slide show and more. Check back for info as these events are lined up.

Flat Tire Repair Clinic at the Bike Smith

So you’re out on your bike, 15 miles away from home, and you get a flat. No problem! Just grab your spare tube, your pump, and… What’s that? You don’t know how to fix a flat tire?

Bike Smith Flat Tire Repair Clinc
Learn how to repair your own flat tires at the Bike Smith

A flat tire is the most common problem that WILL happen on your bike. Thankfully they’re pretty easy to repair with a little know-how. You can ride pretty far in a short amount of time on your bike, and having the skill to fix a flat will keep you from walking a long way back home.  The Bike Smith is once again offering their popular Flat Tire Repair Clinic on Tuesday, May 22nd at 6:00PM. They will go over wheel removal, inspecting the tire for damage and sharp objects, and replacing the tube. Other topics may come up as time allows.

What: Flat Tire Repair Clinic
When: Tuesday, May 22nd at 6:00PM.
Where: The Bike Smith, 900 N Carson St, Carson City, NV 89701
More info: (775) 883-3210